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Ordinary Good, the Magic of Words and Journaling

  Ordinary Good My dear friend John-Roger used to say “Ordinariness is next to godliness.” I did not know quite what that meant, but it resonated and stuck in my consciousness. Now, it gives me hope, since my life has never seemed dramatic or unusual, but certainly full of ordinary moments of grace. Here is…
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The Joy Quotient

    Do What Brings You Joy Since I have been hearing this advice inwardly for several months now, one of my intentions for this year is to do what brings me joy. I am asking myself each evening, "What brought me joy today?" Here are my lightly edited answers so far. Loving, Listening, Laughing…
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Faces of Living Love # 2

My photography class made an excursion to Keeper of the Plains, a scenic plaza at the junction of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers near downtown Wichita.  Rich rewards emerged in the following photos and brief stories.  Each of my subjects radiated love and caring!  These are street portraits, with the knowledge and agreement of…
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Faces of Living Love #1

  I'm Back First, I am back after a long break.  Most of February, March and early April I stayed in Texas with my 97 year old mom in her final two months of life.  I am so grateful I could be there for her! After the funeral, I began a schedule of frequent travel,…
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Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self

  Mrs. Lee's Gardens Today was a journey into the past and an amazing afternoon of being present with beauty. About 44 years ago, when I was 26, I discovered Mrs. Lee's flowers near Gladewater, 800- some acres of daffodils carpeting the East Texas hills. Years ago, Mrs. Lee ordered a box of bulbs from…
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A Prayer of Remembrance

  Sometimes inspiration comes unexpectedly.  I awake at midnight or in the wee hours with words to share. [caption id="attachment_1455" align="alignright" width="378"] Often, we need to get up above the clouds! Remember to ask for altitude and direction going forward.[/caption] This time it was for a dear friend who has unexpectedly taken on care of…
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Time to Be

Slowing Down Is Self-Care Spending time with my beloved 97-year old mom has helped me slow way down for the past two weeks.  She often has the television on, and she spends much time in her easy chair. She is mobile and cares for her personal needs, so I am not in a full caregiving…
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Tongue Breathing Video

[caption id="attachment_1426" align="alignright" width="264"] If Einstein can do it, you can do it![/caption]   In 111 Gentle Ways to Nurture Yourself, I shared a suggestion to breathe in while sticking your tongue out.  This seemingly foolish trick has helped me relax my uptight jaw and breathe more freely.  I continue to retrain my body in this…
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How to Meditate Part I: Introduction

  Helpful Hints This is a series of posts originally called Helpful Hints for Meditation, updated from my earlier website, PowerofPersonalPeace.com. My desire to share in this format goes back a long way! As a girl, I loved helpful hints in my mother's Ladies Home Journal.  I still read them avidly -- from hacks on…
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Ice Storm

  [caption id="attachment_1400" align="alignleft" width="408"] Ice on the young river birch in our back yard.[/caption] Today slid by in slow motion.  A mild version of the predicted-for-two-days ice storm arrived, coating trees with frozen water, dripping icicles in many shades of winter. I did longer than usual spiritual exercises. The dogs never got their walk.…
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