Pondering Category

Getting Outside the Routine…creating a life filled with memories, not of to-do lists

How are memories created? Think about the past year. What are your fondest memories? Some memories happen in the extraordinary. A marriage proposal, a wedding, a child, a miracle. Others, happen when we create something special out of the ordinary. A spontaneous dinner guest, a family games night during a busy week, a romantic picnic […]

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Making ‘Change’ your Playground of Life

She who wants to have right without wrong, Order without disorder, Does not understand the principles Of heaven and earth. She does not know how Things hang together. -Chuang Tzu, -fourth century B.C. Although we don’t admit it, change is a feared enemy. Stability, security, and balance are what comforts us. Take a look at […]

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A Feminist and a Gambler

My grandmother was a feminist and a gambler. I remember the Christmas I won my first game of BINGO at the local community hall in the small country town where my Grandparents lived. My prize: A Christmas turkey. My Grandmother was so proud; she cooked my “prize” (in addition to the one she had already […]

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So you are already tired of the Seattle weather and it’s only November 1st!

So you are already tired of the Seattle weather and it’s only November 1st! How quickly we forget that it was sunny for 48 glorious days and over 70 degrees for 19 consecutive days, hitting 90 degrees five times during the six week streak (Sistek, 2012). We are fickle human beings. And understandably so. Just […]

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When bad things happen…moving beyond the black and white of life

Are you living in black and white? Do you believe that if you do something bad, you will receive bad things in return and if you do something good, you will receive good things in return? “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…” (Exodus 21:24) is a common scripture used to […]

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The practice of awareness – What I learned from a day at the spa

“The only job you have is to focus on your breathing,” said my massage therapist. His accent was so mixed with Australian, Mid-Western and English, I wasn’t sure if it was real or fake. “Observe if one lung takes in more air than the other and then see if you can make them evenly destitute […]

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The Leaf

I always dreamed of myself driving a candy-apple red convertible Porsche down a long tree lined drive to my two story stucco Tuscan summer home on the hill. The opalescent sunset on my face, the soft wind in my hair, with an Italian silk laces scarf around my neck floats wistfully behind me… My dream […]

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No More Fat Bible Thumper

A friend who recently lost weight and got a make-over asked me if I felt noticed when I had gone through a similar transformation. She also wanted to know if people’s complements made me feel uncomfortable. I was surprised at how long it took me to formulate an answer to those questions. First, if you don’t […]

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When Lightning Strikes

Sometimes, like lightning, life can hit you in an instance and at high voltage. I thought of this as I sat in the dark watching the summer lightning streak across the cloud filled skies over the Straits of Juan De Fuca that divide the mainland of the Olympic Peninsula and the Island of Vancouver with […]

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