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I am a perennial optimist
I Am Becoming the Me I Was Born To BeAs I journey through this part of my life I have discovered my next mountain. The key is to be the me I want to be in the world, as my gift back to God.
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Tag Archives: relaxation
This morning I awoke feeling refreshed and well rested. Saturday morning I was dragging because I could not sleep a wink on Friday night. I attribute my wakefulness to a big cup of iced coffee while I tutored early Friday … Continue reading
Everyone needs a place to go when they need quiet time. In Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, she went to her own little corner, her own little chair. As for me, the “where I go’ depends on why I need quiet time. … Continue reading
When we put off what God has told us to do, we miss that season of grace. But, if you’ll deal with things as soon as God brings them to light, you’ll have a special grace, a special empowerment. You’ll … Continue reading
I am so glad it is Friday. This has been both an important week for me. Some students had breakthroughs, and some rushed pell mell into more hiding from excellence. Yet the week rushed by. I have only two students … Continue reading
I am feeling SOOOO lazy today. I still want a longer weekend! Okay—I think I actually want an 8 day week so I still have my 5 days to tutor, but then get 3 days off! What’s going on in … Continue reading
Whew. It was a week of ups and downs. It both invigorated and drained me. I know that you, too have had weeks like that! It doesn’t happen often, but I wrote a poem of sorts about it. (At least … Continue reading
I think we all have our “happy places” don’t we? For me they are numerous: hands in the garden dirt and planting—or picking fruit and veggies; walking through a forest when the leaves are turning and some have fallen; watching … Continue reading
It has been a reflective couple of weeks for me. I don’t know about you, but that seems to happen to me periodically. I go along for quite awhile full steam ahead. I take care of business as the expression … Continue reading
Today is Friday and life is good. My son and I had some Chinese food for lunch today, and of course had fortune cookies for dessert. They are so much fun, and sometimes even give you food for thought. When … Continue reading
Hooray. It is Saturday. I have had a busier than usual few weeks. My husband traveled for work and was out of town for about 2 weeks. During that time, my son and I toiled to exhaustion on a freelance … Continue reading
I have been away from my blog for a few days. I bit off more than I could chew as it turned out. I signed on about 2/16 as a freelance writer with a company that has a bright future. … Continue reading
Dawn—by Paul Laurence Dunbar~~ “An angel, robed in spotless white, Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night. Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone. Men saw the blush and called it Dawn”. I absolutely love that imagery…..the angel, the … Continue reading
I love the imagery of God leading me by the water. I come back to that theme and imagery repeatedly. Perhaps it is because I grew up in MN—where water abounds. The land of sky blue waters. Perhaps it is … Continue reading
Where is the most relaxing place in your world? I have been thinking about this concept lately. I am finding it difficult to relax. i have been feeling extremely stressed because of a lot of different issues. Yet there are places … Continue reading
I have been watching America’s Got Talent tonight. During the course of the evening Tony Bennett performed a duet with Queen Latifah. When I was in junior high my family and I actually saw Tony Bennett perform at the local … Continue reading
When you need quiet time, where do you go? The “where I go’ depends on why I need quiet time. If I need quiet time in order to make a decision, I might go to my den and write, blog, or … Continue reading
Describe the perfect Sunday. Awhile back I described my perfect Sunday. After I post this I will go back, find the link to that posting and put it in right here so you can compare. My perfect Sunday has been … Continue reading
Sundays do make me smile. We have wonderful traditions on Sunday. We start our Sunday on Saturday, for one thing. We go to Mass on Saturday for the vigil mass. Then we have family time after church….sometimes we go to … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing.
When you get mad, what calms you down? When I get mad different things calm me down. If it is something ridiculous like being cut off in traffic, being treated rudely in public by a stranger or over the phone by … Continue reading
See how long you can sit in silence. See how long you can sit in silence. Before you start,check the clock and guess at how long you can do it for. Then when you’re done: how close was your guess? … Continue reading
Make a top ten list of things to do this summer. Make a top ten list of things to do this summer. And if you are somewhere in the world where the seasons are different, make a top ten list … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Water. Being around water has always been restorative to me. When I was a kid it was lakes and rivers and walking in the rain. As an adult it has included those things and expanded to include … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Light. There are so many ways to capture light. Artists have spent their entire careers showing light and the effect it has on various scenes. Here is a beautiful rendition of light from me (in my opinion … Continue reading
Describe the best road trip you’ve ever taken. This was a trip with my husband. We had only been married about 4 years. We had been through a heart wrenching time, as we had had a baby girl that was born … Continue reading
Topic #26 Here’s today’s topic, brought to you by Plinky.com: What’s your idea for a perfect Sunday? How would it differ from a typical Sunday? If it’s Sunday where you are, what kind of day is it so far? Perfect … Continue reading