Living in Lessons

I don't tend to be a mourner. I shed a few tears, maybe a sob here and there, and then the person I love lives on in my memories and, if I'm lucky, in the lessons I've absorbed from them. I'm blessed to have been born with a small army of Great Aunts. I don't mean that  they were a generation removed from mine. I mean that they were and truly are great - awesome. They adventure. They dive...

Selfless self-care

One of the things I’m loving about teaching is that it takes every fiber of your being to do it well. It takes your creativity, your intellect, and your physical input. There’s no way to half-ass it and have any worthwhile outcome. One of the things I love about the place where I teach came as a bit of a surprise to me. During our orientation, the different presenters emphasized the...

Get Centered

 The other day as we wended our way down the hill towards our house, wrapping up a walk that, for some reason, had caused Katy-the-Wonder-Dog many fearful pauses, the afternoon sun broke through the clouds, and we had something more than a walk. I wanted to step up the pace for the last quarter mile and burn some calories. Katy decided sunny dirt was more worth sniffing than cloudy dirt. We...

A(nother) Year of Living Gratefully

Wintry Road, 8”x10”,oil on canvasNew Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, so the only ones I make tend to be diet related (something I excel at breaking). The end of 2018, however, marks what we hope is a new beginning for Thing1 as he charts his course for recovery, and I’m trying to use the lessons of the last year to make it a new beginning for me as well. Yesterday marked a...

Saturation Point

  Newsfeeds filled with atrocities committed by Americans against Americans as well as with the specter of Nazi banners and slogans taking center stage at the home of one of America's top universities this weekend made it easy for anger and worry to reach their saturation points.   Anger is counterproductive. I believe it is important to bear witness, but I also believe anger and worry...