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Sunday, January 21, 2018

sunday reflection

Women are head strong and determined.  When we put our minds to it, we get to it and things get done…pronto! As we continue pressing forward, we must keep in mind that the answers to the issues that affect women (and men) are not just black and white. It is only with informed thought and the individual and collective actions we take as a result of what we think, combined with strength, courage, tenacity, and bringing to the table voices from all races, genders, socio-economic classes, religions, professions, and those with differing opinions that will bring about change for all. The time truly is now, so…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

sunday gratitude

I’ve said many times that I do not make New Year’s resolutions and this year was no exception. However, my entire being told me that I needed some adjustments after a stressful end of the year and some well felt bumps from earlier in 2017 still bruising my bum. Though I never failed to spend quiet time each morning, somewhere along the passing days, my practice began to slip perhaps because my creative self kept pulling me to the table to work on collages; on the days when it did not, I found myself sleeping later than normal. Whether or not I care to admit it, I must confess that I believe I had slipped into a mild depression for awhile.

So…rather than resolutions, I will say that I decided to open myself to new opportunities, new light, new energy. I am savoring longer prayer, meditation and mindfulness time each morning, enjoying bedtime books and lattes. One morning, I found myself expanding my silent prayer, speaking words of gratitude for… the light of dawn in my eyes, the thoughts waking up in my mind, the music of morning whispering in my ears, the movement of rested limbs unfolding, the warm soft feel of down comforting my bare skin, the taste of sleep on my tongue, the scent of bedroom air tickling my nostrils, the feeling of love in my beating heart and as always, first and foremost the first breath I am given signaling that a new day of my life has begun. 

Great things are coming my way as I fearlessly pursuit what ignites my soul and I’m ready 2018 so…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

sunday share

Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before. - Dalai Lama

This message popped up in one of my readings a few days before the end of 2017. As I read the words that morning, I felt a tinge of sadness knowing that for the first time in several years, I had not really traveled anywhere.  In the next moment, my focus shifted. I picked up my journal and began to compose a list of the things I had done, the places I had gone, be they big or small. Silly things like mastering a fabulous selfie and swinging on a swing down at the new waterfront wharf to proud ones like completing 10 collaged images that speak to women’s issues and the book of nostalgic photographs I created as a gift for my Dad on Father’s Day. My list quickly filled the page and as I paused to review, out of nowhere came a note about celebrating a milestone birthday in good health. That one thing brought me to my knees, then lifted me. You see, I’d been struggling with starting a new decade of life since October. The thought of just how wonderful it was/is to be healthy, well and alive acknowledged on paper, scribed by my own hand was a revelation that told me I had reached a turning point.   

I shared my reflections with a few friends; one immediately responded by writing that whatever we achieve takes us somewhere we’ve never been…my point exactly.

May you go lots of somewheres in 2018, tickets optional, and wherever you go, remember to...

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

twenty eighteen

two thousand one eight
let us hope will be great
as we wonder just what lies ahead
without dwelling we must
not forget all the fuss
of what did occur this past year.

may we build without fear
allegiance to what’s dear
to so many though perhaps not to all
some respect, coexistence
restore dignity without distance
between folks who, deep down, know what’s right.

cities everywhere now fight,
to keep alive human light
and maintain an overall sense of safe living
so we can move about 
with our days but without 
less worry, a chance for forgiving.

two thousand eighteen
must ring in with a dream
that no matter the past we can change
don’t give up, ’cause we know
with persistent patience we grow…
t’is the thing that keeps hope alive! ©tsl

Be lifted in the New Year and as always…

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

merry happy

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

sunday musing

As I stood this morning in my candlelight shower, I lingered under the warm water that drenched me from head to toe. I suddenly realized...the more worry I’m carrying in my head, the longer I spend in the cocoon trying to figure out what is bothering me so much that I don’t want to turn off the water, wrap myself in my big white towel and step back into life.

While I will refrain from unburdening today's thoughts from the shower on this page, I will say that this is the time of year when joy and good tidings are what many hope to celebrate. I also know that for others, including myself this year, it is hard to do so. 

As I emerged from the shower today, I was thankful for the 30 minute escape. I found joy in feeling clean and refreshed, in the spark of energy that I believe will lead me to some sort of creative time as my day unfolds. Both the shower or a bath and creativity are outlets that allow me to work through whatever is happening around and to me. May you discover yours this holiday season as you…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017


There seems to be an invisible cloud of something with so many nouns and adjectives attached to it that it's hard to define a specific sentiment to what is hovering in the air. Couple that with whatever might be happening in our own personal lives, which made me wonder how much joy it will take to bust through the darkness. 

I walked out the door yesterday into tiny kisses that promised the first snow; I left my acupuncture appointment and was met with a definitive hug from a blanket of big cool flakes covering my black wool pom pom hat, pouf jacket, leggings and UGG boots. The colorful scarf wrapped around my neck held back the dots of disappearing white though I didn’t at all mind them penetrating through to my skin. As I walked to the car, I felt a bit dizzy, like something good was washing over me, washing the cloud away for the day.

The first snow is my kind of happy carrying me far above the maddening cloud. We all need a lift. You will find yours if you…
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