Two tortoises

“That anaconda’s body is as big as two of my thighs,” said my teenager. Walking away from the creature in the glass enclosure, we agreed that snakes don’t bother us but this snake–this anaconda with the two-thigh-sized body? She made us think of Kaa from the Jungle Book. And made us feel like Mowgli in… READ MORE >>

“What if my cat were a reincarnated dragon?” For years, I’ve been following Debbie Ridpath Ohi, otherwise known as Inkygirl. She has a solid practice of throwing up sketches in Instagram, sometimes even out of food in her #foundobjectart. They are tiny slices of her art that make me smile and a practice that feeds… READ MORE >>

Soulbooks Last week I was too busy managing Quinton and his mound of glitter on his SoulBook to take pictures of our group for you. (The meeting before I have no excuse. I guess I was just focused on living in the moment.) Fortunately, Billie Jo has done an excellent job of sending me photos… READ MORE >>

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To feel more prosperous, give something away. I don’t often feel prosperous and when I first heard this advice, it puzzled me. If you give something precious away, the speaker said, it comes back to you in strange and mysterious ways. Not in a weird manifestation but in a spiritual way. (No one was promising… READ MORE >>

Ursula K. Le Guin died this week. I had another plan for this post but now she has died and it’s all I want to write about. When I first heard the news on the radio, my heart dropped. I was almost home and my big red van was cresting one of those small hills… READ MORE >>

This Sunday is the day! We’ll be crafting our SoulBooks by cutting, gluing, sharing stories, and smiling. All the while, we’ll be remembering what’s most important to us. Here’s what Diane, Ruth, and I worked up for our first day: Introductions and setting an intention for ourselves Share exerpts from Braving the Wilderness by Brene… READ MORE >>

Diane, Ruth, and the cats have all been helping me get my SoulBook put together. Here are a few things they’ve taught me: Life is messy. Making a Soulbook requires that I get as organized as I can and then smile when the cats knock over my stack of boxes. (Or at least get over… READ MORE >>

Cotton candy can come right before betrayal.  Here’s how in Part Two of “East and West.” (Click here to see Part 1 in a previous post.) Rachel, the clarinet player I’d been hanging out with since Ally dropped me, said we should go to the concessions to grab some fries during the third quarter when… READ MORE >>

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