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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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Tranquil the Whole Day Through

Our casita here in Mairena has a south facing terrace.  It’s a pleasant place.  I especially enjoy watching as clouds across the valley arise, linger for a while, and then fade. The quiet spectacle always …

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1st Impressions: Mairena, an Alpujarran Pueblo

We’ve been in Mairena Spain for just over a week having arrived a few hours before the borders closed between the autonomous communities in yet another attempt to control the pandemic.  This tiny village has …

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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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Change Happens as We See the Next Step

It feels a bit liberating to have decided to put off “settling down” for a while.  We were so intent on finding a place to “live,” until a few weeks ago we never considered just going on a very slow, long journey. 

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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 Life Well Lived: Lizzie, the Best Dog Ever

It’s been two weeks since our Lizzie returned to the universe.  She played like a puppy on Friday.  Saturday the grand mal seizures began.  She never recovered.  Lizzie was in her thirteenth year. I totally …

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How to Get a Digital Signature in Valencia, Spain

We’re up for our second visa renewal this year.  When I reached out for advice from our good friends at YesValencia,   Linda asked me if I had ever considered getting a digital signature.  The COVID-19 …

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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 …