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Curious little cat

Curious??? What Are You Looking For?

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What are you curious about? What are you worrying about? What in the present are you paying attention to?

I am curious, I love making discoveries, travelling, speaking with people, going shopping.

— Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Asked for one adjective to describe how I felt at end of training session I answered, “Curious.” Others on the call perceived my word-choice as Continue reading » Curious??? What Are You Looking For?


When Strong Winds Blow – Hunker Down

Sometimes your best response to adversity is to hunker down and hang in there.

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

— James Russell Lowell

The other day the TV weatherman announced high wind warnings and a worrisome night – one that rousted me out of bed at midnight.  As my wind-buffeted house shuddered I worried, worried, worried over things not tied down: patio furniture, awnings, umbrellas… and the bitty little hummingbird perched directly in the path of those howling winds that Continue reading » When Strong Winds Blow – Hunker Down

Houston we have a problem...

I Need a Time Out

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Ever have one of those days when no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get things to process properly?

You’ve been 404’rd… you are sooo having a bad day and require chocolate or wine straight away. We do not recommend using any technology until you have ingested the required medication.

Terry Hershey

I need a Time Out… No, I haven’t been a bad girl.  I’ve just temporarily lost my connection to the topic of Transitions.  My server is down… in my last three posts I explored Stage I – Letting Go, and Stage II – the Neutral Zone… I’ve been befuddled, bedazzled and creative and I’m just not ready – in oh so many ways – for contemplating and Continue reading » I Need a Time Out


Tree’d by Troubles

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Worries Got You Up a Tree?

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

— Proverb

Back in my tree-climbing days I pondered my troubles and nursed my hurts nestled high in the generous leaves of our front yard Alder tree.

The Alder is a tree that supports and protects physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Its associations with both weapons and shields reminded the ancient Celts that part of the skill of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the sword and when to take up the shield…

The alder reminds us of the need to blend strength and courage with generosity of spirit and compassion. There is a time to challenge things and a time to hold our peace.

Sequestered in my leafy bower I dreamed of the day when I would be Continue reading » Tree’d by Troubles

N.D. training to fight fires

Drinking from a Fire Hose – Gulp!

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Are middle-of-the-night worries hosing your sleep?

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.

— John Jay Chapman

From my Not-Quite-Daily-Insights-Journal: …Things that made perfect sense worrying about all night long [now] by the light of day make no sense at all; I wakefully toss and turn fretting and deciding and then about 5AM fall into a sound sleep from which I awaken with only a sense that something is wrong but try as I might I cannot resurrect the perfect sense-nonsense anymore… SIGH. Solutions so fretfully won have evaporated into confused mist.  What was I thinking? Continue reading » Drinking from a Fire Hose – Gulp!