Monthly Archives: October 2011

“Spooktacular” Event

A friend and I were reminiscing yesterday about Halloween in the “good old days,” a time when everyone dressed up as a ghost (old sheet with holes cut out for eyes); a princess, fairy, or queen (crown, magic wand, robe … Continue reading

Posted in current events/themes, personal reflections | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Aging gracelessly

“Patience is a virtue,” according to a line in a sixteenth century Middle English allegorical poem. I’ve been thinking about patience lately and my occasional lack of it.  The patience I’ve been pondering has to do with my stubborn refusal to accept … Continue reading

Posted in aging | 6 Comments

Think you’re multi-tasking? You’re wrong.

When I’m looking for advice or just something to write about, I turn to, which I found through an article on  The graphic design of zenhabits fits the blog’s name.  It’s spare and simple, consisting of black text on … Continue reading

Posted in inspiration | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

What do I say after “Hello”?

Today, a friend and I began leading an informal English conversation group for parents at a local elementary school.   Most participants spoke Japanese as their first language and most had a similar level of fluency, that is, they could … Continue reading

Posted in personal reflections, volunteering | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

November: a good month in which to write 50,000 words

“NaNoWriMo.”  Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?  In fact, for a few days after I read it, I was saying “nano-rhino,” conjuring up images of a tiny version of the horned African beast.  I also thought it sounded … Continue reading

Posted in writing | Tagged | 4 Comments

Movies and myths

I’ll never look at movies in the same way, as a result of reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, who says that contemporary storytellers construct their works according to ancient mythology and fairy tales.  This past week I watched … Continue reading

Posted in books or movies, writing | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Savoring life…and chocolate

Imagine putting a square of chocolate in the middle of your tongue (preferably 71% cacao), feeling it gradually melt and spread to the edges of your tongue, to the roof of your mouth, and down your throat, where the aftertaste … Continue reading

Posted in inspiration | Tagged | 5 Comments

Roller coaster days

Each morning I prepare my husband and myself for the day ahead by reading aloud our horoscopes by astrologer Linda Black, despite the fact that most days they seem to address other people’s lives.  After 40 years together it’s easy to feel … Continue reading

Posted in writing | Tagged | 2 Comments

Tai chi, wild animals and focus

In my last post I wrote that it was very important to pay attention, to stay focused.  A day later I tested this claim.  At the same time, I followed the advice of all the experts on aging on how … Continue reading

Posted in health | Tagged | Leave a comment

Getting the most from life

I have been savoring a fascinating book for the past month.  It’s called Rapt:  Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher.  I know that it’s been a month, since it’s due back at the library tomorrow with 100 pages … Continue reading

Posted in inspiration | Tagged | 2 Comments