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We’re all troubled

Those who claim they aren’t are perhaps the most troubled of all. I’ve been most troubled lately by my inability to “be positive,” to “count my blessings,” to “bring joy,” or to embrace similar well-worn adages. I find myself constantly … Continue reading

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No trombone zone

Many of us are suffering from mental fatigue in varying degrees. The negativity that has been the recurrent theme of the past year has affected us all. We try to laugh, but it’s forced, or our laughter is inappropriate. Others’ … Continue reading

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My thoughts to myself for the day

It’s very easy to talk about people without mentioning their names. Those who know them will know exactly who you’ve referred to, and a fair number of others will be certain you’re talking about themselves. Avoid talking about others at … Continue reading

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I was in Jerusalem for Christmas in 1967 – six months after the 6 day war

I was 12 years old. There were piles of burning rubble and young women and men, a few years older than I, carrying machine guns, everywhere. We visited the Dome of the Rock, the Mount of Olives, and the dead … Continue reading

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There are no more summer tomatoes

I read a text on “mindfulness” recently that suggested readers surround themselves with pillows at bedtime, and imagine the pillows are another person cuddling them. In another chapter, a reference to a woman who was cutting herself was included as … Continue reading

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Finding peaceful moments each day

When I take time to simply observe, the ordinary often becomes extraordinary. A late night sudden downpour, complete with thunder and lightning, becomes a symphony for all five senses. A momentary glance through my front window reveals a glimpse of … Continue reading

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Listening and looking

I hear the slap of the little boy’s sandals and see a family. The little boy’s wearing white shorts. He holds the hand of a woman who holds the hand of the man on the other side, wearing a white … Continue reading

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Respite

A dried brown leaf twirls from an invisible filament a foot beneath a green and red branch, as others drift to the sun-mottled lawn below. A pine cone, the edges of its open brown petals tinged white, lands with a … Continue reading

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Change two words challenge

Create a sentence that conveys a different sentiment based on the order of the words. Examples: Do things wrong. Do wrong things. You can change the world. The world can change you.

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We want tomorrow to be better

I’m sitting on the porch, enjoying the shade, the breeze and the quiet rustle of leaves. Church bells chime every hour, and cyclists pedal by. The parking spaces lining the streets and in the parking lots are almost empty and … Continue reading

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