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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 …

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Uprooted! I Didn’t Have a Checklist for That

Susan and I had coffee with a fellow American who had recently arrived in Valencia.  As our conversation unfurled he quietly admitted that he’d been having second thoughts.  After two months he wasn’t “living the …

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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.  …

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My Reckoning With Hidden Consumption: Part 2 — Food Waste

In Part I of this series I examined my clothing purchase habits in order to reduce my contribution to the fashion industry’s environmentally unsustainable practices.  Part II is a similar examination of my role in …

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My Reckoning With Hidden Consumption: Part 1 — Clothing

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

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.  …