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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-15

We had some warm weather!  And sunshine!  What could be better?  I’m getting a rhythm into my commute, so I no longer feel rushed and I’m no longer getting on the wrong train.  I had one day where the trained delayed by two hours, but I got to try out a new (Roti) restaurant for dinner, while I waited.  So much more good than bad going on in my life.  Well, really, no bad worth mentioning. Here’s a few things, in no particular order,  that cause me to pause, wonder, and give thanks: Another grandchild became a teenager.  Miss K sent…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-13

It must be the warmer weather.  Or perhaps it’s the brighter than bright forsythia against a still-brown yard and grey sky.  Everything seems so hopeful under the damp chill.  For one thing, the ACA was not repealed.  There’s lots of room for improvement in healthcare.  Still, I’m all for moving forward, rather than backward.  IIt’s time, don’t you think? Here’s a few more things that fill me with happiness this week:  I have a temporary full-time job, doing technical writing for a start-up biologic company.  Yay!  I’m not sure what I like best: a) I’ll be problem solving; b) the…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-12

Here’s a few more things that bring me joy. Long walks with Loved-One.  We have a wonderful 2 mile loop that we take.  We like to get out there once a day when the weather is nice.  And the weather is nice enough!  An interview for a technical writing gig at a biotech firm.  It’s a bit of a comment, but doable by mass transportation.  Successful eye surgery.  I’m back to playing my flute.  Seeing better actually makes me understand the music better.  I’m amazed how clear vision is so related to clear thought. The Christmas tree tucked away in…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-11

Some Mondays my “pause” is longer than others.  So much humdrum in my life.  What’s the point in sharing?  Not today.  I am gleeful in my gratefulness.  Why? I can see! Friday I had surgery to remove a cataract.  Things had progressed unusually fast, as Dr. Eyes explained.  It was like looking through vaseline.  OMGosh!  The first day with no bandages I literally fainted from the intensity of color my poor little “cones cells” experienced.  Really, truly.  The whole room began to spin. Click here to see if you are tetra-chromatic, like I am. And print.  Oh My!  It’s like…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #10

I spent last week recovering from the flu.  The fever and chills were tough, the cough and headache made me want to close my eyes against the world. But it was the aching bones that really got me down.  I began to really empathize with people who suffer chronic pain like arthritis or fibromyalgia. By Sunday, I began to give thanks for a robust immune system and a body that’s springing back to liveliness.  By Sunday afternoon, I forgot all about being sick, and began reveling in some good news: A big two page spread in the local paper about…

Heads up! It’s the President’s Address

Tonight President Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress.  To find out how to watch it, click here. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-watch-trumps-address-to-joint-session-of-congress/) I classify myself, if I must be classified, as a Progressive Catholic. I vote both sides of the aisle, following my conscience and paying close attention to what the candidate and their party plans to accomplish. Much of what President Trump says and does saddens me, but tonight is not really about him.  It’s about the plan.  So today, I recap what’s on the agenda for Republicans, who hold sway over two of our branches of government. During the Presidential campaign, I…

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