Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful…

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir by North South Trail... Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... A Walk on the Croton Aqueduct Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir facing North South Trail Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… May all find peace within and without Wherever we look, May peace follow us there Whatever we do, May ...

Reflections: Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

“What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.” Eckhart Tolle I am a Peace Blogger just like the Lennon Wall Peace Image in Prague shows. Today I signed up for the WordPress  Zero to Hero daily challenge.  Our first assignment is to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. Who and Why? My initial reaction to the question was to wax ...

Perfection Not Required: That’s How the Light Gets In…

“Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; That’s how the light gets in.”Leonard Cohen Perfection not Required: Sanctuary at Omega Seek the Sanctuary of Beauty within & Let the Light Get In… Leonard Cohen got it right with that stanza above from his beautiful poem/jazzy song. We live in a world where perfection and external beauty are often placed on a pedestal while inner beauty, truth and morality are not as appreciated. Yet, we are all flawed ...

On Life: What Do You Want…?

“You can never have enough of what you didn’t want in the first place.” Anne Valley Fox On Life: What Do You Want...? Caught in an unending rush to... On Life: What Do You Want...? Full speed ahead by land or by sea... What do we want out of life? Why are we constantly rushing around? What do you want to be? to experience? to give? to receive?  Most of us wake up in the morning, look around us, and feel we are ...

Haiku: Think Pink…

“Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Haiku: Think Pink… National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink while you wait… For your mammography results Love meets awareness. Think Pink and hold on… For your kid’s birthday balloons Love floats towards you Think Pink … remember A Breast exam reminder Two hearts linked as one Since the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave ...

New Monkey Flower Discovered!

A biologist recently discovered a new flower, named Mimulus peregrinus, Latin for “wanderer.” Mario Vallejo-Marin was walking along the banks of a stream in Scotland when he spotted the yellow monkey flower. This is not just any ordinary flower. The M. peregrinus is the offspring of two foreign flowers introduced from the Americas, making it a hybrid. Hybrid flowers are typically sterile due to their odd number of chromosomes, making them unable to reproduce. But, due to a rare genetic duplication, ...

Top Reasons to Grow Borage (Starflower)

Borage officialinalis, also known as starflower or bee bush, is an edible flowering herb native to the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the same family as the forget-me-not, the Boraginaceae family. The plant can be distinguished by its hairy stems and leaves. When it blooms, from about May until October, it produces pretty blue star-shaped flowers. Not only are these flowers pretty to look at, they have many useful benefits. These are the top reasons why you should grow borage: Borage is tasty ...

Surreal Liquid Flowers

At first glance, those photos look like a computer manipulation, some kind of 3D modeling. Or maybe blown glass pieces. So it may surprise you to find out these surreal 3D images were created by the talented photographer, Jack Long. These photographs are part of a series titled “Vessels and Blooms,” where he creates flowers by combining paint splashes with high speed photography. He does not use Photoshop to make composite images. In fact, each photo was captured a single splash ...

What’s That Book About?

Upon completing my read of Jennifer Egan’s book A Visit from the Goon Squad, I begged my husband, “Please, please, please make the next book you read this one. I need to talk with someone about it!” He did as I asked, and we have now discussed it. I needed his opinion, because I knew I’d only gotten from the book what I could get from it, and it felt like every reader would probably have a different take-away. In the ...

Tried and True Beach Reads

The following article, which I wrote today, was first published as Endless Beach Reads: Summertime Escapism in the Sand on Blogcritics. Hope you enjoy it. Big onscreen awhile back (okay, forty-five years ago) was a movie called Endless Summer, a documentary following two surfer dudes in search of the perfect wave. I propose we go in search of the perfect beach read. In general a beach read is light reading as opposed to difficult or demanding reading. A beach read will ...

I’ve Been Drafted…

It seems I’ve been recruited into a battle of bloggers. The masterminds of this battle royale are Rob Shepard and Ricky Anderson respectively – who are actually great friends but highly competitive. In fact, these two guys are so stoked by the thrill of competition – they’ve pooled resources and commisioned an original cartoon drawing of all us blogging “combatants” by the gifted artist Wes Molebash. [EdiTOR's Note: In the picture  above, I'm depicted on the right hand side, third from the top in the brown tee-shirt with ...

Glimpses of God Through a Messy Diaper

Our son is just more than three months old. Every day his personality emerges a bit more as he masters or starts to develop some new skill. By new skill I mean giggling, cooing, rolling over to his back, holding his head up or keenly following an object with his eyes. As parents we are constantly on the lookout for all of those developmental firsts. For instance, with our first two daughters we have captured on video their very first, unaided footsteps – and ...

In My Hands

I remember carrying the tiny gray bird home, his frantic heart beating wildly against my careful hands. I’d found him in a field tucked between two tenements when I was playing army with the neighborhood boys. I was designated as the nurse even though I could handle a stick gun as good as the next guy. I’m not sure what type of bird it was but I knew it was a baby because of its scrawny neck, too thin to support ...

A Modestly Monumental Success…

A Modestly Monumental Success...

Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in. As you may have seen last week, I was within striking distance - losing an additional 1.5 lbs. - of losing a total of -30 lbs. This past week, I was focused on achieving that goal by sticking to the PointsPlus Values plan, closely tracking my food intake as well as "moving" for at least :30 minutes every day.  As a result, when I stepped on the scale before today's meeting.... ..I was down -2.4 lbs. for a ...

Finding Friends in a Hostile World

Over my lifetime I’ve had a series of friendships. As a young girl my two sisters were my best friends. We lived much like a happy litter of kittens, playing, eating, and sleeping together. We were exclusive and faithful to one another, keeping secrets, exploring the boundaries of obedience, and defending each other against neighborhood bullies. As time progressed, so did our worlds, causing us to step outside of our intimate family circle in search of new friends with similar interests. ...

Euphoria...Rapturous Bliss...Really?

Fabricator of Euphoria I have what I need. What I don’t have I don’t need…right now. Easy peasy and that’s the end of my blog. I wish it were so easy. It’s not so peasy either. Contentment…it’s a big pill to swallow; a big girl pill, and not one of those orange flavored chewables. Contentment is often compared with happiness, but being content has more to do with surrender and resting peacefully in whatever situation you may find yourself in, while happiness, being ...

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An unexpected trip home

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There’s nothing like going home. Over the last few months, the initial excitement of moving halfway across the country has been replaced by homesickness. This was alleviated slightly when my daughter came to visit a couple of weeks ago, but I was still missing the warm, sunny days and natural beauty of my home state.Fast forward to nine days ago, and an incredible opportunity to …

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Where to from here?

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I am not completely sure of the reason or reasons why, but my ‘life’ seems to have come to a screeching halt when I was 12. Everything revolves around this age. This is the age I regress to when the darkness hits and I am overwhelmed by even the smallest requirements of being a functioning human being. This is the age that haunts my, all-too-regular, nightmares. This is the age when I stopped dreaming about …

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Is the Black Dog stalking me?

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Is the Black Dog stalking me? I have been on a bit of a hiatus for the last few weeks. It would be nice to say it’s been a bit of a holiday, but that is only wishful thinking. Instead I have started a new job, been working on a uni assignment, and been feeling very homesick. I have also discovered that the spiral of healing continues. At first I thought the Black Dog that has been lurking in the shadows may have been connected with the home-sicknesses, but I’m not so sure. …

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Didn’t you think about the consequences?

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Something I have often heard in the two years since my father committed suicide is “Didn’t you think about the consequences?”Not only have people asked me these things directly, they have also said very similar things about me to people who supported me in my decision to break the silence on being sexually abused as a child. Every time I hear this question, my …

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Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter: What Would You Do?

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I was thinking, if I don’t speak out, I’ll regret it on my death bed.” Dylan Farrow Candle lit for victims of violence Dylan Farrow, 28, is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In 1992, at age 7, she accused Woody Allen of sexually abusing her. The ensuing custody battle case wound its way …

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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

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“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our …

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Sunday in sunny Lucca

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After a hectic few weeks, I have escaped to the sun in Tuscany. The family are here too and are busy finding the mercado as I sit with my feet in the pool, just chilling. As I haven’t written much lately, I thought perhaps you’d like to know that nothing is wrong and I’m enjoying a weeks …