Category Archives: Acts of Restorative Kindness

Warnagala Wild Sri Lankan tea

I got an email last week from Rakkasan Tea Company that they had a limited amount of a wild-grown black tea from Sri Lanka. Knowing that when Rakkasan is able to obtain a superb tea (like the wonderful Black Ruby … Continue reading

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Hope is a dog; hope is fall season; hope is a September bloom

This morning felt more like fall than since the season change crept in. There is something about the light in fall that always makes me think of a special filter on a lens: the air just looks different. A couple … Continue reading

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Day 2.1: I am floored

By quitting time yesterday, the walls were done and the floor down. Even with a little sheetrock dust on it, I love it. New plywood subfloor was laid at the head of the hall–that infamous T junction with 4 doors! … Continue reading

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Day 2: What the unknown comic left behind

I try to follow my higher self rule. That means, in the wake of all encounters, be your higher self–the forgiving, loving, kindest self. Sometimes that is hard to do. There is sometimes the situation where one’s reasonable and logical … Continue reading

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The importance of being flexible

The first year I was on faculty at the University, our department chair gave us each a pin like this one. He said he knew it was “cheesy” but he also knew we were embarking on the difficult journey of … Continue reading

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How Frederick Hurten Rhead’s ‘Virginia Rose’ went from Cross Plains, Texas to Taylor, Mississippi: “Thank you, Miss Mozelle”

It gets easier, as we get older It gets easier to say, “not today” And it gets easier, as we get older To say, “go away, not today” Willie Nelson, It Gets Easier, 2017 You know what I love most … Continue reading

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Serta Smart Layers: The Executive Air Chair

Okay, this is totally not a sponsored post–I do not even know how people get to do those and get freebies or money. I just know I am so happy to be sitting in this chair right now, and I … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the closet

In the New Mexico space shuttle, waiting for take-off We planned the future worlds we’d build. After 4 wondrous and tumultuous years of trade-offs Sacrifice and time could yield. We loosed reins amidst sun and sand in New Mexico’s plains. … Continue reading

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Those amazing opportunities cleverly disguised as problems

Sometimes if you have been snoozing instead of paying attention, things can sneak up on you. We all know a lot of “sneaking up” occurred in the last year and I was no exception. Even though I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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What happens when I pay attention? The benefits of listening and observation.

“I love it when a plan comes together” (John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, The A Team, 1983-1987). I do, too…and sometimes, I love it when a plan falls apart. When it does, it presents another opportunity, or what I once heard referred … Continue reading

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