Category: Coping

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The Soul of Money

Money is the silent partner in almost everything that we do. There are different ways to deal with it, but I learned that what you earn and how you spend it is a private matter not to be discussed with friends or family. The men handled the money […]

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The Cure for Loneliness

“The cure for loneliness is solitude.” ― Marianne Moore I’ve found myself lonely for the first time in 30 years, as my youngest child hits the world running and my husband is frequently on business travel. It’s is often just me and the pets at home. So I […]

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Leaving Behind the Drama Queen

We all know a drama queen. She always has something going on; there’s one crisis after another. These people always seem to have a problem that gets their outrage all worked up. It may be their own problem or a cause they’ve adopted as their own – and […]

stream, North Umpqua river

Unsticking Everything at Once

After living in the flow fairly consistently for the past three years, I found myself out of the flow several months ago. I felt like my life had been paused. Nothing was moving forward; the days looked the same, and everything bored me. I have so many projects […]

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Shaking Up My Meditation Habit

Meditation has been my crutch and my salvation. It has stilled my world of thoughts and distraction so that I could hear my heart. The value of meditation has been extorted by many for years; I’m not going to rehash that. Let’s talk about what it’s like to […]

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When Past and Present Collide

I was quite sad this afternoon and wondered where all this emotion was coming from. I recalled a poem that I read probably 30 years ago, but it called to me so clearly, that I have never forgotten.  I know you thought I cried too long. … It’s […]

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Need a Thumb and Blankie?

Linus has the right idea. When things are tough, we all want a soft blanket and a thumb. When I was a child, I didn’t have a blanket to carry. I had some small cloth dolls that fell apart in a few years. I had a revolving door […]

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Finding Solutions

I have had an interesting few months, and one of the most pleasant surprises is the way I will wake up and suddenly feel smarter! What? Smarter? Well, I’m not really smarter but I feel that way because I see solutions that had been unseen before. This has […]

pond, red leaves

Hunkered Down and Holding

In the south, being “hunkered down” means someone is holding in a defensive position. It implies that there is stress or danger and that one must wait it out. We’ve had quite a snow storm this week, and most people haven’t left their homes as they wait for […]