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Making Time...

When life gets hectic and stressful the first thing to take a back seat to that stress is my creative time. Which makes absolutely NO sense since, as we have established here before, creative time for me is probably the best stress busting, depression stopping, re-energizing activity there is available to my soul. (I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say maybe even more so than yoga.) While I have been able to sneak in a little knitting on my February Ladies Sweater(um, that I started in FEBRUARY!), I realized earlier this week that if I'm going to make it through the next 4 weeks with my sanity in tact I MUST make a little time for creative moments.

So earlier in the week I grabbed my poor neglected camera, mounted the new "play" lens I bought way back in December (Scott just shakes his head over the fact that I spent money on a lens to take pictures with my high-tech digital Rebel to get photos that look as if they were taken with a low cost plastic toy camera...but…

Somebody Pinch Me...

All over the country high school seniors and college grads are celebrating one of the many major mile stones of life. It's hard this time of year not to get a little sentimental about looking back through the years to remember what it felt like to be preparing for the next big step...the last summer living at home; the move to college, the endless possibilities that seem to lie ahead when you first hold your newly awarded college diploma. I think that diploma should come with a disclaimer that warns that while your official book learning may be over (granted there's always time and reason for more book learning IMO), the real lessons of life have just begun to expose themselves. Lessons that are often much harder to understand. Ones with no clear set of "right" answers.

Moving weekend for our family is only 4 short weeks away. I have yet to REALLY start packing. (I tend to work much more focused under a bit of pressure.) This afternoon as I enjoy a beautiful Friday af…

A Tuesday to Remember...

Because I have been blessed with lovely friends who do a much better job of being aware of current events than I, Tuesday I loaded up in a car with these ladies...


to attend this event...


We knew we were in good company when we arrived at the event venue and had to stop to allow a group of red and gold clad Buddhist Monks to cross the street. (What a surreal moment I will not soon forget.)

While the venue was set very formally, as one would expect for a major university event of this magnitude...


the Dalai Lama right away established that his talk was nothing more than a simple, casual conversation human being to human being. Not only did his warm presence pull you onto the couch next to him, his every action made you feel as if you were in the presence of an old friend...


(The bright lights of the stage were bothering his eyes, so he gladly accepted, and wore throughout the whole event, this bright purple UNI visor. It was somewhat comical, yet at the same time seemed totally appropriate.…

Fossilized...

Have you ever gone to the grocery store to buy specific ingredients and then gotten home only to discover one of those items which you KNEW you had placed in the cart was not in your bag? That happened to me a couple weeks ago with an avocado. I was a little miffed that obviously it got left on the counter after it was scanned rather than put in my bag. Avocados aren't cheap after all.

I just came in from cleaning out my car and guess what I found wedged under one of the front seats?


peace

This One's for You Aunt Carol...

Today is one of those days where I'm not sure writing a blog post is such a good idea...yet at the same time it could be just the therapy I need.

I just got home from teaching my last yoga class on the campus of Grinnell College for the year. I actually have a few classes in the gallery scheduled through the summer, but summer is different. Many of my regular students will have moved on with their lives...literally. Change...it's one of the great evils of life in a college town. Because of the college a number of amazing people find their way from all over the world to this little central Iowa town...as students, as staff, as faculty. But many of them are only here for a short while before they move on to new adventures in other places. And sometimes that just sucks. (I will miss you Amy and Doug...best of luck in Texas!)

Any hoo...I found myself unexpectedly emotional drawing this week's classes to a close. I have had a connection with the college in some form...as an emplo…