Thirty Years Gone

My mom died on December 31, 1987. That’s 30 years ago, nearly half my lifetime. I found it quite odd when, four years ago, I became older than my mother had ever been. I’m the only one of my siblings who has had my mom around for more than half my life. They, being younger […]

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A is for Almost

Sue Grafton died on Thursday, having almost made it through the alphabet. For those of you unfamiliar with Sue, she started writing the alphabet series of mysteries, featuring  private eye Kinsey Millhone, in the 1980s.  She began with A is for Alibi, published in 1982, and her most recent, Y is for Yesterday, was released […]

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Quarterly Review of Blogging. #2

I’ve been blogging for 6 months now. No longer brand new, and still on a fairly steep learning curve. Most of what I said 3 months ago in my first Quarterly Review of Blogging still applies. I’m very much enjoying the community of bloggers, and I remain surprised at how often I’m posting and how much I […]

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Driving Mild

It snowed last night, three to four inches worth, and this morning is bright and sunny and cold (13F or -10C). After shoveling the walks and driveway, I headed out for a last shop. We’ve had an exceptionally mild autumn, with very little snow, so today’s outing was an opportunity to remember driving techniques for […]

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Daily Prompt: Communal

8 AM Saturday morning for more than 13 years. Yogalates class at the Y. Someone has since put a trademark on that name, so now its called pilates and yoga fusion on the schedule, but for many of us, it’s still yogalates. Its a drop-in class, free to all Y members. Participants come and go, […]

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Let Everything Happen to You

Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final. –Rainer Maria Rilke I have this fragment of Rilke’s poem on the wall in my office, as a reminder and support to my clients. Recently, I’ve been needing a fair amount of reminding myself. This week, I’ve been hit a […]

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Follow your Bliss

Follow your Bliss. Joseph Campbell famously said this in one of his interviews with Bill Moyers, captured in a PBS series and book, The Power of Myth. “Yet is important to note that following one’s bliss, as Campbell saw it, isn’t merely a matter of doing whatever you like and certainly not doing simply as […]

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Sound of Silence

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again. These are the opening words of Simon and Garfunkel’s song of my youth, The Sound of Silence. You can listen here: Pertinent now, in this dark time of year, and I find it even more relevant to this time of MeToo, where decades of silence […]

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Tri This: Month 6

Six months. Half a year. Goll-eee. A mini-milestone. I’ve been training at triathlon for six months. Six months seems like a long time and yet it feels as though I am still finding my way. Its easy to notice significant progress, particularly with running. Given that running for more that 2 minutes was really hard […]

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a not so meager meander

One of the unanticipated benefits of my triathlon training project has been the thinking/meditative time. While I’m running, riding or swimming, I’m also afforded the opportunity to think, ponder, notice. This morning, I made a slightly hurried trip outside to ride my bike.The opportunities this time of year are somewhat meager, paralleling the meager light […]

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Today’s prompt is Legend. I pondered this on my run this morning, realizing that there are a variety of meanings, the first group being stories about a person or event, or reputation. The second group of meanings, listed below (from Merriam Webster’s online dictionary) is what I find more interesting today. 2.    a : […]

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Oh Sugar!

It starts slowly, a cookie here, some dark chocolate there. A piece of homemade plum tart on my birthday. Traveling, I find our hosts have provided a cookie jar laden with Oreos. Somewhere along the way, the dreaded switch gets thrown in my brain. I’m craving sweets, thinking about the next snack or treat. It’s […]

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My Theory

My theory, that is to say the theory which is mine, that is MY THEORY. This comes from a Monty Python sketch featuring Graham Chapman as a tv personality, interviewing anthropologist Anne Elk, played by John Cleese. You can check it out here if you’re interested: I must confess to being a very long […]

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I’m not much of a holiday person, in the sense that large gatherings, lots of stuff, crowds of people buying to fulfill artificially generated needs is not my way. Regulated worship, whether of deity or commerce doesn’t suit me. “Christmas” music piped everywhere feels assaultive. Not long ago, I posted about Earworms. Once I read today’s daily […]

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Degree. A unit of measure, a way to subdivide, to scale, to indicate relationship. Temperature, angle, relatives To a degree, it’s true And to a degree, it’s not. Academic accomplishments. Do you have a terminal degree in your field? For some, that has meaning. Absolute zero. The degree below which there is nothing. But what’s […]

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Tri This: Tri-angles

I wasn’t a huge fan of geometry and trigonometry in high school. My issue was with the proofs; whatever I was being asked to prove seemed obvious to me and hence a “waste of time”. I now recognize that the discipline and logic involved are indeed fine tools to have at one’s disposal. Despite my […]

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I’ll pass on the halo, thanks

via Daily Prompt: Saintly Well, ya wanna get a reaction out of me, put saintly as the daily prompt. My first response was not fit for the public airwaves. In my experience, any intense reaction is fertile ground for self reflection and so, turning my curiosity on myself, I found some stuff, mostly not new, […]

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