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Let Vulnerability Drive Your Meaningful Life

What drives you? As we road tripped across the country this summer, we listened to audio books. Some better than others, and that one narrator who put me to sleep every time... Good thing Dave was driving! Last week we drove from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon and back listening to two delicious … Continue reading Let Vulnerability Drive Your Meaningful Life

Let’s Go Sauntering

Before he departed for Sabbatical Adventure 1, Dave read to me a quote from John Muir: “I don't like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not 'hike!' Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It's a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages … Continue reading Let’s Go Sauntering

Love is the Remedy

Five Minute Friday prompt: REMEDY Today I am two weeks post-second COVID vaccination. Which means I should be about as safe as I can be. The vaccine is a specific remedy to a world-wide problem that has shifted our lives more than we currently recognize. I don’t need to rehash the overwhelm of this past … Continue reading Love is the Remedy

He Picked Up a Lizard & Taught Me a Lesson

Morning Dog Walk Day Bazillionteen Dave stopped abruptly and bent over. What initially appeared to be a thick twig in the road at second glance became an alligator lizard, badly injured with two violent red gashes in its tail. Maybe it had escaped the claws of a neighborhood cat. More likely a hawk had snatched … Continue reading He Picked Up a Lizard & Taught Me a Lesson

Under the Weather

It’s raining.I’m not feeling like myself.And I wondered: are these facts related? I heard myself say: I’m feeling under the weather.Not ill, just unwell. Grey, like the sky. A quick google search revealed that “under the weather” is a nautical term. A sailor who felt ill was sent below deck to get out of - … Continue reading Under the Weather

Movie Musings: Moxie (Netflix)

Moxie: force of character, determination, nerve. If you’re up for a feel-good teen movie that packs humor, heartache, and insight, go watch Amy Poehler’s new Netflix movie, Moxie. An early scene takes place in the high school principal’s office. Lucy, a transfer student new to the school in her junior year, has a complaint: the … Continue reading Movie Musings: Moxie (Netflix)

Super Bowl Service Project

I am not a sports enthusiast. In general, the only sports I enjoy enough to sit through fall in this order: any sport my kids play (especially rugby), the Olympics (mostly for the personal interest stories), World Cup soccer (when we spent a summer in Costa Rica), and figure skating (because grace). Football died for … Continue reading Super Bowl Service Project

You’re Doing Your Best

Except for the poor night’s sleep (sick kid), I would have walked the dogs in the morning. Except for the stomach that cramped as we headed up the hill (did I catch kid’s sickness?), we would have walked the longer route. We passed the house a few streets away where we alternately have seen a … Continue reading You’re Doing Your Best

Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Grief seems to be at every corner this year. Many of us have shared occasions for grief, such as illness and death, the loss of normalcy, shuttered shops and closed schools, dwindling dollars in our bank accounts, isolation and loneliness. Most of us also have personal reasons for grief. For two weeks I haven’t left … Continue reading Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies