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Morning coffee

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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Ashes to the Universe

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand… For years we plant the seed, we feel ourselves rich; and then come other years when time does its work and our plantation is made sparse and …

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Joy is Good Enough

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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Vitamin D and Me

I’ve been reading a lot about the relationship of Vitamin D and Covid-19 complications in the news.  I imagine you have too.  I think it all got started when Dr. Fauci (the director of the …

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My One Year Yoga Challenge – Halfway

I’ve spent the last six months dabbling in the world of yoga. I’ve sought out different online courses, delved into a variety of yoga styles, and observed how my mind and body responded and adapted …

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“Start Where You Are Today”

First thing each morning Susan and I head out to the Royal Gardens.  A morning walk with exercise is our favorite activity of the day.  This morning, though, we were each feeling creaky and sore.  …

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The Importance of Small Pleasures

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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A Year of Yoga: Daily Practice

About 60 days into Spain’s CV-19 stay-at-home mandate, I realized something.  Without making it a goal,  I’d practiced yoga every single day for the entire time.  Some sessions were shorter than others because some days …

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Deja Vu High School

As I sat down to write this post it dawned on me that it has been 50 years since I graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in Racine, Wisconsin.   Fifty years is a long time.  …