A recent story on Medium.com brought back a memory from a college art class lecture. Or maybe it was a photography class. It’s been so long I can’t remember. Anyway, I remember learning the concept of Naked Versus Nude in art.Continue reading “Show Me Your Naked Side”
The Awkwardness of Being Me
I’m an awkward person.
I often respond with a “You, too’’ when the waiter says, “Enjoy your meal.” When we celebrate someone’s birthday at work, I’m the one who coordinates their birthday lunch. The birthday person will thank me and I’ll say, “Thanks for having a birthday.”
Really. I say stuff like that.Continue reading “The Awkwardness of Being Me”
The Dance of Nature
trees sway to the music of the wind
while lakes groove to a melody all their own
bubbling up from a sound deep within
and pulled by the tune of the moon
The Universe Within Us
within me exists a universe
of delightful sparkling stars
and densely heavy planets
of swiftly swimming salmon thoughts
and lumbering whale-sized emotions
of chartreuse green ideas springing to life
and ones yet to form
under the depths of winter’s ice
Wearing the Crown of Self-Worth
“Alas, there’s the sound. The queen requests her tea.”
I watched as my friend Ray poured hot water into a tall white mug over a bag of Earl Grey tea. He smiled at me then padded softly into the bedroom where his wife Bonnie lay rousing from sleep. It’s a ritual they do every morning — Ray being an early riser and Bonnie needing a nudge to greet the day. She gently calls and he answers by bringing her a cup of hot tea.Continue reading “Wearing the Crown of Self-Worth”
I Choose To Be Happy
There is another way to go through life besides being pulled through it kicking and screaming.~ Hugh Prather
I choose to be happy
When I get cut off in traffic
When I don’t get that big raise
When the stories on my blog
gather only a handful of reads
I choose to be happyContinue reading “I Choose To Be Happy”
My Soul Knew My Word For The Year
As I mentioned in a previous post, a few years ago I started a habit of choosing a word for the year. The word then becomes a motto or a theme I’d like to practice.
The year I went through my divorce, my word was release. It felt like the right word after so many years of struggling to make my marriage work. I needed to release all of the things that no longer worked for me.
Last year my word was explore. With COVID still on the rampage, I figured at least the great outdoors would be open. ‘Get out and explore’ became my motto.Continue reading “My Soul Knew My Word For The Year”
We Believe What We Do
Devotion does not end at a shrine or image. It is only authentic when it reaches all the way into ourselves and into our lifestyle with an utterly transforming power.”— David Richo, The Sacred Heart of the World.
In the book, All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai, the main character’s sister Greta has a simple philosophy of life–we believe what we do. According to her, our belief system reflects how we spend our time each day.
To demonstrate this, she created an app called MapU. It begins by asking us to list our values and other issues near and dear to us.
What do we value most? Would we type in Health? Equality? Justice? Spirituality?
This is what we say we believe.Continue reading “We Believe What We Do”
The Difference Between Believing and Knowing
An event happened recently which prompted me to delve deeper into the difference between believing something is true and knowing it’s true.
Here’s my takeaway. See if it resonates with you.Continue reading “The Difference Between Believing and Knowing”
Curious Questions #16 & 17: What’s Your Word for 2022 and Can You Help with Mine?
Last year, I wrote a post about a friend who chooses a word for the new year instead of making resolutions. I love this idea and for the past few years, I’ve done the same. Last year, my word was explore and I must say my year lived up to my word.
I discovered a number of new hiking and biking trails and took a great solo trip to explore Door County, WI–a place I’d always wanted to visit.
I’ve also spent a lot of time this year exploring meditation on my own and in a group setting. Both have proved to be quite beneficial and rewarding.
And I’ve been exploring another platform for my writing and have posted a number of articles there. Needless to say, in exploring that site I’ve been neglecting this one. It’s been hard to keep up with both.Continue reading “Curious Questions #16 & 17: What’s Your Word for 2022 and Can You Help with Mine?”