Relationships

White Hair? On Me?

There it is, folks. My very own distinguished white streak at last.

Yesterday I made an amazing discovery.

The night just prior I had noticed a grey hair or two making an appearance along my hair's main part line.

Don't misunderstand - this was nothing new.

It was what I discovered next that left my jaw hanging wide open.

This morning, as I was preparing to make war on the grey as usual, I encountered a never-before-seen sight.

A patch...
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Recovery

Ruminations on Peanut Butter

I watched this stressed-out baby sheep being unloaded for a children's petting zoo event. But the moment the baby sheep saw all that grass, the stress of the ride, the jouncing, the close quarters, all was forgotten as contented munching quickly commenced.

Around the time I turned 11, I discovered that the easiest way to get all my other worries to leave me alone was to pick one worry, assign it the job of being the...
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Recovery

Learning to Burst Open Your Ideas

Simply lovely (thanks to Pinterest for the image).

If you've been following along here for the last month or so, you've probably read about some pretty painful experiences.

I guess I'm on a roll.

The thing is, at age 46 (and counting), I'm sure not getting any younger, and some of this stuff I really don't want to take with me.

And while I'm not sure we ever really "let go" of things that have literally reshaped...
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Relationships

Recovering From Bullying, Part 2

Post-move flock is very happy and healthy and, best of all, we are all safe and sound and enjoying our new casa together!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post I called "Recovering from Name Calling and Bullying."

In this post, I shared the heart-breaking experience of finding myself the target of adult bullies (whom, much to my surprise, were just as scary to the adult-me as remembered childhood bullies were...
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Shannon Cutts

Are You An Empath? (the superpower I would like to give up)

My box turtle, Bruce, has never met a fence he could tolerate. I guess I'm not the only one with boundary issues!

As a little girl, oh how I loved to read!

I was especially fond of science fiction, since (according to the cover art, at least) everyone was always trim and good-looking and self-possessed, and they had all kinds of groovy outfits and super powers.

Many also had super-cool rides, like dragons and "smart" spaceships.

I wanted to...
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Animal Mentors

How to Eat with Gusto

Malti enjoys her favorite treat - freeze-dried mealworms.

From what I can tell thus far, the ideal way to learn how to eat with gusto is to become a tortoise.

If you can swing becoming a South American red-footed tortoise, even better.

My nearly three-year-old red-foot girl, Malti, was born ready to eat.

I wasn't present at her birth, but I suspect she shot out of that egg so fast, mouth wide open, expecting...
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Sufficiency

What Happens When We Don’t Have Enough

This is exactly how I feel when I discover a new "lack" in my morning roll call.

As I shared in my last post, bullying and name calling is one possible outcome when we don't feel like we have enough of what we need in our lives.

Or at least it is one possible outcome amongst the folks who live in my current neighborhood.

And while of course I can't possibly know if this...
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Recovery

Recovering from Name Calling and Bullying

This beautiful painting hangs over my kitchen sink. The painter was a death row inmate who turned his life around through yoga and meditation (although this didn't prevent his sentence from being carried out). His beautiful portrait of love and hope has been a great comfort to me over the years, and never more than now.

A few nights ago, my next door neighbor called me a "prude."

While I was pretty sure this wasn't the...
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