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May 28, 2020

Same Storm, Different Boats

There is so much grim news surrounding us these days. Will I have a job? Will I get sick? Will someone I love die? Will there be another Great Depression? We are all having such unique experiences during this time. Here are people I’ve met wh...

May 21, 2020

Stay Loose!

Every year, Mary and I take part in the bi-annual pedestrian and bike count for Allen County. 

Mary takes care of getting us signed up. So, on Saturday morning, when I woke up, she announced that she signed me up to count today. Mary only remembered to get us...

May 19, 2020

A Lesson in Humility

These days, instead of flying to Europe or visiting a National Park, I go grocery shopping. My big trip today took over two hours. It took so long because I was trying to see through my glasses, which kept fogging up because of my face covering. I w...

May 14, 2020

I Told an Old Lady to Back Off Today.

I was out shopping today at our local grocery store. I only had a few items to get and was having trouble finding what I wanted. There was no sherry for one of our recipes and no rhubarb for a pie we wanted to make. A little old lad...

May 12, 2020

This is interesting. I wonder what will happen next. 

In this next series of writings, I search for inspiration to help me live fully as feelings of fear and anxiousness arise. Pema Chödrön’s book, When Things Fall Apart, helped me to put things into perspective.


Love and Live in this Moment.

This afternoon was so lovely and sunny that I took a walk in Hermon Woods on my own. It is so different when you are alone in the woods because I am not tempted to have a big conversation - there isn't anyone to talk to. So as I walked, I n...

April 29, 2020

Reduce Fear, but Don't Eliminate it.

Last night, watching the Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) on TV, I got caught up in the magic of the show. At the end, I felt sad watching so many actors on stage in the Albert Hall in London, and the hall filled with peopl...

April 27, 2020

Everyone Deserves the Benefit-of-the-Doubt - Including Yourself.

It is tough not to be judgmental these days. When Mary and I go walking in the park, we appreciate our fellow walkers who move off to the side, giving us proper social distancing. We provide a lot of space...

April 24, 2020

We Are All First Responders.

I think about how life changed for us after 9/11. Now metal detectors and security checks are common. Last summer, before we could get into Grant Park in Chicago for a concert (Grant Park is like Central Park in New York), we had to pass thr...

April 22, 2020

I’ve Overdosed on Outrage, Anger, and Resentment.

I overdosed on outrage today. In headlines in the news and in comments on social media, everyone seems outraged. Not concerned. Not wanting to offer another opinion. Not looking for common ground or shared interests. Eve...

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