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Have you ever found yourself choosing to put off everything until you’re sure of it? If so, Norman Vincent Peale predicts that “you’ll never get anything done.”

I recently happened upon the deceivingly extemporaneous website of artist, blogger, mother, teacher and thought-provoking philosopher, Jenny Doh. Her post, The Beauty of Impermanence, prompted me to build my own post for you today; in her post, Jenny said:

I’ve been thinking more about the quest for permanence that we humans seek… in art, relationships… in all of life, really.

…I’m ok with the impermanence of my art. I actually revel in it. Enjoying it for what it is right here, right now. And I love if just one single somebody revels in it during the fleeting now. Enjoying it deeply. And then loving it in different ways through my memory of what was… as I move onto next.

Food for thought (and action) for back-to-school me who’s moving onto Continue reading » Find Breathing Room in the Impermanent, the Imperfect and the Pleasing…


A Work of Art

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There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

— Deepak Chopra

I was raised with the idea that for each and every one of us, there is a God-given purpose.  But, I’ve never felt that I figured out what God intends me to do.  Recently, I was reminded that while I can be very purpose-driven, maybe God’s a little more relaxed about it.  Maybe, the idea is for each of us to create the best version of us that we can be.  Maybe, the intent is that we become works of art.  Let me tell you the story of how I reached this conclusion… Continue reading » A Work of Art

Theatre Arts, Prepaid Phones and All That Jazz!

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Is Theater the Ultimate Brain Fitness Product?

In an earlier posting, Overwhelmed With Troubles?, I commented on the value of creative expression as an attitude stabilizer and resilience builder.  And now my gut feel about the drawing lessons has been validated.  A recent post on the blog Cognitive Daily cites a study that confirmed the efficacy of visual arts programs AND the even more impressive gains that the research subjects experienced when participating in a theatre arts program. Continue reading » Theatre Arts, Prepaid Phones and All That Jazz!

In the Rose Garden

White Rose BudWith apologies to the poetry aficionados frequenting the BouncebackCafe, I’m offering up an amateur knock-off on the Spoon River Anthology… one of my “what-the-hey” runs at an assignment from my creative writing class.  This is my tongue-in-cheek spoof at my Convent School Education experience.  All names have been changed to protect the guilty!  And, yes, smoking is so NOT PC  (Politically Correct) – a regretted and long-since discarded addiction. It’s hard to believe that my high school class is rapidly approaching our 50th reunion. (Ye gads, my age is showing!) I wonder how many of us still smoke.  C’est la vie! (For those of us who took Latin instead of French, say lah VEE] Life goes on

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Overwhelmed With Troubles?

OverwhelmedLast Year

[This is an article I wrote in early 2008.  On the “good news” side, one year later, my husband continues to be well; chemo, surgery and more chemo stemmed the tide and for the moment, tests come back with our dear friend “NED” – no evidence of disease.  The tub’s been repaired and the toilets replaced.  Life is good.]

Under siege in our battle against an aggressive cancer that has invaded my husband’s esophagus, and, aggravated by a pileup of life’s little irritations, I’m beginning to feel “whelmed” as in “overwhelmed” except that, with perhaps outrageously inappropriate optimism, I refuse to be “overed”! I depend on my resilience to bounce back from this onslaught of bad news.

Yeah, there’s all his BIG DEAL medical stuff. He’s had to deal with the biopsies, the cancer diagnosis, the tests, the chemo sessions and their repeated yucky aftermaths; and, lest we become complacent, I have a few medical issues of my own and we both have waaaay too many doc’ appointments.

Continue reading » Overwhelmed With Troubles?

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

John Updike

Recommended Reading

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