R and R and R?

Aug 8, 2020

There are so many ways to R and R. Rest and Relaxation is code for “anything but work…” But I like to add another “R” – Relax, Recreate and Recover. For some, R & R means getting away from the everyday – work, family obligations. For some this means enjoying much needed peace and quiet. […]

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I could make a very long list of people who inspire me. I am sure that you can to. Some daily, some from afar, and some all my life. If I did make an actual list, it would include of course parents, and siblings, my own children, friends, extended family, colleagues, writers, artists, people still […]

Labor of Love  Have you ever painted your house? I believe all worthwhile projects are a labor of love. We are painting our 1910 Craftsman house this summer. It had been badly neglected for years before we bought it. Neglected like humans are neglected. To the point of not knowing who she was anymore. Lost […]

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“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Y. Davis Change and Acceptance In light of the current state of the world, I have been wrestling a lot lately with my role. What is the best way to be a role model? How […]

Peace, Love, and Understanding   Like all of you, I have been experiencing the pandemic, following the protests, watching how the news is unfolding in the media and affecting our personal lives with concern, respect and care. I have reached out subtly on social media, but not powerfully, biding my time to feel out the […]

Giving our creative mind a muse is like giving it sustenance. Cindi A. Jobe We strive to cultivate our lives in ways that grow our creative endeavors and honor ourselves just as we are; encouraging our passions and creating good habits is our focus. Messy and undeniably complicated, we can struggle as we try to […]

Balance is the fine line between challenging ourselves and falling. But falling in the water is just refreshing! Cindi A. Jobe Looking for Balance How do we define it? Balance. Is this idea of lifestyle “balance” universal? Even though we would like to think it is, we have to find our individual balance in our […]

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I want to share an early experience in my life (as I remember it anyway) that illustrates the importance of nurturing our creativity and our children’s creativity from birth. Even in the simplest form, our parental, community and school support must protect and nurture creative learning and active imaginations across the school curriculum and in our homes. In this time of social distancing and online learning, it is even more important to encourage our children (and adults too) to create.

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The Art of…RAD When life challenges us, we can find ourselves inadvertently reaching back in time to what we remember as an easier place. Memories from our past appear, lurking, presumably to help us sort a present circumstance. I think of this process as a random form of therapeutic reflection. The most difficult version can […]

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Chapter #? (writing note – musings of the day…stories…thoughts…reality meets fiction…) She reached to simultaneously grab her phone and the “Frenchie” cup abruptly thrust at her sleepy face. Sitting up awkwardly, Catrina gulped the hot coffee in waves, slurping up the foam, and licking it off her sunburned lip. She snorted loudly and chuckled with […]