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Spending a Few Moments with Myself

This morning I practiced mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.” (Google) Mindfulness, for me, is a state of being content with and accepting of myself. First, I rolled out the yoga mat and … Continue reading

An Ordinary Walk With my Dog

Now that the days are longer- and warmer- Rumpy and I take later evening walks. I notice as we are out, so are the homeless cats, moving either to or from the neighborhood feeding station.   Last night Old Sam was walking down the sidewalk in front of our house. He stopped and sat as … Continue reading

The Robins are Coming!

The robins came this week, signalling to us that spring has sprung, at least in the Florida panhandle.   It’s always a joyous occasion when the robins return. They aren’t here long, perhaps a day or two. And while here they are noisy, messy, and outrageous in their antics! And boy, do i love it. The … Continue reading

Sweatpants Yoga for Oldsters Like Me

So I started doing yoga. I know, right? I thought yoga was only for young rich white people who wanted to look cool too. Turns out yoga is for everybody, including old, fat people like me. My counselor suggested I give it a try as a means of dealing with stress. So I found a web site … Continue reading

So No, My Job Didn’t Make glassdoor’s “Best Of” List

Recently glassdoor released its list of best places to work for 2016. Surprisingly, my employer did not make the list. So I did a search of my employer on the glassdoor website just to see what current and former employers are saying about them:  Not everything is an emergency and remember what it was like when … Continue reading

Gender Inequality and the Women Who Love It

Recently I overheard a conversation between two women in management talk about a promotional position one was interviewing for. The second woman told the first she was a shoo-in because she’s a pretty woman and “sex sells.” Despite the fact women are graduating college at rates higher than men, we continue to earn less on average than men. … Continue reading

Interview Questions- What I REALLY Want to Say

I hate job interviews.  All those hypothetical questions. All those phony answers. I know, employers want a good fit for their organization. It’s not enough to be competent in doing the job. They want to know if I’ll be a team player. Can I get along with others? Can I suck up to the powers that … Continue reading

Life Lessons for Humans, Provided by Birds

I recently read a news story about a pair of bald eagles who are nesting on a cell phone tower in Miami. Birds are amazing creatures, aren’t they? As humans have stolen practically all the earth’s land, birds have found a way to survive in spite of us. And isn’t  it wonderful that they have? In addition … Continue reading

Trauma- The Scourge of Society

This morning I read on the NPR website Laura Staracheski’s reporting on Dr. Vincent Felitti’s research into childhood trauma and its’ effects on us in adult life. Dr. Felitti developed an ACE test to attempt to measure the amount of trauma experienced by adults as children. It’s fascinating stuff. I hope you read it, and … Continue reading

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