Today is going to be a challenge. I volunteer at the local zoo, which I absolutely love to do and am grateful for the opportunity. I get to observe elephants….what a blessing and sacred gift this has been for me. I am able to be with them quietly and simply observe their being. The zoo … Continue reading Painful awakening – Releasing the Past – Emerging into the Present →
I want to tell you a story about a mini trip that I took this week – a trip to the Land of Old. This land is a very unique place, with its own fashions, devices, people, and culture. It’s a land that we actually, if lucky enough, enter someday if we live long enough. … Continue reading A Day Trip to the Land of Old →
Did I get your attention with the title? I know that you may be expecting something in this blog based on the title, but this really is about the birds and the bees! So I have, since my retirement, enjoyed not only more writing, and painting, but also have found such joy in simple things. … Continue reading The Birds and the Bees…. →
Today I am thinking about the heaviness of our feelings, the weight of grief. Grief, as I have written about in past posts, for me feels like an ever more constant and familiar companion as I continue this aging journey. Losses of friends, family, pets, roles, structure (since retirement), youth, bodies as we used to … Continue reading The Weight of Grief, the Measure of Sadness →
I am struck these days, in observing myself on this journey of aging and life, with how challenging self compassion can be. I would ask each of you, how often did you show yourself the same kindness and compassion that you are able to show others? I recently had an experience that once again brought … Continue reading The medicine of self compassion →
I am in my home today, listening to the sound of chain saws (not my favorite melody, to be sure). I have a cedar tree on my property that is leaning in a way that does not bode well, should it come down completely at some point. The arborist counseled that it is time to … Continue reading The ache of trees….. →
Now that I have been retired for over a year now (and what an interesting time to have retired…during a pandemic), I find that I have more time to notice the thoughts and memories that seem to so randomly populate my mind and flash up on my internal screen. What I also notice is that … Continue reading A Moment of Kindness – A Reminder of All We Can Be →
I am struck lately by something that I have noticed for a while. There seems to be a broad category of “over 50” that now somehow covers everything post 50 and beyond. Although I am glad to see this category and group get the attention that it so deserves, I notice that as I continue … Continue reading Fading decades… →
It’s a quiet, calm Sunday morning and I am struck by the moment. This moment. Which is all that we really have – this very moment that we are in. Nothing else is guaranteed or promised. Just this one precious moment. I sit here with so many feelings. I feel gratitude. For my life, for … Continue reading Sunday morning musings….. →
I’ve been thinking lately (always a dangerous thing…..!) about things we get used to and accept without thinking or because we don’t want to appear too sensitive. First of all, I am often told that I am very sensitive….to which I reply…..thank you so much. Although it may not have been intended as a compliment, … Continue reading Conditional compliments and “just kidding” comments…..No, thank you. I’ll pass. →
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