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Tuesday, September 28, 2010      0 comments

Today I was responding to posts and looking at Spark pages when I came across the page of a member who spent an evening with my favorite poet, Mary Oliver. She responded to my post suggesting another poet I might like. I followed her suggestio... Read more

Just for Fun: Pets and a view from the pot

Monday, September 27, 2010      5 comments

We have 4 animals that live with us. Two dogs (9 years old each) a German short-hair pointer and a Vizula. We also have two small cats - Guzel (means pretty in Turkish) who is 8.5 lbs, and often arches her back like a Halloween cat. We also ha... Read more

Commentary on Change

Sunday, September 26, 2010      3 comments

I used to hate change. All I was looking for was a destination, forgetting that the destination is the end and it's the journey that life is about. This time of year is one for noticing change and instead of evaluating it, just noting it. ... Read more

Light and Weight

Saturday, September 25, 2010      3 comments

This evening DH and I went to a concert of a folk singer. (Yes, we are that old.) He played a guitar and sang his own songs about being part of a whole world. In one song he had us sing the the chorus. He had written the song about this time... Read more

Get Skype!

Friday, September 24, 2010      2 comments

This is really not a commercial because the product I am talking about is a free computer application. If your computer has sound and/or sound and a camera, you can talk to anyone in the world for free and see them. My DH's sister lives in Ge... Read more

Walking and Meditating

Thursday, September 23, 2010      1 comments

I have an MP3 loaded on my IPod that is a series of affirmations about recovering from serious surgery. It is about 20 minutes long. I used it during my solitary walk to a nearby park. It is the longest walk I have taken since my surgery almo... Read more

Up date on Tummy tuck

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      2 comments

It is just short of two weeks since I had my tummy tuck. According to the doctor everything is going well. However, in addition to wearing a very tight elastic band about 12 inches wide around my lower belly, I was also instructed this week to... Read more

A compliment, I think.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010      5 comments

There is a teacher at the alternative high school where I used to teach who is retiring this year. She is a true technology immigrant with quite an "accent." I have helped her over the years with the grading program the district installed abou... Read more

Lawyers are good people

Monday, September 20, 2010      2 comments

Today my DH and I had the privilege of watching over 200 people take an oath to become lawyers and officers of the court in the state of Iowa. The main speaker listed 10 commandments of being a good lawyer. He summarized the first three as the... Read more

Sadness, resignation and acceptance

Sunday, September 19, 2010      1 comments

I think some of those words in my title are stages of grief. It is a grief I am anticipating rather than in the middle of. My DH's wonderful uncle has decided he is ready to "be with Nancy" his wife who died a few years ago. His 90th birthday... Read more

Unexpected Rewards

Saturday, September 18, 2010      8 comments

I had a very emotional 3 hours this afternoon and I am still processing it. I retired 2 years ago after 19 years of teaching at risk teens. I love every minute (almost) I taught and fell in love with so many of the kids who were heroes to me f... Read more

Being Realistic

Friday, September 17, 2010      2 comments

This morning I took a lovely 20 minute walk around our neighborhood while I listened to positive affirmations about recovery from surgery. It was a lovely day, low 70's, achingly blue sky with a few puffy clouds, just a hint of color to a few l... Read more

DD's email

Wednesday, September 15, 2010      3 comments

I can't resist posting this copy of the email DD sent after passing the bar exam: Also, I passed the bar. Also, it is the best feeling in the world!!!! Also, I passed the bar. Also, Matthew (her older brother who is an attorn... Read more


Tuesday, September 14, 2010      1 comments

My DD just heard that she passed the bar exam in Missouri. She is now a full-fledged lawyer!!!!! WOOO HOOOO! I could even hear her dancing over the phone. Her best friends passed as well and we will be "stand-in" parents next week when they ... Read more

Patience in not in my vocabulary

Monday, September 13, 2010      5 comments

Looking back, I wish I could remember the patience that allowed me to be happy with 1-2 lb losses per week, with slowly increasing the time and resistance on the recumbent bike, but I can't seem to gather that memory and put it into play. Okay,... Read more

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