Biological families versus chosen families

I know some (very few) folks whose families are kind, supportive, loving and basically the kind of family we think of when we think of Norman Rockwell paintings, and the American Dream. And I know some (the majority of my friends) whose families are a collection of foibles, odd opinions and sometimes destructive behaviors - …

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We were nominated for the Liebster Award!

My other other blog was nominated for the Liebster Award, and I cannot tell you how pleased that made me…it is a fun award, meant to be shared – paid forward – and that is one of those concepts that makes my heart warm and my soul sing. 🙂

the zen of living smaller


This is very exciting for me, and I am sending my heartfelt thanks to Sam in Yorkshire, England ( for nominating the Zen of Living Smaller for this wonderful award! The Liebster Award is something of a chain letter, in that it encourages you to nominate 5 to 10 other blogs and they do the same and onward  – extending the number of new readers to a blog and opening new horizons for many more folks. Cool concept!

There are a set of rules, once you are nominated – and I will do my best to adhere to them (you can find them at:  ).

So here’s my answer to #3 on the list of rules:  I have a love for sustainability and living smaller (mostly because I started out poor; clawed my way to middle class; accumulated a ton of stuff; lost it all; did it…

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Gate A-4

This is how I always picture “my America”…I love this…and wish more of “this” would happen…

Live & Learn


Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:

Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.

An older woman in full traditional Palestinian embroidered dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing. “Help,” said the flight agent. “Talk to her . What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be late and she did this.”

I stooped to put my arm around the woman and spoke haltingly. “Shu-dow-a, shu-bid-uck, habibti? Stani schway, min fadlick, shu-bit-se-wee?” The minute she heard any words she knew, however poorly used, she stopped crying. She thought the flight had been cancelled entirely. She needed to be…

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Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

The difference in Presidents is striking. I try not to judge, and I try to be respectful of the office. This was shared with me and I feel compelled to share it with you. Sigh.
I will make a concerted effort to be the change I wish to see….

Vox Populi

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December 16, 2012 — two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Dubois had gotten word the day before that the President wanted to meet with the families of the victims:

I left early to help the advance team—the hardworking folks who handle logistics for every event—set things up, and I arrived at the local high school where the meetings and memorial service would take place. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn’t know how…

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Out of the comfort zone

I see a lot of anguish and anger over so many things I personally view as trivial - I do not care what bathroom someone uses if they are using it for its purpose; I do not care who someone loves as long as the other person is an adult and welcomes the love (it …

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You are awesome

As I wind down the loose ends of retiring my business, and start researching how I want to actually DO my Far Reiki and Ukiyo Reiki practices, and also on how I would like to proceed with my art projects; I cannot help but be thankful for the good, thoughtful, funny, insightful folks out in …

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The Reality of Truth


Caring without burnout

I know I have recently succumbed to empathy burnout, and am pulling in to recover and prepare for the next round of going out into the world to help. I liked this article and it's video, so I am sharing with you all.



"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. " Thomas A. Edison I have found this to be profoundly true.  Often in my various jobs, people have asked me how I managed to accomplish one thing or the other, while telling me how easy it must be …

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12 Things I See Happy People Do (that unhappy people do not)

I could ramble on but nothing I could say will say it better than this man has written it – enjoy:

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people who wouldn’t be happy, were they not unhappy but I am not talking about them.  We will just let them be.  I am also not thinking theologically here (i.e. juxtaposing happiness and joy), today I am going to err on the practical and pragmatic side of things.  With that being said, let’s get going.

I think most people want to be happy; they are just not quite sure how to get there from their present location.  Many people honestly believe that happiness is a lucky bounce; a sunny disposition or favorable circumstances but I disagree.  Happiness is a choice…

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