Category Archives: My Story

Vulnerable and scared . . . and okay.

My life as I knew it ended Thursday, March 24th, about 1pm. At that moment, by mistake (and how it happened is irrelevant now), I gave total access to my computer to a hacker from another country. I have spent … Continue reading

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Being Bored is a Luxury Not Afforded Everyone

Each morning when I first awaken, I ask myself the same question: What shall I make of this day? I’ve entered the minefield of Elderhood, and it’s as jarring as puberty was. After the shock and insult of puberty, we … Continue reading

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“But in the meantime…”

I love that word, it describes a period of time that defies definition! Here’s what Merriam-Webster says: Meantime: 1 : during the time before something happens or before a specified period ends The new computers won’t arrive until next week, but we … Continue reading

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Learning how to slog, again

If this post sounds familiar, that’s good! It was originally published on July 15th, 2021 and soon after, I got cold feet. I mean, really cold feet. Cold enough for me to sign up for an eight-week online art course … Continue reading

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The Superpower of Now-and-Next

I recently returned from a four-day vacation to the coast of Maine, and realized that on vacation, it’s easy to slip into a different relationship with Time. At work, your Time is all tied up with other people’s Time. Time … Continue reading

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Brickwork of Concord

Do you ever stop to think about all the brickwork in your world? It’s everywhere, and yet almost invisible. Interesting facts: A standard red brick in the United States is 3.625 inches deep by 2.25 inches high by 8 inches … Continue reading

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Your dent may be your gift

Okay, I’m outing myself. I’m two weeks post-op from a surgery that didn’t deliver the outcome the surgeon planned, but also didn’t go as bad as it might have. Why am I sharing that here, though? “Where words and watercolor … Continue reading

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A piece of unexpected art equipment

If you’re like me and you haven’t totally divorced yourself from Amazon, you probably have received more than one piece of blue-and-white bubble wrap packaging from them. That packaging may be hard to recycle, but it’s dead simple to repurpose. … Continue reading

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Recent Travels with My Tribe

Part 2: I learned a great deal from my past three Summer School courses. I barely recognize the woman I was in 2017, the woman who struggled to answer the question: “If expense were not an issue and you had … Continue reading

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For God’s Sake, Get a Tribe!

It’s that time of year again, when a few friends and I spend four weeks planning out our dreams and goals for the upcoming year, and of course in order to do this, we begin by looking back on the … Continue reading

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