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Feb.14.2014
Just a few little reflections that have crossed my mind lately and thus wanted to get out of my head. First, an update to my hair-story. Basically, as I have mentioned before, I don't have the genetic makeup to spend a great deal of time on my hair.  Nor do I want to (again, part of that...
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Feb.11.2014
For many people, New Year’s Resolutions are not easy to continue after the first few days, but some are easier than others especially if they are resolutions that one wishes to keep. With the advent of February, it is about time to report on my successes or failures of my resolutions, at least so...
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Feb.06.2014
A quick blog post to scream, "I'm in, I'm in again! I'm a giver!"  World Book Night US  just announced via email their givers for 2014.  I really thought that I wouldn't get to do it because the books that I put down as my choices were none that I had already read.  As a reader...
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Feb.02.2014
To those wishing for a different outcome from the groundhog, I am sure that waking to today's weather was not to their liking.  Yes, January is over and technically so is Red Roomer Satya Robyn's January Mindful Writing Challenge, but I have to say that today's snowfall was so beautiful with...
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Jan.31.2014
With the last day of January comes the last day of Satya Robyn's Mindful Writing Challenge.  That does not mean that writing small stones has to come to an end.  It can be continued as a discipline that encourages paying attention daily and then writing.  Whether I will continue or...
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Jan.30.2014
Gathering stones together...having just returned our Road Scholar trip to New Zealand, I have not posted any small stones recently for January's Mindful Writing Challenge as Red Room's own Satya Robyn defines it.   The trip was incredible, but frankly, I had not disciplined myself to be as...
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Jan.11.2014
A quick small stone for today:    Defrosting the freezer       thick ice being chipped away,       slush is squishy underfoot,       water puddles everywhere   After the deep freeze,     Warming...
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Jan.10.2014
As we were walking along the lakeshore yesterday, my husband and I paid attention to the slippery roads and sidewalks.  We were not the only ones as demostrated by my small stone, written for January's Mindful Writing Challenge.  Watching the squirrel hop    gingerly through...
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Jan.10.2014
The new year of 2014 has begun and with it, new resolutions to choose; however, the reporting of how the resolutions of 2013 fared has not.  To begin with, having abandoned my resolution to complete my thirty-year-old (or older) swimming swan needlepoint canvas, I turned instead to completing...
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Jan.09.2014
Participating in Satya Robyn's January Mindful Writing Challenge helps make a person pay attention to her surroundings.  Yesterday's quick walk down to the shores of Lake Erie is the inspiration for this  small stone.  Lake Erie shoreline    ice and snow-covered. A thin...
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Jan.08.2014
Participating in Red Room's own Satya Robyn's January Mindful Writing Challenge of writing small stones is a way of discipling myself to write daily.  I will admit to the fact that I am not the most disciplined of writers.  I guess that is why I am so impressed with any who write longer...
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Jan.07.2014
January is Satya Robyn's Mindful Writing Challenge.  This is one of the months she suggests to pay attention and write small stones.  Her website, Writing Your Way Home, is a great source for learning about small stones, how to write them, and read some posted by other people. Today's...
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Jan.06.2014
For January's Mindful Writing Challenge of small stones as envisioned by Red Room's Satya (Fiona) Robyn, here is my small stone for what is Epiphany for many people. Although the fifth of January is the last day of (the twelve days of) Christmas, this small stone seems appropriate. Last night's...
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Jan.05.2014
Satya Robyn (of Red Room fame) has held a Mindful Writing Challenge in January for several years.  She encourages all to write small stones.  Check out her blog at Writing Your Way Home for an explanation of a small stone. Today's small stone is as follows:  A new layer of snow...
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Jan.05.2014
While posted a day late (written last night, actually), this is my small stone for the January's Mindful Writing Challenge hosted by Red Room's own Satya Robyn. Pale creamy liquid    (the color of fresh-churned butter)  in a crystal tumbler, It's thick, rich, creamy    with...
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