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    Welcome, spring!

    Monday, April 14, 2008, 2:15 PM [General]

    For my profile picture this season, I am not including myself, but a close-up of one of the zillions of lilacs that my husband and I enjoyed last year on my birthday.  We went to "Lilac Sunday" at a park in downtown Boston that is known for its rare and voluminous liliac showing each year.  It was absolutely a sun- and fragrance-drenched day, and I think happy thoughts whenever I see the pictures from it.  Hope it brings a little spring freshness into your life!
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    On finishing things

    Thursday, February 28, 2008, 12:12 PM [General]

    Last night, I finished a crafts project I'd been working on diligently for 3 months.  It's a baby blanket for some close friends who have just last week welcomed their beautiful baby girl to the world.  I am floating on air with joy at having finished this, one of the most complex crochet patterns I've ever attempted.  And it has me thinking about the spiritual side of crafting.  On this project alone, I struggled with doubt (will I finish? am I doing this right? is my arthritic thumb going to allow me to do this), focused and was mindful (must not lose count of what row I'm on; must follow the pattern), and now am celebrating both the satisfying feeling of doing something hand-made for a dear friend and the joyous reason for the craft, their sweet and lovely daughter.

    Do you ever invest meaning into your hobbies like that? I'd love to hear stories! Meanwhile, here's a picture of the baby blanket I made.

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    My Beyond Blue Interview

    Friday, February 1, 2008, 11:10 AM [General]


    A thousand thank-yous to Therese Borchard for honoring me with an interview on her blog for her series, "How Do You Move Beyond Blue?"

    Click here to read the interview.  Thanks, Therese!

     

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    New Season, New Photo

    Monday, January 28, 2008, 1:25 PM [General]

    I finally have the right photo to keep up my pledge to change my photo to reflect each new season.  I love this one because it will be a reminder to me that wintertime doesn't mean curling up with hot cocoa and hibernating by the fire (well, it means that too....).  Winter also offers us the chance to see the outdoors in a different way.  There's beauty in the sparseness of wintertime, the clean slate of snow, the feeling that great things lurk in the soil waiting to bloom come springtime.  Here are some of my favorite Health & Healing features for keeping healthy and happy through the winter months:

    Happy winter, everyone!
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    Join the Spiritual Walk Across America

    Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 10:59 AM [General]

    You might have seen renowned fitness instructor Kathy Smith on Beliefnet a lot recently.  She gave us an interview on how fitness saved her life, and shared an audio meditation on how to make peace with your body.

     

    Now, Kathy is launching a new project with us, a 10-month journey toward the Spiritual Walk Across America.  Each month, she'll announce a new theme for health, fitness, and spiritual reflection (and a fun contest to go with it).  The community of walkers will grow as the months go on, and we'll be sharing our progress, our struggles, and our insights.  Then, on October 4, 2008, we'll all head out for a 5-mile walk and (virtually) travel across America!

     

    Click here to learn more about the walk, and click here to join Kathy's Spiritual Walking Group.

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