Category Archives: friends and family

Ready for robots?

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has interviewed a lot of people who say they’re ready for robot mates, robot care givers and robot friends.  Is this because they’re lonely and believe having a robot around would be better than no company … Continue reading

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Reflections on gratitude

“Use the supports available to you.” This quote came from my instructor in a movement class called Feldenkrais.  The supports she was referring to included the ground, our hips, our shoulders and other body parts that help us roll over, … Continue reading

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Quilts: links to art and family

You can see the shapes of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and the colors of Franz Marc in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s African American Quilt Show, “Bold Expressions.” The quilts on the museum walls are predominately from the American South … Continue reading

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Have you found your tribe?

Everyone who has set a personal or professional goal needs a tribe.  “Tribe” as it’s used these days refers to a group of people who are connected, have a leader, are passionate about a common cause or idea, and use specific … Continue reading

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Milestones in our lives

Today we’re celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary and we forgot to make plans. I turned to the internet for guidance. The ruby is the gemstone for the fortieth and the nasturtium is the flower. Unfortunately, my nasturtiums are a month away … Continue reading

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Not a Hallmark mother

“Mother” is a word that conjures up — at least in the minds of purchasers of cards from Hallmark — a collective image of a full-time nurturer, always loving, supportive, interested in everything her children do and say, always patient. She … Continue reading

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Enjoy friends and life while you can

This has been a week of bad news. One friend reported that her brother had a massive stroke, will need long-term intensive care and no longer recognizes members of his family. The son of another friend sent an announcement that … Continue reading

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The “sounds” of music

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.*Matsuo Basho Last night we ushered out 2011 and welcomed 2012 in grand style. “Sound”  tied both experiences together. Expressing gratitude for the causes and conditions … Continue reading

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Worst gifts ever?

An article I read on gift-giving and gratitude reminded me of a funny story I heard this year. I’ll keep it short, since I suspect few people who celebrate Christmas have time to read emails and blog posts on December … Continue reading

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Mrs. Scrooge goes shopping

Yesterday marked the beginning of the official holiday shopping season. Selecting gifts for others is high on my list of activities that stress the body and challenge the intellect. How do I know what anyone else wants and needs unless … Continue reading

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