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Pema, mi Maestra

"In the morning when you wake up, you reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before you go to sleep, you think over what you have done. If you fulfill your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity, confidence, and compassion in the days that follow." Pema Chodron I've written before about my belief that life is what it is. No amount of screaming, waving, kicking or fighting changes it. So now I was taking the exam I had been practicing for. When I first entered rehab in the hospital, my … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

Live Your Life

Montana Hiker Dies of Suicide Shortly After His Girlfriend Perishes in Avalanche       My love, I’m in a quandary as a grandmother. Above all, I want you to live.  I want you to live fully and joyfully. From the perspective of age, I want to remind you how important your life is – no […]

Tell me about your travels…

Hi Over There… I hear about your travels. I see an Instagram or a FB post now and then. But how are you REALLY doing? And what? And where? Privileged young people have been heading across The Pond for their growing up adventures for as long there has been passage, I suppose. I didn’t make […]

Graduation – an End and a Beginning

Dear Grandson, Happy Graduation! Onward and Upward on your new path! Look to the future! New people, new experiences! Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know. The sadness of leaving high school isn’t discussed much, is it? No one talks about what you are leaving behind. Graduating is a happy experience. Your achievements are celebrated, accolades are […]

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FORM LETTERS

Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

…on Being a Stepparent

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that is posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own. Dear Son-to-Be: I’ve thought a lot about your upcoming marriage into our family.  I know that it isn’t my responsibility to […]

…on Wanting Us to Be Together

(NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that was written in 2012. Perhaps it will help you communicate your love.) I don’t like that you are so far away. This is a moment I want to share with you. Of course, I always want us to be walking and talking together.  When […]

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Pema, mi Maestra

“In the morning when you wake up, you reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before you go to sleep, you think over what you have done. If you fulfill your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If […]

My Bubble Life

On August 2 the temperature in Medford was 109. My husband and older daughter and I escaped the heat to enjoy a friends’ beach house a few hours from home. it was paradise – walking he beach in the ocean breeze, drinking fruity cocktails on the deck while watching the sun set the ocean, sleeping […]

4th of July

I woke up feeling a little gritchy* about this holiday. Maybe I can’t put it into words, but for me it seems to be another celebration that is best just thought of as a day to get together and maybe watch a fireworks display. It’s difficult to really remember what I believed about Independence Day […]

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