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February 18, 2019

Just received shocking news?  Had a near-miss—or worse—on the road, or a very tough personal interaction?  Here are some simple things you can do that will help right away.  Fuller explanations and more detail are available in my blog article Emotional First Aid.  I su...

January 26, 2019

It snowed last night and this morning.  Now the sun’s come out, turning my lawn and flowerbeds to drifts of cold, cold diamonds.  That means my neighbor Sam will be along shortly to clean off my sidewalks with his snow blower.  Why?  Because I pay him?  I don’t.  Becau...

December 22, 2018

“Pat, you’re in transition,” said my husband George.  Those four words were one of his greatest gifts to me—apart from our two children, the first of whom was just about ready to make her appearance.

It was 1967.  A violent Northern Louisiana rainstorm had  cut electric...

October 25, 2018

Putting my garden to bed each fall is an undeniably daunting task.  I currently have nineteen good-sized perennial flower beds, separated by large swathes of Kentucky bluegrass that rivals Genghis Khan in its territorial ambitions.  Then there are “Angela,” one of the...

September 13, 2018

September is the mind’s time.  The heart-surge of spring’s enthusiasm is long gone; the body’s summer lazing time is over.  Time to get back to work, to the serious business of earning a living, or learning stuff that will help us earn a living. 

Even though t...

July 21, 2018

As I write these words it is Saturday morning, and it is summer, and the sun is shining.   So why am I in front of my keyboard?  Because I am waiting for a phone call from someone important to discuss something important—I think.   And as I wait, I have been thinking a...

June 26, 2018

This has been a hailstorm year in Northern Colorado:  my much-beloved perennials have been stripped, torn and battered three times so far, and it’s only the first week of “official” summer!  What astonishes me, though, is how quickly the plants recover.  How can it be...

May 20, 2018

This morning the tag on my teabag advised me,  “Let your energy be used to build, not to destroy.”   And that brought back a memory…

When little Patsy was about six and sitting on a kitchen stool having the night’s tangles painfully teased out of her hair, her...

March 19, 2018

Last week my dear 2009 Subaru “Maggie” underwent major surgery, conducted by our local dealership.   Beth and I have found these folks to be honest, courteous and very interested in saving us money, so when Josh the service advisor announced that Maggie’s hospital stay...

February 11, 2018

It’s February again.  Heart Month.  Hard to avoid all those reminders—in the streets and the stores, in our mailbox and inbox, on the TV and the internet—that our emotional heart is every bit as important as the physical one…  Whether that heart feels open or closed ri...

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