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Holiday Blues on Black Friday

Holiday Blues on Black Friday

I know it’s Black Friday but I’m not a shopper anymore, if I ever was. I’m so grateful I don’t have the need to fight the crowds and spend money to feel like it’s the holiday season. I still have memories of New York Department store shopping and driving around the mall parking lot for hours trying to find a parking space. The image of an overbearing group of hysterical women fighting over a sale table is fairly accurate. My brother and sister-in-law used to come down from New Hampshire for Thanksgiving when I was in college, and my sister and her husband came up from Virginia. Those two women are crazy shoppers even now, thirty something years later. On the Friday following Thanksgiving they were...
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A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart

I am grateful for the loving force that comes into the hearts of men and women around the globe inspiring them to reach out to the broken hearted, the poor, the hungry, and all who suffer; for humble servants of truth and compassion who break down walls and free those in bondage; for knowledge and wisdom that opens minds and lays to rest the fears of ignorance; for the abundant grace of nature and the winnowing force it sometimes brings to bear upon our arrogance, taming and teaching us the lessons of humility and strength. I am grateful for the sacred beauty and magnificence of music and art and the souls that create it; for the gift of hearing, for sight and physical sensation...
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Late Blooming Writers In Action – 2014 Work in Progress Blog Tour

Late Blooming Writers In Action – 2014 Work in Progress Blog Tour

I was inducted (abducted, lassoed, hoodwinked, invoked, sideswiped, challenged, and above all honored) by my blogging friend and ever present source of inspiration, Laurie Buchanan, into the 2014 Work in Progress (WIP) Blog Tour. Of course I was humbled to be noticed, let alone invited to share a glimpse into my behind the scene writing endeavors.  It was an act of faith on her part to even assume I had any “work in progress”, but the biggest problem with my writing is that at any given moment I have “works in progress”…many…dozens…lost somewhere on my computer by next week. My challenge very quickly became finding one worth sharing! Here are the rules: 1. Link back to the post of the person who tagged you  (check – Thank you, Laurie!) 2. Write...
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Overcoming Writer’s Block for Late Blooming Writers

Overcoming Writer’s Block for Late Blooming Writers

Overcoming writer’s block is something every writer must face. For new writers over fifty, it can be particularly challenging. We feel a sense of urgency as the years creep up on us. We often feel as though we are playing catch up and we have the nagging feeling that everyone else knows more than we do. The next thing we know we’re  comparing our insides to everyone else’s outsides and coming up short. Writer’s block sounds something like this in the late blooming writer’s mind, “I’m too old. It’s too late. I’ve missed my chance. What I’m writing doesn’t really matter. It’s all been said before. Her book is so much better than mine. Her article was so clever, mine doesn’t compare. What am...
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Room for Silence

Room for Silence

Spending time in silence each day has become an essential part of my life in recent years. As a young person I valued the idea and practice of quiet meditation, though I was seldom able to do so in...
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Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. May I be free from injury.  May I live in safety. May I be free from disturbance, fear, anxiety and worry....
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Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Until recent years, our western culture has been driven by thought processes that are nearly the antithesis of the practice of mindfulness.  Our generation, in particular, was taught at a very early age to think ahead, to plan, to...
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Quotable Musicians

Quotable Musicians

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – \ Madonna   ♦ ♦ ♦ “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your...
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The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

As I was driving home a few hours ago from an early morning appointment, I encountered an interesting sight. In the past when I traveled to this destination I took the highway, about thirty minutes each way. In recent...
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Books Worth Reading

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Leaving the Hall Light On  A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide is the powerful, heart wrenching story of one women’s journey through 17 years of heartbreak and struggle. It is a story of strength and courage, creative genius and despair. Madeline shares her confusion and anger, her hope and...

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice...

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a special gift for the fathers in your life. My husband and I both loved the these two books. Light, but thought provoking, they are perfect summer reading for the midlife male. Summer Reads for Boomer Men LIFE AT 12...

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My New Favorite Blogs My New Favorite Blogs

“ When it’s time to suffer, you should suffer; when it’s time to cry,...

Create a Support Network in Your Hour of Need Create a Support Network in Your Hour of Need

Are you , or someone you know, facing or dealing with a health crisis?...

November is National Caregiver’s Month November is National Caregiver’s Month

Support for the caregiver has grown by leaps and bounds since I cared for...