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[Almost] Back to school

It’s the last week of summer break and my mind is in school prep mode. Somehow life or the kids or terrible fate roped us into another year of homeschooling. It could be the best or the last, I’ll let you know this time next year. The kids are enthusiastically voting for another year of […]

Frugal Genes

I am frugal by nature, can probably thank dad for passing on the savings gene. Or the fear of losing something or not making it. The fear of debt which hardly anyone I know here possesses but which is still real back home at least in my dad’s generation. No one I knew had debt […]

Monday free write ramble

I know it’s going to be a good day because it’s eight and no one has come in my room to demand food or beg for a DVD. Instead I hear happy playing, the stuffed animal noises I have become so accustomed to. Sunlight pours through my window and I wonder if I have time […]

Assimilate or go home [free write ramble book review]

I have been writing 500 words nearly every day this last week, journaling to sort some things out which are not so blog worthy. During the writing challenge it would take me close to an hour to post but when I am totally free writing without stopping to think or judge myself I can crank […]

Tin whistle tutor to the rescue

I possess little musical talent. If I had a natural sense of rhythm or tune, I am certain I would know by now. My German hometown boasts a long and famous music history, including J.S. Bach buried in one of the cathedrals not far from where I was born. My mother quit cello and flute […]

Tiny Goals

Hi Friends! I am back…sooner than I thought. After the writing challenge I anticipated taking at least a week off in which I would accomplish whatever task has been delayed by writing more recently. But I have built a new habit and accomplishing random tasks feels less fulfilling now. Writing is centering, slows me down […]

#write31 Day 31 Celebration!

Thank you for reading along the 31 day free write challenge! I can’t believe I did it. I had been struggling to make time to write once a week when impulsively agreeing to write every day. It’s been easier than I thought although I am looking forward to a little writing break. In the last […]

#write31 Day 30 Hedgehog Love

Day 30. 8:55pm. Been coasting these last few days not expecting to hit writer’s block but here it is right before the finish line. I’ve hit the creative wall, the resistance which Steven Pressfield talks about in his insightful and rather hilarious book The war of Art. You must, must, must push through is what […]

#write31 Day 29 Connection

I used to work harder to find friends or just connect with like minded people. I used to give, give, give…initiate, entertain, lead groups, attend seminars partly hoping to create meaningful relationships. While I don’t regret all giving or pursuit of people in the past my actions did not necessarily lead to soul satisfying connections. […]

#write31 Day 28 Personality

Let’s explore personality types together. You can share your type or favorite in the comment section. Personality types are fascinating to me. Identifying your type doesn’t puts you in a box. Rather it helps you discover the box you are already in, perhaps offering you the option to get out. You are more than your […]