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Gift of Thrift

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As a baby boomer I am blessed to have enough savings to retire. Looking at my golden years I hope to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.  How can I leave something that adds or benefits? Regardless of the fate of we humans planting seeds for the future is my wish.   Are we in a comedy or tragedy of survival?  Now that I am on Medicare I remember barely seeing my Dad as a child. He was working overtime with Congress to legislate this and other Social Security bills.  As a young tennis player I got to travel the region. Becoming a tennis teacher in the off season I embraced preventing pollution as my salvation.  To serve in tennis is the critical and all about the toss.  Like toilet training it is imperative to get it in.  Keeping ball in the court is the key. I even played on the Capitol Hill tennis team that my Dad helped form. In 1980, I was the D.C. and national Earth Day organizer.  Six years before I wrote a high school environmental paper citing our greatest challenge was

2023 Kindness

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F or 2023 may I be kind and remember to play.   Kindness always is of benefit.  It is like gratitude--a gift that keeps giving.  Being blessed cleans up my greater mess  Yes loving friendly acts awakens me to enthusiasm Respond rather than react--Take a breath — Be a PRO - Pause, Relax and Open  Laughing is so much better than crying so may I lighten up  Kindly-become a champ not a chump  May I champion each moment with peace, love and joy  May I be gentle with myself - kindly mindful of my mindlessness KISS spells Keep It Simple Sweetheart!!!  More play, less crap & more fun - is my MAP Mindfulness at Play! Be Free- Respond with ability is being responsible So kindly may I quiet my mind and listen to my heart.  May I be of greater benefit for 2023!!

Comic or Tragic?

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As a baby boomer I am blessed to have enough savings to retire. Looking to my golden years with the acceleration of environmental decline.  Will the human race end sooner rather than later? Are we in a comedy or tragedy of survival?  Now that I am on Medicare I can vividly remember infrequently seeing my Dad in my childhood. He was working overtime with Congress to legislate this and other Social Security bills. Years ago I embrace being a comic rather than a tragic figure.  Laughing and crying are closely aligned.  As a young tennis champ I got a passport to travel and meeting supportive people. Becoming a tennis teacher in the off season I embraced preventing waste as my salvation. However I found out trying to save things is like Don Quixote attacking the windmill. Use it or lose it personifies why I am very skeptical. Does ending trumps mending? Forty-three years ago I was the D.C. area and national Earth Day organizer. Before that in high school I wrote a paper citing our great

Heart-Fullness

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When I listen to my heart it creates “Here-ness”. This is a radical way to exercise self love and virtue. There are many diverse ways for me to explore this compassionate place. When I quiet my mind, and listen to my heartbeat I cultivate this priceless experience. This is a sacred gift I give to myself. Also this portal of a higher power allows me to be of greater service. Mindfully heart-fullness is the courage to fully show up to even the most horrific life events. Exploring my deepest emotions gives me the opportunity to see how the opposites balance each other.  Joy counters sadness, love redirects anger, hope overcomes despair. Heart-fullness gives me a perspective to see both sides and proceed on right down the middle. Such appreciative inquiry lessens my judging mind.  Also I find myself being more gentle and friendly to whatver arises including my cruel inner critical  voice. EE Such observations shifts me from becoming to a being or more proactive perspective. I get out of th

The Gift of Thrift

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  We are now at 8 billion people. Everyday we can celebrate life on this fragile planet with ingenuity.  Otherwise humans will waste away. Essentially we have to downsize because our very size imperils our survival.  Less will be more if we wisely embrace the gift of thrift.  Saving not consuming benefits all. It is evident that weird weather imperils our well-being and planetary health. Already at least 4 billion people’s daily lives are threatened by climate change from heat waves, diseases, extreme weather, air pollution and starvation. Let’s embrace conservatism in all facets of our life.  Better resource management can renew dangerous waste.  New economic opportunities are bountiful if we counter our self destructive consumption.    Kindly do your part to make this world more livable and enjoy this precious resource. Preserve and conserve- celebrate everyday treating all things as sacred.  Re-design and fostering more sustainable relationships in all our affairs is a form of cele

Reflections Thanks to the Woods

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Being mindful awakens me to how mindless I am and the importance of kindness. I kindly find this self care in the trees cultivating both meanings of “present.” Being here now and the gift I find from this “hereness”. Thoreau exemplified this by stating; Direct your eye inward, and you'll find / A thousand regions in your mind / Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be / Expert in home-cosmography I interpret Thoreau as saying we can discover boundless things looking inward. I lessen my suffering and tap greater freedom with such introspection. Thoreau recognized the value of inner staycations by simple contemplation. Seeing things right at my home has been priceless for me. Travel is a matter of perspective, not location. With curiosity, an open mind and a broad horizon of free time, it's possible to travel in your own backyard. For 30 years I’ve profoundly experienced this living alone in the woods. I came 100 miles west of Washington DC to celebrate the wonders of the forest a

Wise Trees

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  Wise Trees The Lorax -“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” In the woods we return to reason and faith - Emerson   Trees have survived for over 360 million years.  Climate change is quickly accelerating our appreciation for forests.  Where I live the mighty hundred year oaks are dropping.  My four acres inhabit aspen, ash, cherry, locust, oak, hemlock, cedar, pine and other species.  Also located in my home town is Camp Roosevelt, where the first Civilian Conservation Corps camp began. Over 2 million men were employed and planted almost three billion trees revitalizing our 1930's American depression. Plants experts now document the wisdom of the woods in their interactive sharing of nutrients and interconnection.  Presently the world's forest are being decimated either by disease, fires, development and other factors.   Please refer to The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s masterpiece. This story starts with a little boy walking into an uninhabitable-looking, ashen landsca