2020 Birthday Challenge

I have been flip-flopping on my 2020 birthday challenge. As I get older the numbers increase and the thought of doing something 62 times has become for difficult. I thought about splitting it into two categories this year: to dance thirty-one different places (5Rhythms or other) and the second half thirty-one acts of kindness, above […]

Small Talk 101

I don’t like small talk. I never have and I have only gotten worse with time. And in theory, I don’t like gossip, but I find myself falling into that trap all too often. Lately I have been in more situations where small talk is required. So here are some guidelines. Don’t talk about politics. […]

My 2019 Birthday Challenge: 61 Unique Experiences

Each year I give myself a birthday challenge: something to reach for over the 365 days until my next birthday. Admittedly, 2019 challenge of complete 61 Unique events (simply something I had never done before, not necessary that it be planned or good or anything other than unique) fell short on my birthday. But I […]

What you can Learn about Life while at the Scholastic Book Fair

I volunteer for a community group who works at the local school book fairs. I had not been to a book fair in about ten years . My last exposure was memorable: I escorted students with explosive behavior issues on this overwhelming shopping expedition. One student melted down because he didn’t have enough money for […]

On Being Brave

“You travel alone? Aren’t you scared?” This is the most common response when someone learns about how I love to travel alone. But more and more I’m meeting other women who travel alone, and I’m glad the group is growing. When someone commented on “how brave I was” I started to think about that word. […]

What do we deserve?

During my favorite 5Rhythms dance of every year, the White to the Light dance (in December we dance one Sunday in all black and the next Sunday in all white), I was thinking about the poem I might recite for our Christmas celebration. I’m trying to start some new traditions: less focus on gifts and […]

I am Grateful, I really am…

So my daily meditation course directed at improving my life is currently focused on gratitude. One of the exercises was to recall those who helped you out early on in your life. There were several and so I was cheerfully following the instructions of this meditation teacher and imagining their faces. The next instruction was […]

Driven by Apps

Compared to some folks (read, my adult children, that’s how I measure everything) I don’t have many apps on my devices. But I have become dependent on several. In a good way. The first was my Fitness Pal app, which tracks my nutrients and exercise and gives me an estimate of where I need to […]

Powerless in California

Yep, PGE has had our power off for most days, but that isn’t why I’m powerless. I’m struggling because I am in an impulsive mood, always rushed, always bored, not able to focus on anything. As a result I have sustained two injuries to my index finger, the right hand, the dominant one. My left […]

More on Volunteering

So I have blogged extensively about volunteering, but here I go again. When I was a young mother I volunteered a lot (we moved and I was bored!)  I was room mother, soccer mom, education director of the Sunday School. Going back to work curtailed that avenue of enlightenment. When I retired I stepped up […]