19Oct, 2018

Writing Postcards – A Tradition Continues

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Postcard carousel in the colonnade at Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic (September 2016) Whenever I travel, I send postcards to my brother and sister. They do the same. This summer I was grounded because of my hip surgery, but the side table by my writing spot displays postcards from my brother's trip to Scotland and my sister's excursion to [...]

12Oct, 2018

The Rainy Day File

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One evening last summer, my brother and I lingered by the camp fire after the rest of the family had gone to bed. As the flames died down, we looked up at the night sky, taking in its twinkling endlessness. Suddenly, there they were: Two falling stars, their contrails briefly lighting up the inky firmament. “Did you see that?” We [...]

5Oct, 2018

Place Can Help Restore Your Sense of Self

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Yesterday I went for a walk around Promontory Point for the first time since my surgery, and I realized: a place can help restore our sense of self. Three months after the surgery, I was taking this walk that I have taken so many times before, and: I felt that I was reclaiming a part of myself. Making the round [...]

28Sep, 2018

Summer Apples

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This is the time of year when I used to go apple picking with my kids. Alas, they've all flown the nest, and the one day my daughter and I could have gone, I was simply in too much pain. I simply love everything about the County Line Orchard where we always go--the apples, the beekeeping shack, the petting zoo, [...]

21Sep, 2018

Knitting or How Creativity Connects

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I always knit when I'm on a plane, or crochet. In fact, if I have a flight coming up, and I don't have a knitting project going, I frantically cast about for one, often shopping for yarn at the last minute. Knitting hats is ideal as they're not a bulky project to carry around. However, I can finish knitting a [...]

14Sep, 2018

Learning to Pace Myself

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Nine weeks out from my hip surgery, I wish I could say I've learned to pace myself. My recovery seems to be largely about taking it slowly, treating myself gently but alas, I'm still learning that, and all kinds of other things: Listening to my body. This is what my surgeon told me to do at my six-week check-up when [...]

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