Monthly Archives: December 2017

A New Year’s tradition: reflections, resolutions, and dreams of fresh starts

What a lot of articles and blog posts about New Year’s Resolutions these days. How to have realistic resolutions. How to stick to your resolutions. Use a fortune cookie to frame your resolutions. Set goals instead of establishing resolutions (I think maybe … Continue reading

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Things I’ll do differently when I’m old: an alternative view

You’ll forgive me for perhaps overreacting to Steven Petrow’s recent New York Times article “What I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old”; his observations struck more of a nerve than a chord. Hey, that’s me he’s talking about! I reread his … Continue reading

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Such a feel-good story – and, boy, could we use one

This won’t be a long post, don’t worry. But given how much unpleasantness we watch and read every day, much of it giving us such a feeling of helplessness, I thought it would be nice to share this good-news story. … Continue reading

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Why are straightforward projects seldom straightforward?

My last quilting project of 2017 isn’t quilted after all. And it is significantly smaller than the three quilts I made for our grandsons this year. But although it isn’t quilted … and it isn’t very big, the effort required … Continue reading

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Retirement or no retirement, that seems to be a question these days

The expression “Freedom 55” has gone the way of the dodo, and there are more and more articles about 70 being the new 60. Retirement age is being pushed back, and (some) people talk about not being able to imagine … Continue reading

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Philosophy, Buddhism, paths to happiness … and writing

If ever there was a time when people might want to explore new paths to happiness, it is now. The world order has been turned upside down and compassion and civility across political divides is sorely lacking. Possibly because of … Continue reading

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Resettlement: Fractured yet Whole

Originally posted on Duck? Starfish? But…23:
“Oh, poor old Red Island,” dad would intone in a voice heavy with regret. He’s been gone almost thirty-five years but I can see him now, hunched forward in the old wooden rocking chair,…

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