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The Getaway
Monday, August 08, 2011      3 comments

This will be a short blog. It is unusual for me to be brief......but I must. I am packing for a short trip to San Diego. My 59th birthday is Tues. and my husband has planned a hotel stay on Mission Bay. It is so sweet of him to make this eff... Read more
From Eeyore to Tigger
Saturday, August 06, 2011      7 comments

Today i woke up as Eeyore. I had a dark cloud hanging over my head, and despite my desire to be affable, I felt blue. Now, this is not an unusual place for me to be as I awake, but I no longer allow myself to let Eeyore take up residence in my... Read more
Restraint of Tongue
Monday, August 01, 2011      5 comments

I sat trying to change my status this morning, pondering how I really felt, and finally decided to say that it was a very good day for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Restraint of tongue was my code today. I was feeling oddly gray and somber... Read more
An Expectation of Relaxation
Sunday, July 31, 2011      4 comments

Today is a day of rest. I have always been an "achiever", sometimes to my own demise. But, today I am requiring myself to relax and enjoy the soft California rain, my husband, my dogs, and my very humble home. I plan to finish "Sparking... Read more
The Privilege of Life
Friday, July 29, 2011      4 comments

I've spent the better part of the past three weeks directly involved with death and the dying. I held my friend Joy's head as she took her last breath and I whispered to my uncle as he was slowly making his transition into eternal life. I hav... Read more
From Self Pity to Gratitude
Friday, July 22, 2011      5 comments

I've heard it said, and have read it many times, that "self pity and gratitude" cannot exist in the same house. The house I refer to is the soul. Self pity is an emotional response to problems in life when one has an unbalanced and crooked vie... Read more
Rising Above the Drama
Tuesday, July 19, 2011      5 comments

In my past blogs I described the memorial service I have been asked to "quarterback" and organize. I was wise to circle a very small wagon train of reliable helpers around me from the start. We have remained cohesive, reliable, and accountable... Read more
In Homage to my Aunt
Sunday, July 17, 2011      4 comments

My beautiful Aunt Sue, my mother's sister, has become a wonderful substitute mom for me in the past decade. She has always been there for me, rescuing me from insane situations when I was a child and a young woman. Our contact waned a bit, dur... Read more
The Legacy of a Child
Saturday, July 16, 2011      2 comments

Thirty three years ago on the 10th of this month my twin brother was murdered in a robbery at a liquor market in Long Beach. He and I were both expecting our first born. From that morning on, the course of the lives of most of my biological fa... Read more
Service to others, Service to self
Thursday, July 14, 2011      4 comments

It's 11:45 p.m. and I'm finally able to meditate on the day and jot down my thoughts. I spent the day, again, being of service to others. I planned a bridal shower with a friend, I assisted the family of my friend Joy, who passed away yesterda... Read more
Reporting for Duty
Wednesday, July 13, 2011      3 comments

Little did I know when I changed my "status" this morning and talked about humility and not being the center of the universe, that I would be called into action to be of service to a dear friend and role model. My friend, Joy, has been ill for ... Read more
The Importance of Gratitude
Tuesday, July 12, 2011      5 comments

I've learned the hard way that gratitude is the vital link in achieving peace and contentment. Gratitude, it seems, cannot co-exist with anger, frustration, resentment, or self pity. I keep a gratitude list on my computer and it keeps getting ... Read more
Lesson Learned Today
Monday, July 11, 2011      5 comments

I had to paint my kitchen today. I would like to say that I "hate" interior painting, but one of the rules I grew up with was to say I "dislike it intensely". Then I would like to say I dislike painting intensely, but I've realized that someti... Read more
Being Teachable
Sunday, July 10, 2011      5 comments

I have become much better at active listening in the past 10 years. I subscribe to the principles of the St. Francis prayer; I seek to understand rather than to be understood, to love rather than to be loved, to give rather than receive, and to... Read more
Paloma, my Dove
Thursday, July 07, 2011      1 comments

Life takes many twists and turns and my Granddaughter, Paloma, is one of my most miraculous gifts. I believe she was sent by God to heal broken hearts. That seems like a burden for such a small infant, but I believe the intent was not to burde... Read more

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