Tag Archives: Inner Growth

Soul like an inner activist

“What if the soul is like an inner activist, disrupting your status quo, creating imbalance, finding nourishment in illness, moving you not only into light but also the dark, and leaving you unsure of your most cherished beliefs?” These are … Continue reading

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A simple bowl of soup for Thanksgiving

The intention, rather than the food, can make a meal enjoyable and memorable. So it was this Thanksgiving, when the one course was leftover split pea soup, without even bread as an accompaniment. I had received two warm invitations to dine … Continue reading

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No title? No problem!

In my previous period of unemployment, which was a hell that lasted 14 months, I was struck by how much my identity was tied to my job/title/function. I found that “what do you do?” defined me almost entirely, to the point that … Continue reading

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A new kind of October

I love the light and colors of October. Today I rode my bike slowly, savoring the amazing colors and textures. This almost made me like fall better than spring. Amazingly, somehow, this October has not brought me sorrow. In the past two decades, … Continue reading

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Resisting the deadness and coming alive

Recently, I remembered a day in 2005, in which I was standing on a busy corner during morning rush, participating in “Morning Viz” with a local political campaign–“Morning Viz” being short for “morning visibility,” a gathering of volunteers with signs, in … Continue reading

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The key to happiness

Seven years ago this week, I moved into My Palace of Peace, with the help of many people, including my dear friend, Eileen. She also rallied her four children to assist, and even the littlest one was helpful and hard … Continue reading

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The two kinds of luck

Luck may appear to be something that just happens to us, but we can often make our own luck when it depends on opportunities seen or made and taken. For instance, I feel very lucky to have wonderful friends, but … Continue reading

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Turn off the “Dagnabit!”

The balloon ride was not to be. My daughter, Laurel, and I and rose at 4 a.m., and left the house at 4:30. I drove two hours before one of my tires suddenly went flat on the highway. Dagnabit! In moving … Continue reading

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Choosing a focus

On a recent winter’s morning, I took this photo on my commute, pulling over to catch the scene: heavy traffic, Route 1 strip mall, sky strung with power lines and street lights, sunlit clouds, doves warming themselves in the golden light. What … Continue reading

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“Wait for ze wind”

The couple did not show for their sailing lesson, and neither did the wind. These are two potential- and fairly common disappointments for a sailing instructor. I had taken time to prepare for the lesson and drive to the dock, … Continue reading

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