The Burning Bowl

Looking back . . . 2023 is here, and you close out yet another chapter. The past year, in many ways, was filled with love, friendship, adventure, challenges, lessons, and reflection. But there are other negative parts too. Here’s a simple process to help honor what has been, let go of what is no longer…

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Time for the Pause

Fall is here, with the beauty of changing leaves and cooler breezes. Life has slowed from the frenzy of summer to the wind-down of autumn. And it will be gone in the blink of an eye. Halloween has come and gone, leaving us on the slide through the end of the year. But before we…

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Mid Year Check UP

It’s July, halfway through the year. Time for my mid-year checkup. In 2020, it was easy to get stuck. Too easy to think: “I can never do that.” Or “It’ll be like this for a long time.” And “What will my future will even look like?” Step #1 to Get Moving So, I decided to…

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Reading the Paper

Duff here. Mom likes to read the Paper. Often, She is quiet, Considering all She has absorbed. Sometimes She explains situations to Me, going into Great Detail. I listen carefully and Keep up. There are times when She is calm, saying, “Oh, that’s nice,” when reading a heartwarming story. But other times She gets quite…

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Water

On my daily morning walk with MacDuff, we pass a ditch with running water. Sometimes the ditch is fairly full, burbling and moving along. Once, it was so full it overflowed onto the empty lot on the corner. And other times, it is simply a trickle. The water itself is usually clear, with a definite…

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Learn and Grow

It’s okay to find problems in things that we like. That’s how we grow. —Ali La Benz Duff here. I like My Life to be smooth sailing. No worries. No fuss. Unstuck. But I have discovered That’s not always Possible. Let’s take Grooming, for instance. (Actually, Mom calls what happens cutting My hairs.) I am…

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Maintaining Your Road

So many signs along the road as I go for my morning walk! Some are about upcoming events (Dance! Friday night!). Others to locate a lost pet, complete with picture, description and contact number. Then, there are road signs. Dead End. No Right Turn on Red. School Zone. But the one that intrigued me was:…

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