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behaving serenely

November 6th, 2018

it’s not bad to sit quietly

Three months ago I made a commitment to sit with my eyes closed for 20 minutes twice a day, in the morning and at night. Continue reading “behaving serenely” »

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true compass

October 30th, 2018

 

Tonight I had dinner with a friend whom I haven’t seen in ages. The first half was catching up with her life and she asked about mine.  I am interested in her and the people she cares about, as I know she is interested in my people.  Yet, I leave after two hours feeling shameful that I talked too much and got too excited about my life, maybe overwhelmed her. Continue reading “true compass” »

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Chops

October 23rd, 2018

loss

my Earthly presence operates with unsteady willpower

should I check my bank balance or write a poem? Continue reading “Chops” »

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Hill of Crosses

October 15th, 2018

there must be a million crosses here

Siauliai, Northern Lithuania is a pilgrimage site mainly for believers of Catholic Christianity, but ancient historical origins  place crosses in this particular location for hundreds of years, since the lost uprising Wars of Independence of 1831. Continue reading “Hill of Crosses” »

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why fear?

October 9th, 2018

choice is an option

Tremendous fear floats around our country and I’m getting tired of feeling its control of people, places and things.  I don’t have to live in fear, and choose another way live. Continue reading “why fear?” »

family tragedy

October 2nd, 2018

 

bad news doesn’t go away We learn to cope.

We got the first family bomb in 1966 when the rest of the world was dealing with cultural changes.  Continue reading “family tragedy” »

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who possesses?

September 25th, 2018

How much magic is really in the past?

My grandmother Brown was in her eighties when she moved from Baltimore to live with us for the third time, because she had nowhere else to go. Neighbors helped my mother convert our garage into her bedroom, with a portable heater, and she was grateful. Continue reading “who possesses?” »

tunnel space

September 18th, 2018

this is what the trains looked like from our tunnels

In my last blog,  I mentioned Gaston Bauchard’s The Poetics of Space theory.  He researched space with a poetic lens, and his theory that childhood locations determine our creative internal spaces reminded me of two tunnels near the house where I grew up.  Continue reading “tunnel space” »

space mind

September 11th, 2018

Southern Marin is amazing

Our adult perception, according to Gaston Bauchelard’s The Poetics of Space comes from childhood.  Dwellings affect creativity, and space can be metaphoric. Continue reading “space mind” »

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being vulnerable is scary

September 11th, 2018

shame makes us small

Brene Brown is a social work researcher- author of many books concerning how we relate to each other, and I read one called The Power of Vulnerability. Continue reading “being vulnerable is scary” »

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