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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-21

There’s good enough reason to Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock this week.  What a busy month June is stacking up to be.  So much discord is happening around the world, it seems like anything that bothers my personal being is mundane.  Besides physical threats, violence, racism, and terrorism there’s the wellbeing threats: Christian immigrants in Detroit fearing deportation to a hostile land, people worrying about having enough food, and people who can’t afford healthcare.  And then this morning, I find that a house blew up in a neighboring town, damaging 50 other homes, and leaving many homeless.  On top of…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-20

I had a busy week, and a busier weekend:  Little league Baseball, dance recital, graduation, church, and Wonder Woman.  I missed a concert, a graduation party, Mom’s Todo Party, and a coveted Pentecost mass.  I wish I could be in three places at once.  In the meantime, I’m practicing being in the now.  Whooo!  I am, indeed, blessed. Here are a few more things, in no particular order, that make me give me reason to give thanks:  Stairs, stairs, and more stairs.  Thanks to trains, subways, and work, I now get in about 30 flights of stairs.  My gluteus muscles…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-19

If you follow my posts, you know that my brother had bypass surgery.  He’s home and recovering remarkably well.  Besides the genetic and emotional link to my brother, he’s almost the same age as Loved-One.  A pragmatic Wrestler #2 said, Well, if a man makes it through their sixties, he has a good chance of living a long life.  (Gee thanks, for the encouraging look at the next generation, son.) Can I start by saying I’m lucky to have people that tell it like it is? Here’s a few more things worth celebrating:  A mostly overcast weekend that prodded me…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-18

This past week, my kids treated me to a wonderful Mother’s Day, I attended a branding and marketing class, and my brother got admitted to the hospital for bypass.  Yes, it was one of those muddled weeks. My brother Loren just turned the big “6-0” in April.  Last week he felt pain in his chest, called the doctor and told him  to get right to the hospital.  Responsible man that he is, he finished his meeting. (He had important information to share, in case he didn’t come back.) next he drove himself to the hospitals.  After a successful surgery, he’s…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-17

Mother’Day is just around the corner, but for me it’s in the rear view mirror.  wrestler #1, CeCe’s hubby, and their kids came over, and along with Loved-One prepared and wonderful brunch for the mother’s in the group.  Loved-One set the good China out for the three mothers, and everyone else ate on paper plates.  Omelets, sausage, waffles with Nutella and blueberries, mimosa, coffee, and key lime pie.  Queen for a Day, that’s how I felt. Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that bubbles up joy for me:  Tons of hugs and kisses from grandchildren. Surprise tweets…

Pause,  Breathe, and Take Stock – 2017-16

“Ask and you shall receive.”  That’s only part of the story for me.  so many times I’m just rolling along, not even thinking about wanting more and ShaBam, I’m on the receiving end of wonderful things.  Okay, yes, sometimes I’m asking. This weekend, I had the honor of making my nieces wedding cake.  Yes, of course I was nervous.  Grandchildren are pretty open-minded.  If a cake looks something close to a dinosaur or a volcano, or even Bible Man, a child jumps for joy.  Brides?  Maybe she would be a little pickier.  Jana loved it!  I did work myself into…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-16

Ahhh… I only got on the wrong L-train once this week. I took an extra trip around the loop, considering how many times I’ve been lost in my life, and how once, passengers feared they might starve with me as a navigator. Yes, that’d be little sister in the back seat.  So far, no one has starved, been injured, or permanently scarred.  My problem solving skills improved, my confidence boosted each time I triumphed, and this time, I had one extra trip around the loop.  Time to ponder, time to daydream, time to plan my next novel.  Wait a minute.…

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