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Morning coffee

In Living and Learning by Jamie6 Comments

I was on my second cup of coffee at the Starbucks in downtown Corvallis Oregon when I noticed a cute woman walking a pair of dogs.  It was Friday morning the day after Thanksgiving. That …

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Joy is Good Enough

In Living and Learning by Susan10 Comments

With time looking both more precious due to the pandemic and more endless during the recent lockdown,  I decided to take up a new activity: oil painting.  It was actually round three for me. Once …

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The Importance of Small Pleasures

In Active Living, Living and Learning by Susan14 Comments

We resurfaced from the Covid-19 confinement of nearly two months with a renewed appreciation and soft spot in our hearts for the city parks of Valencia.  They represent our little “snippet” of nature until we …

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My Reckoning With Hidden Consumption: Part 1 — Clothing

In Living and Learning by Susan2 Comments

One of my many interests and aspirations is to lower my impact on earth.  I feel a little guilty that I’m just getting around to this with my new retired lifestyle, but timing is everything.  …

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Our Gentle Values and Their Measures

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We are trying to live gently in the world, more gently than we ever have.  We’ve been at this point before, when we were young, and again, and yet again — only to fall short.  …