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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Sunday, June 11, 2017      76 comments

I've just finished reading Amanda Lang's book, "The Beauty of Discomfort". It's very interesting: it coheres with my "hunger is not an emergency" approach very closely. And it also reinforces my general annoyance with that currently popular ph... Read more
Motivation: Keeping On Keeping On!!
Saturday, June 10, 2017      47 comments

OK, I really really wasn't so keen to go to the gym this morning. But: I decided that I wouldn't permit myself to wear my new watermellen shoes unless I went to the gym first. Putting them in my bag to wear AFTER my shower (with some ... Read more
See My New Shoes?
Friday, June 09, 2017      44 comments

When I was a tiny child, getting a new pair of shoes was pretty rare!! And I can remember running up to total strangers inviting their admiration. "See my new shoes?" Well, I have to admit I may have overcompensated as a grown up. I DO h... Read more
Great Evening
Thursday, June 08, 2017      24 comments

It was as beautiful a June evening as I've every experienced. Warm enough for a sleeveless golf shirt. (And: no bugs!!) The birdsong was continuous. Very best company. (Yes: DH!!) The golf itself? Not so great . . . but a... Read more
Social Obesity
Tuesday, June 06, 2017      21 comments

I'm still reading Michael Harris on Solitude. He points out that although only 8% of American adults used social media in 2005, that exploded to 73% by 2013: and that usage spikes among those with anxiety. It's like the "social grooming" fo... Read more
Loneliness . . .
Monday, June 05, 2017      20 comments

says Michael Harris in this morning's Globe and Mail . . . is "failed solitude". And solitude is essential Why? 1. Solitude is our only opportunity to have a "fresh idea". 2. Without "fresh ideas", I won't be able to dis... Read more
Dark and Rainy
Sunday, June 04, 2017      20 comments

I know, I know: the weather forecast SAID cloudy and rainy today but sometimes the forecast is wrong -- and yesterday was all blue skies and sunshine. And I did enjoy every minute of it. And: I'm going to enjoy every minute of today ... Read more
Sensual Depravity?
Saturday, June 03, 2017      22 comments

Or really, should I say, sensual deprivation? Increasingly we human beings can find ourselves living lives of extreme sensual deprivation. From our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned offices: we no lo... Read more
Flowers for YOUR Kitchen Table!
Friday, June 02, 2017      30 comments

A Spark friend commented on yesterday's blog that she intended to buy herself some flowers for her kitchen table. When I die, it's my hope that my obituary will not read, "In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of your ... Read more
June!!!
Thursday, June 01, 2017      27 comments

What a glorious month, stretching out ahead of us! George Herbert's poem "Virtue" celebrates the "Sweet day, so calm, so cool, so bright . . . " and that's what's outside my window today. With a forecast for several more days of br... Read more
Chicken Burger for Breakfast
Wednesday, May 31, 2017      27 comments

No, not me. Charlie. When I went downstairs this morning, Charlie was pretty clearly not feeling great. Oh yes: he thumped his tail. But without lifting his chin off the floor. Or even opening his eyes. So I got right d... Read more
Verandaaaaaaaahhhhh!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017      32 comments

Yes, it's verandah season again. And from our verandah, the world smells of flowers this morning: lilac and lily-of-the-valley. Sipping coffee, reading the newspaper, Charlie snoozing with his chin resting on the railing, listening t... Read more
They're Everywhere!
Monday, May 29, 2017      27 comments

Baby cardinals. Well, maybe not everywhere. But now that I know what to listen for and what to look for, I've seen and heard baby cardinals in multiple locations in my front and back yards. So adorable! Their little piping voices... Read more
Fledgling
Sunday, May 28, 2017      28 comments

Yesterday out picking lilac for the kitchen table I heard a small cardinal voice and there it was! What looked like a miniature cardinal, with kha... Read more
CHAINge
Saturday, May 27, 2017      36 comments

You see that status post button? It says "CHANGE". That's the button we need to hit to change our status. MAINtenance (the MAIN thing) is pretty much about staying in the same place, give or take within a range. Even though it seems to r... Read more

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