A WISE TEACHER ONCE TOLD ME....

A WISE TEACHER ONCE TOLD ME... DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU ARE BEING TOSSED AROUND EMOTIONALLY?  LIKE A EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER?   DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GOING THRU TORNADOS,? HURRICANES? WINDS? RAINSTORMS? THUNDERSTORMS? AS A RESULT ARE YOU FEELING SADNESS? DESPAIR? ANGUISH? OR LOSS? STOP FOR A MOMENT AND LOOK AROUND AND CONCENTRATE ON HEARING AND SEEING THE WORLD AROUND YOU.  ARE YOU FINALLY SEEING SMALL GLIMPSES  OF HOPE? ...more

Hole in My Heart

Words fail at the sudden and quite unexpected loss of our beloved 8-year-old Brittany Spaniel yesterday due to a ruptured abdominal tumor. So I give you the eloquence of my teenage daughter instead:Got into the trash almost everyday? Check. Constantly taking shoes? Check. Jumped the fence? Check. Barked at everyone who walked by? Check. Ate my favorite necklace? Check. The list could go on. Sound familiar? He was a Marley and Me kind of dog...but better. Because he was my dog. He was meant for my family. Love you, high maintenance dog. You will be missed....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” Motivated by Knowledge for Financial Change 1-19-12

Impatience and drive may have motivated you in the right direction!You are in the right place at the right time today and you fare much better financially.Opposing Energies: Impatience, carelessness, greedIt’s all about what you know, and how you use that knowledge to change your current financial position.Wide Awake Words™ for today: loyalty, rewards, returns, perseverance...more

More on cancer grief: letting go, being in the "flow"

I can't begin to describe how amazing my life has become in such a short time. The death of my brother, while hard, has lead to incredible things manifesting in my life. Truth be told, I forgot to mention in my last post that I felt a lot of loneliness this last week. It was that familiar old "woe is me" despair from the last two years. I'd often feel it after returning from a visit with my mom or my brother.  It was me trying to fill a "god-sized hole" with another person, to take the emptiness & loss away. ...more

So glad it helped you, Katy! Thanks for the Tripping site, too. It looks really great. Another ...more

Serendipity & the Butcher, or Why I Love New York: Aroma Cucina

A great NuYawk story, ending with a magnificent seared steak, and washed down with a 1991 Pommard (Domaine Coste-Caumartin).  Exquisite! http://aromacucina.typepad.com/aroma_cucina/2011/03/serendipity-the-butcher-or-why-i-love-ny.html http://bit.ly/dShWRN...more

Chance or No Chance?

I was chagrined to read this fall that what had passed for astounding coincidence in my life had really been some game theory model that mathematically predicted seemingly chance meetings and the often delightful discovery of connections that were likely to ensue. Full disclosure: I was more than chagrined; I was downright devastated. And why not? I had built my life around serendipity. Never contriving it, of course, just relishing its element of surprise to the fullest....more

Sometimes you end up in coffee shops...

Today I packed up D to take him with me to get my blood drawn, vials and vials worth.  If you know me at all then you know how earth shatteringly terrified I am of having my blood drawn.  Seriously, i'd rather take a bath with a jellyfish.   So we arrive at the lab and I realize that I've eaten nothing yet today and I  don't want to pass out with toddler in tow.  I spotted a Starbucks about 6 shops down so we went over to get something to put in my body before the lab lady made a large withdrawal. ...more

The joy of surf: link--tripping and unplanned discovery

Conventional wisdom is that the internet works best when people need "narrow, just-in-time learning" (Jakob Nielsen); several usability and eyetrack studies show that most of our time online is "purpose-driven" and spent impatiently scanning content in "ruthless pursuit of actionable content." While that's true, it's not always true. In my 17 years online, I've come to believe that you can really glimpse what the internet is and what it is capable of only when you're finding knowledge you're not necessarily in search of discovering something you never knew existed learning something that you had no idea you might want to know. If search engines, directories and the semantic web are attempts to tame, or at least quantify, the spontaneous spurts and spurs of web growth, the social web is an acknowledgement that some of the web's best and most pleasurable uses stem from accidental, tangential, atypical and ultimately uncontrollable connections among people. About half of the coolest things I find online these days come to me not in emails or on websites but in 140 character tweets from people I follow on twitter. Here's an example: ...more
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