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Daily Shalagh is otherwise known as everything I think and say and do. Or another home page.

Honestly, Dusting Was Never My Thing and other Truths I’ve Discovered

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 1 comment

Honestly, Dusting Was Never My Thing and other Truths I’ve Discovered

There is much to be discovered about yourself when you strip everything away. This Coronacation was a perfect opportunity for learning about me. I am always interested in what I really am made of, what I like, and what I don’t truly care about. I love cooking but only when it’s not mandatory. Forced cooking creativity doesn’t hold the glamour for me. My husband and I don’t have much of a life separate from our kids except to go out to eat. I think that may change in less than five years but it is that way now. My house...

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A Family Pandemic Status Update

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood | 0 comments

A Family Pandemic Status Update

So much has happened over the last three months. Frightened and confused into submission to stay safe and be good citizens, we found ways to entertain ourselves. We played Uno until Fiona wanted to cry every time she lost. We had Room day and a date night in the garage. We’ve had lovely walks in the woods. We ate meal after meal together.   Fiona began playing the piano, climbing tress, and learned how to ride her bike. And like every other kid that had never been home schooled, she gave me grief every time she needed to do homework. We...

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The Emperor’s New Couch

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in Homebody, Silly I Tell You | 0 comments

The Emperor’s New Couch

I had finally found “the couch”. Our TV room couch, aka Parlor couch, is a slip-covered mess. When I got it in the 90’s back in Baltimore, it reeked of smoke and was covered in a blue gray 80’s fabric. The only thing different now is that we’ve gone through several slipcovers and the smoke has been replaced with farts. But it’s gargantuan and fits all of us on it for a movie. And if you stuff a pillow behind you, your back won’t hurt as much. But in the back of my mind, I’ve been cheating on the couch with...

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Inspired by Maria Shriver’s Sunday Newsletter

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 1 comment

Inspired by Maria Shriver’s Sunday Newsletter

I love the inspiration of the online world. The ability to pick how and who you want to be stimulated, inspired, and changed by is under-celebrated. To have the choice to gravitate towards like minds and turn it back inwards when you’ve heard what you needed, that’s an amazing opportunity. I have been inspired by Maria Shriver’s Sunday newsletter during this lockdown period and yesterday’s edition had me thinking per usual. Maria was out walking with her friend Simon and someone she met posed the question, what three...

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Resistance/Horror vs. Acceptance/Change

Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Resistance/Horror vs. Acceptance/Change

This Corona Virus pandemic took we normal people for a ride we didn’t see coming.  Surely it was an inevitability to the scientists who understand these things, but to the rest of us, this felt like another broadcast of the War of the Worlds. And we met the onslaught of information and commands with resistance and horror. We all get that feeling that it won’t be us, we hate to not be in control, and we are such creatures of habit that the grief of this change was ridiculously hard on us. Not to mention, the source that was giving...

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Safe for Just Five Things

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Random, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Safe for Just Five Things

Another word for my Just Five Things course, Safe. These are my first five immediate thoughts on this word. As a woman, my first struggle with safety is always from not holding back from saying and being who I really am. I have had stones thrown at me when I expressed theories and truths deemed unacceptable. People regard me in silent horror as I say what I think. I am kind but I’m not nice. That is unsafe. Safe from sickness? Someone in my family contracted the Covid-19 virus and they were through it and well before they knew as the ...

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Just Five Things

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Just Five Things

I have joined a week long exercise in mindfulness and community expansion this week. Created and run by Michelle GD, The Just Five Things Course is asking me to pause three times a day and list five things based on the prompt word of the day. I must admit that “Gratitude” was a hard prompt for me to be inspired by yesterday. However, what came to my attention is that maybe I truly need way more intentional time carved out for myself for my well being. My boundaries are a little wobbly sometimes. Today is Home and I wanted to share...

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Listless

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Listless

Last week was like a test week for me, not that all the weeks haven’t tested me but it felt most certainly that way. I’ve just been unable to get enough separate time and that starts to eat away at my personality. I was feeling wobbly and sad last week. We had moment after moment of upset with the kids and I began to leak hope. And then a woman on Instagram wrote that she now understood what the word “Listless” meant. I am without focus for myself. I have been so bust throughout this “crisis” making sure everyone else has been OK...

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Are You in Feeling or Dealing Mode?

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

Are You in Feeling or Dealing Mode?

Where I was a dealer and not the feeler in the beginning of this lockdown, now no amount of cooking, cleaning, or wine is making this quarantine better for me. I was writing to do lists for a while. But even that is not bestowing me any sense of normality. I’m carrying my pain, my children’s pain, and concern for our mothers’ health. And all I really want to do is just spend a week alone. I make sure I get a walk in everyday. I do laundry and grocery shopping twice every week. I cook 75% of our meals. I do a collage every...

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My Supermom Cape is Getting Threadbare

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

My Supermom Cape is Getting Threadbare

My supermom cape is beginning to feel a little threadbare. I have said from he beginning that having one child at home feels like three. So I’m feeling like I have 6 kids. And as dear as they would be to you when you met them, they are equally as torturous to me. Small people need to perpetually test their own power, importance, and lovability. They learn their confidence and self-doubt from their parents. In this case, Fiona is going after me to have her doubts assuaged. And that looks like not doing what she’s told, having fits,...

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