Genie. A spirit who often grants wishes. Spirit also means breath, and is related to wind. And oh boy, did we have wind yesterday, with gusts of over 80 MPH! Not all that uncommon around here, but tough to deal with nonetheless. Lots of people lost power, and while we didn’t, we didn’t have internet […]Read More Windblown
Ten months. Wow, I’ve been at this triathlon training project for a while. And I’m still at it, and have my first sprint-length race, complete with open water swim, in late June. The big change for me is that I am now following a training plan leading up to this longer (for me) race. I’m using […]Read More Tri This: Ten Months
As soon as I read today’s prompt of glimmer, the glow-worm ear worm began. There’s a Mills Brothers song that starts “Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer”. I learned it as a child. Later, Dr. Pepper soda co-opted the melody for an ad: “Not a cola or a root beer, but a delightful drink that you’ll […]Read More Glimmer
Hello again, it’s me, Lucy One White. Today I will tell you about the importance of rest. As you may already be aware, cats by their nature–we are fierce hunting animals, aka predators–need a great deal of rest. Between hunting and eating our food, we take naps, and lots of them. Fifteen hours a day […]Read More Get Plenty of Rest
Explore. It’s a fine co-traveller with one of my other favorite words, curious. Bring your curiosity and let’s go exploring. No special venue required, and with this approach, many ordinary things can be interesting. It can help transform the mundane, although I must admit that it wasn’t much help when I did my taxes last […]Read More Explore
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig. I’ve found attributions for this to Mark Twain and Robert Heinlein (more for Heinlein), and I first heard it said by W.C. Fields. I’m not going to dig deep for the source today, just use the quote, and […]Read More Never Try to Teach A Pig to Sing
Its been a very long time (1981) since I was a student and had a true spring break. That said, I’ve been in relationship with teachers most of my life, and had colleagues with school age kids in my medical practice. The last week of March remains spring break in my mind. The University of […]Read More Weathering Spring Break
Well, I finally did it. I signed up for a sprint triathlon this summer, with an open water swim. Its the TriBella Women’s Triathlon, to be held at Cherry Creek Reservoir on June 23. Thirteen weeks, but who’s counting? I am. Time to get serious, or more accurately, more disciplined, about my training. I’ve been […]Read More Tri This: Taking the Plunge
Good morning, its me, Lucy One White. Foreign is today’s writing word. I haven’t done this before, Mama Steph does it. Foreign. That means not regular in my life. I am mostly a creature of habit, I like it the best if things are regular, like meals and bedtime and sink drink and nap and […]Read More Foreign–Lucy’s Take
I find out about patience by its absence. When I am impatient. Impatience for me is about expectations, mine in particular. I often have an expectation about how something is “supposed to happen”. There may be a solid external basis for this, such as a schedule stating times of bus AB leaving this stop and […]Read More Patience–wait for it.
It is said that a weed is a plant growing where it is unwanted. Following that model, I find noise to be unwelcome sound. I am a sound sensitive person. Loud environments, with many sounds coming from many sources are difficult for me. Like most people, once I know what a sound is, I can […]Read More Sound Off
I’ve read Bil Keane’s Family Circus comic strip for many years, and had been thinking about Billy’s meanders the other morning while working on a project. I was in the basement, working on getting my seed starting setup going for this year. I went up to my office on the second floor to get the […]Read More Messy Meanders
That a “Day” is required speaks to the issue. For millennia, the prevailing social structures on this planet have been patriarchal. Literally, that’s father-rule. This shows up in all facets of society. Founding fathers and God the father, and an original idea is often referred to as seminal, from seed or semen. Did you know […]Read More On International Women’s Day
Hannah’s Gift was written by Maria Housden, the story of her daughter Hannah, who was diagnosed with a kidney tumor as a toddler. I read it when it was published in 2002, and it has had a lasting influence on my life. It’s a short and worthy read, if you’re so inclined. I encountered today’s title […]Read More I Made the Best Decision I Could With the Information Available at the Time
Not my usual, but typical for Ocean Beach, the San Diego neighborhood we are visiting. We are staying in a small one bedroom apartment a block from the ocean. Our first evening, there were a lot of sounds to acclimate to in this new environment. Our neighborhood is densely populated, but we are on a […]Read More Parrots in Palm Trees
I’m not actually much of a multi-tasker, preferring to focus intently on whatever it is that I am doing. Current research shows that multi tasking is actually a misnomer, people are actually switching their attention back and forth between different activities. That said, my brain is a pretty busy place, and particularly when doing routine […]Read More Don’t Try This at Home. Multi-tasking Fails Again.
It’s just your imagination You’re being dramatic You’re too sensitive. He wouldn’t do that, She loves you. We only want the best for you. You imagined it. Don’t tell anyone. What if I’m not imagining anything. What if I was believed What if I learned I could trust myself and my perceptions What if […]Read More Imagine Possibility
I am conversant with many things, including that often we are not doing what we think we’re doing. So in this current conversation (and I am using the term loosely) around guns and violence, prompted by the recent shooting in Florida, here are a few things I’m noticing: There is a significant logic fail in […]Read More More is Not Better
The ice dance event concluded yesterday at the winter olympics. There was a lot of amazing and inspiring skating, and there were some odd and unexpected occurrences that quite possibly altered the final placements of teams in the competition. The first came during the short dance, when French skater Gabriella Papadakis’ halter dress neck strap […]Read More Ice is Slippery
I got an invite to do one of those “award” things again. I’m not clear on the point of these awards. From what I have observed, it seems to be a way of increasing blog readership, rather than an actual acknowledgement of one’s writing. You answer some questions in a post, link back to the […]Read More A Compromising Award
Reuben Garret Lucius (Rube) Goldberg was no rube. He was a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist, famous for his amazing contraptions of fantastically complicated machines that most often executed simple tasks, such as a system of pulleys and gears that allowed a napkin to wipe a diner’s face, or as in the cartoon above, getting your […]Read More Rube Goldberg–Making the Simple Complicated, For Fun
As many of you know, figure skating is one of my favorite sports. Earlier in my life, it was gymnastics. I participated in these sports for fun, enjoying both the physical challenge of a technical sport and its expressive/artistic component. For me it’s about the process and the challenge, as I’ve never had any illusion that […]Read More Seeking the Dream
Mnemonics. Ways to remember something. I’ve encountered a number of them in my life, and it is remarkable how many I remember and how effective they are. So who is Roy G. Biv? Rainbow man, the colors of the visible light spectrum, in order of descending wavelength. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. The […]Read More Roy G Biv goes to Olympus
But why? That’s the feeling that arises in me in response to deliberate cruelty. I recall my bewildered child self feeling this when faced with acts of cruelty, hatred, and just plain old being mean. I didn’t get it then, and I don’t much get it now. Intellectually, I understand that these behaviors are about […]Read More But Why?
What’s it like when you put out your “best stuff” and its greeted with not much? Jeff Cann brings this up in his latest post, Buzz, revisited. He loves Buzz, spent a lot of time and energy on it, and when he posted it last week, there was little response, far less than for others […]Read More No Buzz on Buzz? You Have My Sympathies, Jeff.
The Flatirons Sparks are a synchronized skating team based out of the Boulder Valley YMCA. They began eight years ago and I was recruited by the coach to be their volunteer manager. We started with eight little girls competing at a very basic level. Starting out, the Y gave us some unused ice time, 6:30 […]Read More Missing the Sparks
Time for some candor on my part. You can be my witnesses as I tell myself an uncomfortable truth. I have a problem with sugar, and I’ve fallen off the wagon yet again. If I substitute sugar for alcohol in the first of the 12 steps of AA, its accurate enough. I admit that I […]Read More Candid–No more Sugarcoating
Here in Colorado, “we need the moisture” is the oft-repeated phrase in response to precipitation. And with rare exception, such as happened 4 years ago when 18 inches of rain (near our annual average) fell in 2 days, its true. Snowpack is what we measure here, and a good (average or higher) depth suggests that […]Read More We Need the Moisture!
Looking to the sky, the horizon, I’m seeking information: What’s the weather, the time, what is coming up? I also realize that I’m seeking a perspective, something beyond the life of my small self and the vicissitudes of daily life. I’ve had the privilege of traversing the Grand Canyon via the Colorado River twice. My […]Read More Horizon: Finding Perspective
Point of no return. This phrase comes from aviation. It’s the point in a flight when there is no longer sufficient fuel for a plane to return to its starting point. Landing must now occur somewhere else. This concept has been coming up a lot for me lately, largely in response to a number of […]Read More Blink and The Point of No Return.