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  • Respect

    9/19/2017 6:38:29 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Walrus and the Carpenter.

    9/18/2017 10:46:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just had to look this up! I could not remember it at all! Thanks all for commenting on my Halloween memory blog! Chris 424 The Walrus and The Carpenter Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) The sun was shining on the sea, Shining wi... Read more

  • Much worse than sauron's eye

    9/18/2017 12:43:32 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • First writing assignment---result.

    9/17/2017 1:47:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Costumes for Halloween have been a huge source of anxiety for me. You most likely never had that problem. And it is not a problem I have often. But at age 70, I have had more such episodes than I realized. I am trying now to figure out why I have such stress surrounding this issue. Here are some of... Read more

  • Rough and challenging week.......

    9/17/2017 7:56:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Unpleasant surprises and blindsidings - don't need those AT ALL! 28 Had another civilized chat with a family member, but as usual I don't see things going anywhere as far as is what it is........ 101 Took a HUGE "leap of faith" earlier this week - am... Read more

  • Sauron's eye

    9/17/2017 1:15:22 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Word

    9/16/2017 1:19:29 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Photography

    9/15/2017 8:05:36 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    My retired life is very full these days. Aside from the usual family activities, I am immersed in photography. I am busy coordinating a new photo club in our town that I was able to get started. We are having monthly meetings, with photo shoots in between. There is a professional photographer... Read more

  • Eye infection

    9/13/2017 12:51:42 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Raw day 2.

    9/12/2017 11:53:29 AM, by PARASELENIC

    Breakfast: grapefruit watermelon ginger blend, blueberries. Banana and all day snacking oranges. Lunch: kale spinach grapefruit orange broccoli brussel sprout onion sunflower tahini salad Dinner: Corn tomato bell pepper onion cilantro sprouted quinoa lime chili salad A... Read more

  • Clouds

    9/12/2017 1:59:43 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Raw day 1, start.

    9/11/2017 11:49:59 AM, by PARASELENIC

    I'm doing raw for the next 30 days. To keep me honest, I'm posting what I'm eating here in pictures. My goal is to picture every blt for the next 30 days, as well as record on chronometer (I wish spark and cronometer had a relationship-- I like their tracker much more). So this blog will be changing... Read more

  • Persimmon season coming

    9/11/2017 1:25:13 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • The view from the rear...

    9/10/2017 2:47:01 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Small decisions made daily

    9/10/2017 12:48:14 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    For the last month, I've been more or less phoning it in to Spark. I've had a long birthday weekend, two trips, two kids starting school, three work projects piled on top of each other, and a refrigerator on the fritz. I've mostly tracked my food, but not 100%, and exercise has fallen by the wayside... Read more

  • Saved by the Web(Spider) and Other Stories from the 'Hood

    9/9/2017 9:06:00 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Last week, when Tom was in the hospital, J and L drove me home. I have two steps up into my home, covered by a metal canopy awning. When we bought the house, Tom said the awnings would be the first things to go. We actually love them and want to replace the ones the previous owner removed. Howev... Read more

  • So happy

    9/9/2017 1:30:57 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • I joined a writers group--oh my!

    9/8/2017 11:05:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course we have an assignment. The leader asked for suggestions. I said , Halloween." My reasoning is that it is a wide open topic. People can write about their own experiences, spooky stuff, belief in the hereafter, spiritual beings here on earth, weather in the fall, how the holiday started... Read more

  • Depth

    9/8/2017 1:15:36 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Sept 6 2017

    9/7/2017 4:31:57 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Love

    9/6/2017 1:49:37 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Progress

    9/5/2017 2:44:33 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Be in the hot dessert (desert?) for a week!I could not do that!

    9/4/2017 9:29:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    With 70,000 other people. I think I will stick to watching little movies and photos on the computer. for the burning man event... Read more

  • Boy Scout Law--every once in awhile I like to re-remember this list

    9/4/2017 9:26:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Boy Scout Law A Scout is: •Trustworthy, •Loyal, •Helpful, •Friendly, •Courteous, •Kind, •Obedient, •Cheerful, •Thrifty, •Brave, •Clean, •and Reverent. ... Read more

  • I just heard about the "burning man" event . I am years late. Fascinating.

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  • Thank you all for prayers and goodwishes for my nephew.

    9/4/2017 9:13:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    I love you all. He knows how dire his situation is. But he has come to grips with it. I see him only rarely, more often now that we have moved to this area. Due to the circulation problem , as a young man he had both legs taken and has worn artificial legs below the knee. And his life has been ... Read more

  • The world is full of miracles

    9/4/2017 2:57:49 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Asking prayers for a dear nephew of mine.

    9/3/2017 12:19:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    His Mom just passed away and he is now battling cancer of the esophagus--after many long years of battling a circulatory disease. Life sure isn't fair sometimes. He is about 50 years old now. chris... Read more

  • Gimmee coffee!!! (Said like Cookie Monster talks.)

    9/3/2017 11:31:45 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Gandparent milestones

    9/3/2017 11:02:30 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My first GS turned 7 yesterday. He's a self-proclaimed expert of oh, so many things! Friday he read me a funny book while jumping up and down, twirling around, hopping on one foot all the while doing what little boys do; hanging onto boy things. 20 I raised girls and it was very different. ... Read more

  • More. Less.

    9/3/2017 1:18:49 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Entergy. More love. More fun. More order. More control, more discipline. Less clutter, less exhaustion. Less indecision. More laughter. More play. More pure joy.... Read more

  • Love

    9/2/2017 1:26:23 AM, by COURTENAYE

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    9/1/2017 3:43:30 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • September already. Time for fall motivation.

    9/1/2017 7:18:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I like seeing crisp, blues skies and yellow leaves. I like the smell of piles of leaves; maybe from childhood memories of jumping in them! There is also something therapeutic in clearing out the jungle of my garden as plants wither in the fall. I like clean spaces. 334 My ramp up to exercise... Read more

  • Oh the places we go... (kaiser cardiology)

    9/1/2017 1:56:04 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Lucky 13

    8/31/2017 2:36:44 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Yesterday was my 13th wedding anniversary. I was in the hospital with Tom from 7:30 a.m. till 8:30 at night. Our original plan had been to drive out East and either have a nice lunch out there or cash in on a restaurant card the kids gave us for Christmas. Instead, Tom's been in the hospita... Read more

  • Doing better

    8/31/2017 1:18:33 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Looking forward to making progress and everything getting better. It has to, doesn't it... Read more

  • HIIT-for me??? I never even considered it but...

    8/30/2017 10:42:16 AM, by CTUPTON
    itness_articles.asp?id=2288 Maybe there are some exercises I can do faster . chris... Read more

  • Puppy has returned to parents.

    8/30/2017 8:34:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I continue to look for my constant shadow as I walk through the house. No one is biting my pajama bottoms. Scratching at the bathroom door. Sticking a horribly soaked chewed toy in my hand for a tug of war. Leaving surprises near the pee pad instead of on it. 39 Huh. It was easy to fall back i... Read more

  • Needing inspiration

    8/30/2017 12:30:02 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Beautiful things. Great news.

    8/29/2017 5:59:25 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I changed my page to reflect some beautiful things. By following instructions with medications, even getting up every several hours in the night, I dogged a bullet. Today the doctor said "Congratulations, this looks great!" 334 Then he admonished me to remember I had surgery, no matter it ... Read more

  • Blog 2 for the day, Numbers, veganism, 6 month outlook.

    8/29/2017 12:05:23 PM, by PARASELENIC

    thing one: if you subscribe to someone's blogs, you have to click the link you get in your email to stay subscribed. for that reason, when folks post more than one blog a day, essentially you are guaranteed to get kicked off of their blogs. So here I am doing something that drives me nuts when... Read more

  • Podcasts (blog 1 for the day, cuz I'm sh*tty and going to post two in a row)

    8/29/2017 11:36:14 AM, by PARASELENIC

    I originally posted this on a sparkboard, but after all the typing decided to post here, too-- as my sparkfriends tend to be the folks I communicate with more often and in more meaningful ways (more than just rando message board crap) I am a podcast ADDICT. I use podcasts when I clean the ho... Read more

  • Third Wheelchair Ride

    8/29/2017 11:13:26 AM, by TRESSWANN

    This is beginning to be so unfunny. My husband gives platelets regularly. He has a high platelet count and is a universal donor. He does it just because and has only used his accrued point one time to get a fleece that advertises the Blood Center. H e went mid July but they couldn't do it as h... Read more

  • So far, so good.........

    8/29/2017 6:21:59 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have some challenges wrt food the next few weeks, but at least in one case I have prepared a general plan for coping........this is a place I've been at in the past so I know what options I can far as the latter part of the month, well .......... I gotta do some more thinking on th... Read more

  • Air soccer

    8/29/2017 1:22:45 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Finally--seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

    8/28/2017 12:54:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been years trying to get our life under control--many years. Today 2 friends helped me do the next step in emptying the large storage unit I am paying for. Not done yet but getting there. DD 2 weeks ago took out a van-full of stuff. Today, we just moved the old handicap equipm... Read more

  • Healthy snacks from SP--but.... my problem is portion control!

    8/28/2017 9:17:44 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Ok, that's IT! RESTART!

    8/28/2017 5:46:02 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Oddly enough, after an unusual chat with a source that I often don't chat with (don't ask ;) ), I made the decision to restart once again it's been a rough hear, with a *LOT* of starts/stops/restarts........s
    igh........) - so far, so good (even with cutting back on sweets, which have been my dow... Read more

  • Done and dusted

    8/28/2017 2:07:38 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Coping

    8/27/2017 8:12:57 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    This whole eye thing has been a humbling experience. Annoying to boot and thanks to ONEKIDSMOM for the shoutout. I am watching Chewy while the kids are across the pond visiting family and I was given permission by my MD to be able to walk the dog. After being sloth-like for the past 5 weeks (!!!!... Read more

  • Crowned

    8/27/2017 5:03:14 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Struggling

    8/27/2017 3:23:50 AM, by METALBABE

    Once again I find myself not knowing where to start. I feel like I have hit bottom again. Everything is out of control. Everything is addiction and excess and unbalance and negativity. I feel completely alone and hopeless. Not sure what I'm hoping for in showing up here, but I had to try something.... Read more

  • New to me: bone broth

    8/26/2017 1:10:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found this article. I sings the praises for bone broth. wow! I bought a box recently because I needed to drink only liquids the day before my medical testing. So, now I am curious about this broth.
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  • Sharing the joy

    8/26/2017 2:09:19 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Jennifer's Way

    8/25/2017 2:41:58 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Recently, I read Jennifer's Way by Jennifer Esposito. If you don't know, she's an actor who suffered for years with undiagnosed celiac disease. This is a must read even if you do not have a celiac problem. If you have been on a journey to discover what's not right with you, this is informative.... Read more

  • End of another week........

    8/25/2017 6:26:24 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still stuck wrt/better eating (though I have been consistent with veggies/salads, which have been problematic for me in the past) - have been skipping some dinners due to lack of interest in anything other than sleeping.........not sure why, though, since I'm feeling fairly good......... Perhap... Read more

  • Fun

    8/25/2017 1:00:17 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Standing by

    8/24/2017 5:20:02 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Nothing worse than hearing "We'll have to work on that " from my eye doctor. Everything is lemon-lime and cloudy. Apparently I am not having a fairy tale recovery. Sigh. Tired of laying on my side with my nose to the floor. Hmmmpf. More procedures in my future. Being pirate-like is... Read more

  • Friends

    8/24/2017 3:51:15 AM, by COURTENAYE

    it's all an adventure...... Read more

  • Accomplishments and progress

    8/23/2017 9:01:48 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Completed a lot of business correspondence I've been putting off for months, mailed some gift boxes to sick friends, and had a croque Madame sandwich with a salad for brunch. Perfection!... Read more

  • pinterest cat toys and lots of other ideas

    8/23/2017 10:10:48 AM, by CTUPTON
    1994613048/ I went looking how to make the cat toy "whack a mole." chris ... Read more

  • Patience

    8/22/2017 4:17:49 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Behave and see the doc next week. Not much more than that! 211... Read more

  • A message from a stranger

    8/22/2017 9:33:19 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    This past Saturday, I was shopping for clothing at a local department store. After trying on a few items, I was experiencing the usual post-dressing-room gloom, and my mood was low. Most of my negative feelings were in reaction to what my 72-year-old skin looks like after some fat has been l... Read more

  • On the events of Monday.......

    8/22/2017 5:39:14 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nope - didn't bother with the eclipse (was otherwise engaged, which was just fine with me) did see it......."whatever"......... Just didn't feel the enthusiasm for all that hoopla..........don't know if it's my age, general mood - not really sure, but I just knew that I needed to "... Read more

  • I really love my life

    8/22/2017 2:19:51 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Eclipse, schmeclipse.........

    8/21/2017 6:01:26 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Will be working through the event, which is just fine by me........... Read more

  • Tomatoes

    8/21/2017 1:54:04 AM, by COURTENAYE

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