10 Seconds to Zen (post 5)

Rhapsodomancy (in honor of National Poetry Month) Go. Go now to your bookshelf (do you have one in your home or office? I sure hope so.).  Quickly glance at your books of poetry or literature, and pick the first one you find (no more than 5 seconds) Close your eyes (6).  Open the book to…

10 Seconds to Zen (post 3)

Have you heard of Forest Bathing?  Nope?  Neither had I until recently.  It’s a Japanese thing that is becoming a phenomenon in the states (probably urban areas).  It is basically what it sounds like.  Walking through a forest and letting it bathe you in sensations.  Humans are a part of the world, and we need…

10 Seconds to Zen (post 2):

Peace in an ordinary world Take a long slow inhale counting to four as you breathe in, stop. Now hold it for a count of three at the top, and then slowly let it out– three, two, one. Done. It has been ten seconds, check and see if you have slightly more head space. In…

10 Seconds to Zen…

Peace finds us if we prepare the way for it. Peace, or a sense of calm/Zen had always eluded me as a child and younger adult. I used to think finding it was going to be outside my skill set– reserved for the wiser, more patient folks. I always had hope though– and that may…

Third Time is the Charm! 

  Our summer has been about adventures at home and locally. Swimming at friends’ or family’s homes, having (almost nightly) water balloon fights/competitions, playing (video) games at home and Dave and Buster’s – it has been a blast so far! On one of the really hot, record busting, days last week, I decided I was…

To Light the Way…

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to all in this celebration of light in the time of darkness. No matter where or from whom the message comes, this is the moment to savor and be grateful for the light.  I am native to Southern California and we are drenched in so much sunlight, we can often…

Summer Reading 2015, Part 2 (A Moveable Feast)

The Reading Nook Have book will travel.  This is the summer of moving. We moved in June (literally the day after the last day of school) from our home of 11 years to a friend’s home for 7 weeks, and next week we will be moving to a new place that we will live in…

Summer of Reading (2014)

Here it is folks, the annual “what I am reading” post.  It is a summer of reading to be sure, and I am always excited to figure out what I am most in the mood for.  I am habitual like most of us humans, so I have a pattern to my reading habits.  As soon…

2013 in review (not a productive year in words…)

See you in 2014…we will see what happens in the next 12 months! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take…

Big Poetry Giveaway News!

Thanks for playing with me during the month of April (National Poetry Month!) 🙂   I so enjoy sharing books of poetry.  Now onto the winners!  I selected the winners by dropping the names into Random.org’s list randomizer.  I randomized twice to come up with the following winners: 1) Alexandra: Autobiography of Red 2) Allyson: Blue…