One thing that I've learned from observing myself over the years is this: when I'm in the mood to bad-mouth someone or when I can't wait to hear some "juicy little tidbit" (about someone else of course), it is a sure sign that I'm not doing too well, and my first order of business is… Continue reading small steps
I got up very early this morning, sat outside in the darkness looking at the stars with my coffee, and found myself thinking about sudden revelations, transformations, and profound inner change that can happen in the blink of an eye. When I came back inside, I found my old, worn copy of A Christmas Carol… Continue reading Change today
Good Sunday morning everyone! A couple of days ago I wrote a post about our search for a new home, and a member of our community (thank you Patte) recommended listening to the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, Another Home. I pulled it up on YouTube and immediately the tears started. It talks about new ways… Continue reading A new chapter
I've decided to get my hair cut really short before we leave for Mexico. Since my initial leap last fall into the world of short hair, every cut has gotten shorter. The idea came to me yesterday while I was driving home from the grocery store and it was followed by the thought, "Do… Continue reading Feeling my way along: defining new comfort zones
I grew up going to the horse races at Saratoga with my father. I truly loved this as a child but by my late 30's I didn't like going at all anymore. The few times that I tried to go; to join in what others thought was fun, and to squelch my inner discomfort, by… Continue reading Change
I really appreciate the funny and different positions that our cats assume. They get inside, on top of, or underneath almost everything in the house, and then contort themselves to fit and fall asleep like that. Almost on a daily basis, either Jack or I will call to each other, "You have to see this!"… Continue reading Time to hatch
Jack and I rented the movie "Miss Potter" last night. We had seen it a few years ago, but as my friend Nancy talked about it the other day, I knew I wanted to see it again. When, at times, I wish that my life had been easier; that I had figured out more at an… Continue reading Shining a light, Inspirational movies
For about a week, the weather forecast has predicted that we are heading into a hot spell; 4 days of 90 degrees or more. I decided to clear my calendar and take a mini-vacation. I did not plan on going away, just thought I'd spend a part of everyday on the river. The idea came… Continue reading Fear not!
Yesterday, my friend Maria and I were shopping (at my favorite store, Manchester Thrift Store), and I decided to just chose colorful, bright clothes. I tried on one top and laughed out loud (in the dressing room all by myself). I had to show Maria....it looked so silly. She didn't laugh. She said, "I think… Continue reading A more colorful life; stepping out of old patterns
We bought a new couch the other day. As soon as I saw it I knew it was "perfect" for us. When I told Jack that it was white he cringed a little. ...but it is big, soft, wide and oh so comfortable with a little rip on the upper left corner. It is perfect… Continue reading taking the plastic covers off!