Getting Involved

I’ve been consciously practicing getting involved when I see something that looks like it needs to be addressed — a dog wandering around in a neighborhood where I don’t usually see dogs, for instance, or a baby groundhog looking like it’s about to wander into the street.  This requires that I 1) pay attention to…

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Aventure and Falling in Love

  In my online Taking the Aventure classes, we start off with “Remembering Your Aventures,” and there’s a guided meditation (which you can get for free if you sign up for my newsletter!), meant to help the listener remember some of the previous aventures he or she has had in his or her life.  Because…

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Secrets and Keeping Silence

It’s been a week all about secrets, for me.  First off, we listened in coven to a story from Diana’s Grove Mystery School, which included Cynthea’s brilliant work on secrets:  “The sin that haunts a secret,” she writes, “is not found in the desire for private sharing or the need to keep a confidence held tight.  The sin that…

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Friday Links, August 2, 2013

a lot of lovely stuff today: Mara Glatzel has some good stuff to say about being the sort of person that takes up a lot of space. The Klepto-Ghosts over at my cousin Cass’ old house are still stealing all the flatware.  (This post includes such an excellent photo of grilled cheese, since you can…

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Welcome to Albuquerque, New Tenants!

In the process of the Giant Big Aventure concerning leaving tenure track jobs and moving to Albuquerque, we bought a house there.  And since we’re not actually going to be there till next year, we found tenants.  And they are lovely tenants.  We haven’t met them but we know they are lovely tenants because they…

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Fun With Corgis

You want to know what’s exciting?  I’ll tell you what’s exciting.  Exciting is when you’re on your own, so you need to walk all the dogs yourself, but there are three of them, so you really need to do two dog walks, on account of the extreme stubbornness of Australian Cattle Dogs and Welsh Cardigan…

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Slogging through Heat. And Aventure.

It’s so hot and muggy that we can’t walk the dogs.  Within half a block Rhys starts doing SlowWalk, the sort that doesn’t really solve his problems, as it just takes four times as long to get anywhere.  Including turning around and going home.  Last night the air conditioning wasn’t on, either, on account of…

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Brief Thoughts on Courage

Cal Newport has an interesting post up at Study Hacks on the problems with, as he puts it, “the courage culture.”  He means by this the construction of our lives as one in which we are the heroes, battling against the surroundings which seek to keep us tied down to our boring jobs, rather than seeking our…

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Enjoying Where We Are (Managing not to Scare Off Aventure)

I think it’s totally counterintuitive that the best way to change the circumstances we don’t like is by finding ways to enjoy our lives while we’re in them. Now, that does NOT mean that we need to accept all things that come our way, never taking action, never working for good.  This is not about…

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Elsie Dinsmore, Redux

I’m not here, really; I haven’t been for a while.  I’ve scheduled a bunch of blog posts to go online while I’m elsewhere, so that the delivery of material is not interrupted.  So this involves making a LOT of stuff up beforehand.  And I tell you, that’s hard.  Especially since this is showing up in…

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