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What a hand squeeze can mean!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011      3 comments

At knitting last night, one of the knitters told a wonderful story. When the family sat down to a meal, they always joined hands to say grace. At the end, they would send a hand squeeze around the table that meant "I love you." Once when K. w... Read more


Tuesday, June 07, 2011      6 comments

I belong to a knitting group at a friend's church. We knit prayer shawls. When someone needs a shawl to deal with life's issues, we select a prayer from an elegant selection and each holding a piece of the shawl, we recite the prayer together,... Read more

New treat

Sunday, June 05, 2011      3 comments

My DH plays mixed double tennis with a woman who is originally from India. Her daughters were in school at the same high school and same time as our children. Today was the finals of the French Open Tennis championship which DH and I have been... Read more

Canoeing and geo chaching

Saturday, June 04, 2011      5 comments

DH and I have canoed many times before and mostly enjoy it.... except when I get flustered and turn the wrong way. Today our local county conservation agency sponsored a canoe and geo caching event. GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasu... Read more

Lemons to lemonade... but not very sweet.

Thursday, June 02, 2011      2 comments

Okay, the last 36 hours or so have not been particularly smooth for me. Yesterday started off great with a wonderful yoga class and a visit to a good friend in the country. The day was beautiful, her gardens beautiful, the conversation good...... Read more

A Gift of Love received with love

Sunday, May 29, 2011      7 comments

Last year our DD lived in a house with 3 remarkable young men. Two of them were fellow third year law students and one was a friend of one of her classmates from undergrad school. In addition to the human inhabitants were 3 cats of various siz... Read more

A question?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011      6 comments

I am quite active on the forum posts, especially for the DWD, Yoga Lovers, Positive Mental Health and Iowa teams. I always work to find something positive to say or to find the positive parts in any post I read. However, I feel as if I am be... Read more

A few pictures from sky dive

Sunday, May 22, 2011      8 comments

Just to give a sense of the freedom and joy of the skydive. Read more

Beautiful Land from the sky

Saturday, May 21, 2011      5 comments

Iowa means beautiful land in the language of the original inhabitants. I have seen it from walking the sidewalks of its towns and cities, from the paths of its parks, lakes and forests. I have seen from the seat of bike on RAGBRAI (Register's ... Read more

Bike Ride

Thursday, May 19, 2011      2 comments

Took an incredible bike ride today. You never expect to find a jewel such as this in your own backyard as it were. We put the bikes on the car this morning, had a great breakfast at IHOP (one of their fit meals - 2 egg sub. scrambled, 2 slices... Read more

Nutritious Learning 2 - Pale lemonade

Monday, May 16, 2011      4 comments

I spent another 35 minutes on my stationary bike today while I continued to learn from my Great Courses DVD on Nutrition. This lesson was about water. We all think we know that we should have 64 oz. or 8 glasses of water a day. However, like ... Read more

Nutritious learning

Saturday, May 14, 2011      7 comments

There is a wonderful business called The Teaching Company. At a reasonable cost, if you wait for the sales, you can get college level courses delivered on CD or DVD in 30 -45 minute segments that cover almost any subject you can imagine. I am ... Read more

Rising to the challenge

Saturday, May 07, 2011      7 comments

OK, so those pounds from the holidays are incredibly stubborn. Haven't gained any since, but haven't lost those 8 lbs. yet. So I decided to join the May challenge. Just completed week one and can't believe how good I feel. I love having the ... Read more

Poetry and Teens

Thursday, May 05, 2011      4 comments

For the second year in a row, I have spent one day a week in April at a school for troubled teens exploring poetry. April is poetry month. We got started a little late this year, so our "presentation" wasn't until today. I wish you could have... Read more


Monday, May 02, 2011      3 comments

I just finished reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. One line towards the end really got me thinking. The main character says (I am paraphrasing) Ecstasy is when the sacred enters the ordinary. I started looking around me and realiz... Read more

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