Blessings All ‘round

Archived | August 29, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad.  Lot going on this week on every level, almost too much if there is such a thing.   Mostly packing up two kids for college, and my gosh.  I ran out late the other night to pick up a fingernail clipper and a large plastic storage bin and socks.  Yes.  Socks.  Just before 10:00 p.m.  On top of three days of Gathering Miscellaneous Things, during which I  sprained a finger trying to shove a box into a too-small space.   Broke a shelf in my refrigerator by doing the same thing with a too-large bowl.  Shrunk the heck out of my daughter’s new wool sweater.   Burned my hair a bit when I bent over too close to a lit candle.

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Crockpots of Comfort

Archived | August 22, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad.  Spent the evening in the kitchen making just about everything I felt like making, summer comfort food mostly:  crockpot scalloped potatoes, broccoli salad, meatloaf filled with green peppers and Monterey jack cheese, sugar cookie cutouts shaped like sunflowers and some simple circles, all of which I frosted yellow and – on the plain circles — sprinkled sugar into smiley faces. 

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No Shame in Needing to Heal

Archived | August 11, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Got a call from my best friend Angela during intermission, and she had some good stories to tell about a workshop she attended last week on something called “equine assisted psychotherapy”, a form of therapy where horses help people understand things about themselves and their emotions.

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Floating Over the Rough Stretch

Archived | August 8, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Funny how music can pick you up and take you out of your life like a dream. It carries me away, often, and on those days when the din becomes a roar, or silence grows loud, I turn on the radio, or put in a Johnny Cash or Eva Cassidy cd and float on through whatever it is the day has brought that begs for music to take the edge off.

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Something Bigger Than You

Archived | August 3, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad.  Been a hot week, and I’ve done my best to avoid air conditioning and go with open windows.  Gets a bit toasty, yes, but if there’s a breeze, it makes all the difference.  I like how it feels on my face and neck and forearms as I wash dishes, and I can breathe in all the scents from beyond my own yard — the neighbors’ barbecued chicken, hot tar, the blooming flowers and lawn clippings across the street, the tall field grasses down the road, lake water, and wood smoke from a campfire somewhere.  And the sounds, too, of lawnmowers and children hollerin’ and dogs barking and people talking and old trucks barreling on by.  And the cicadas.  Summer sounds.

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