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A poem worth sharing
Tuesday, June 30, 2015      4 comments

A reminder for all of us today from the gifted Derek Walcott: Love After Love (we can't read this too many times!) -- The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirro... Read more
December 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014      2 comments

Dear Spark friends, Wow! It is already December 10! I've mailed a few packages but I haven't sent a Christmas letter. I may not get to that, but I thought I'd write a spark Christmas letter to share about my year on spark. First off, I... Read more
November Gratitudes
Saturday, November 01, 2014      3 comments

Goodbye October! What a whirlwind of emotion. The ups: celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with good friends and my children, a trip to DC... getting to see my 89 and 92 year old parents and my sister and her family, biking along the C ... Read more
October
Wednesday, October 01, 2014      2 comments

Here comes the candy. I am committed to staying away from the candy. One day at a time.... Read more
September
Monday, September 01, 2014      4 comments

(this reminds me why they call it empty nest and not empty sty!) Last weekend, we dropped the last of our three children off at college. While I am so excited for h... Read more
Back on Track in August
Saturday, August 02, 2014      7 comments

Woke up yesterday with that "It's a new month, I can make the most of it, I can accomplish my goals" feeling so I am going to ride the crest of that wave for as long as I can. Thanks to Debbie for this article and link to provide daily su... Read more
1/2 way through the challenge, nowhere near where I want to be
Friday, July 18, 2014      6 comments

I realize some challenges are better than others, but I just can't get my groove going for the summer challenge! I've been exercising, but not as much as I usually do. I'm noticing that I've let some old habits creep back in...I'm less caref... Read more
Thought of this poem today.
Thursday, July 17, 2014      3 comments

Everything in Life is Divided by Cortney Davis Everything in life is divided: twenty-four hours that fade from day to night, the sand at Martha's Vineyard, where we vacationed last year, separating us from the ocean wh... Read more
Summer so far
Thursday, June 26, 2014      6 comments

Well I am a big believer in the power of blogging. Seems like when I take the time to announce my plans and write them down, I am much more likely to honor that commitment. So far, this summer... I visited my 89 year old mom and my 87 year ... Read more
'I got the eye of the tiger'
Tuesday, May 27, 2014      7 comments

Last spring, I joined my first challenge as a Beautiful Butterfly. It took me one whole challenge to learn how to do the challenge and to appreciate the way it helped focus, support and solidify my habits. It took two challenges before I lost ... Read more
Mind over Milkshake: how your thoughts fool your stomach
Tuesday, April 15, 2014      5 comments

This was a fascinating piece I heard on NPR this morning. I've been thinking about this very phenomenon quite a bit lately, about how my thinking shapes my being. What a bonus to find out that it also influences how I metabolize food! ... Read more
Spring Challenge as a Tiger Monarch
Monday, March 31, 2014      7 comments

Hello new team! I loved my four challenges as a Beautiful Butterfly. I made some headway on my habits and now I've busted out of my chrysalis and I'm ready to fly with a new team. Here's my plan for the Spring Challenge Just Go- I ru... Read more
Rachel's List #3and #4
Tuesday, March 11, 2014      6 comments

Quick Review 1. Just Go 2. Do 5 #3 Just Do Today Yes , this is a variation on one day at a time. I wish I were a the stage where I could just let one day happen at a time, but I'm still a go go go person that tries to do too much. S... Read more
Listing my tips and tricks #1 and #2
Thursday, March 06, 2014      15 comments

I've been thinking that I should list out all the tips and tricks I've learned over the years that have led me success. I think I'll start today. #1 Just go. Yesterday morning I DID NOT want to get up and workout. I told myself, "j... Read more
March
Wednesday, March 05, 2014      7 comments

March 5, the first day of lent. My mom is Catholic, my dad is Jewish. My mom said she wanted us all to grow up to be Catholics. My dad said he wanted us to be Cardinal's fans. (He's from St. Louis). I am just enough of a Cardinal's ... Read more

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