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Trying to be Loveful

My precious parrot, Pearl, offering his appreciation of the pretty parrot reflected in the shiny cover art for Kerry Egan's "On Living."

In the book I've been reading lately, "On Living" by Kerry Egan, she shares so many powerful stories - each story another parting gift from a hospice patient who literally never knew when a newly arriving day might be their last.

What a profound way to live!

In a sense, I...
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How to Let Your Life Be Kind to You

One of my favorite images - my parrot, Pearl, was born knowing how to be kind to himself (which is a good thing, since his mommy needs frequent reminders!)

Lately, I've been reading a book titled "On Living" by hospice chaplain Kerry Egan.

When I like a book, I really, really like it.

(If I have it on loan from a friend or the library, sometimes I also consider not giving it back. Ever.)

In...
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What Sex and Dying Have in Common

For those of you who are just joining us here, just so you know, I have a mild phobia of death.

I often blog about it.

Mostly, I am afraid of what I don't know. Like, will death hurt? (if so, a little or a lot and where and for how long - more detail would be great here).

Also, will I like where I go after I die? What if I don't? Are there other options?

Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I'd also like to...
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I Know I’m Supposed to Hate My Body

I'd never heard of caramel cake until I read Cynthia's story. And I don't know if she is still alive or if she will ever see this post. But in her honor, I've chosen a collage of caramel cake photos I hope she would love. (thanks to Grandbaby Cakes for the image!)

I know I'm supposed to hate my body.

Why are you supposed to hate your body?

Because I'm fat....
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On Finding the Perfect Partner

One more topic I don't have to write about to learn

I just love writers.

It probably helps that I am a writer (which also perhaps makes me just the teensiest bit biased), but it is more than that.

Writers tackle and write about tough subjects I need to learn about.

When they do this, I don't have to do all that research and, well,...
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Not Taking Yourself Personally

The 4 Agreements from Don Miguel Ruiz's instagram.

I find myself pondering Don Miguel Ruiz, Sr.'s "four agreements" quite a lot lately.

When I'm not talking about them (which is most of the time, since I work from home and my parrot, Pearl, has a pretty short attention span), I'm thinking about them.

Sometimes I also read about them in the book by the...
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Even Whales Can Be Superstitious

I love to go thrifting.

But unlike certain famous television folks with the same hobby, I'm not out to find a real Monet on sale for $12 (mostly because I probably wouldn't recognize it) or a genuine dinosaur tooth from the Jurassic  that would be pretty cool.

Nope. Mostly I'm on the lookout for a pair of last-decade's jeans that might actually fit my this-year's booty, or perhaps a 50-cent book I am eager to read that inexplicably isn't...
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A Mentor in Hiking Boots

My parrot, Pearl, checks out the crispy cover of Cheryl's book "Wild."

About seven weeks ago, my boyfriend and I returned from a 6-day trek into the wilderness of West Texas.

The town we stayed in had a population of 349 people (coming from Houston, a town of more than 2 million people, this was pretty wild all on its own)!

Our goal...
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