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Gathering My Lessons

I am constantly learning from my life. Someone special to me said that I could glean a lesson even from a recipe.

Which is what I did in my post, When The Recipes Must Go.

I call them Ahas. I can also stand on a Soapbox every once in a while.

And I learn some pretty big stuff from some little people in my life. The good and the bad and

the happy and the sad. My friendships are very important to me. The past holds some wisdom yet to be learned.

And my husband’s lessons are occasionally shared by his voice here. I may repeat myself, but guaranteed,

I’ll get you to think about life just a little differently.

A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Creative Projects, Family, Little Guy Lessons, writing | 4 comments

A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

I was not surprised when my children’s artistic talents began to emerge. My son could draw pretty well and age 8, he began to play the piano. The rest is history as he took to it so fast, it was always what he’s been good at, he’d just not gotten to play yet. In addition to piano, he also plays the bass clarinet for both his high school marching band and a large local community band. And one night, he forgot to bring his instrument home from school. So while his fellow community band members were practicing, he spent the...

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Still Practicing the Art and Mystery of Housewifery

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Homebody, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Still Practicing the Art and Mystery of Housewifery

Ask me the dreaded cliched “what do I do”question and I may pause. Do you mean, how do I earn and living? Or where do I find my life’s purpose in a seemingly dull life of parenting? I’ll answer that I’m a writer because that is definitely an answer I can proudly own. But truly, more of me is that homebody and that mother and I derive tremendous pride and pleasure from that. But you might not understand that answer. Because it all sounds so trite and swell and female. I am very proud of the homebody I am. I have tremendous...

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Mid-February Catch-Up, 2020

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Mid-February Catch-Up, 2020

During the holidays, I stepped back two steps and waited and watched my life and my choices to decide what I truly wanted to do and why. I posted less and have been skipping posts because I am still in this discerning what is important and me and what isn’t. I began talking about this several weeks ago in this post. What I doing in the meantime is working on a visually and functionally updated blog. This is a very tough process. But with the help of kind designers and my therapist, I am making progress toward an outcome that feels...

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Living the Life I Saw I Wanted

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Living the Life I Saw I Wanted

After I was immersed in online communities for a long enough time, I began to see there were different ways of being and seeing. I wanted to understand what it meant to be mindful, compassionate, free from anxiety, and looking forward to my future as an artist. I wanted to see my life and my existence in these new ways because, up until then, I had not experienced or ever thought of these ideas. I have always been a learner and a searcher. And I was discovering entire communities that believed and were living these concepts. These ways of...

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Recovering Younger Parts of Me

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Midlife Motherhood, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Recovering Younger Parts of Me

Back when my therapist suggested I had different parts I needed to consider healing, I thought she was nuts. I wasn’t a schizophrenic. But then I began to understand that my inner child had been tantrumming because she wasn’t being allowed to create. And I conceded that maybe I did have different parts to me after all. And maybe me and my younger parts need to get reacquainted. I’ve been thinking a lot about these different parts of me recently and this is what I have decided. Me and my inner child are good creativity wise....

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Returning Inward After the Holidays

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Writing Life | 0 comments

Returning Inward After the Holidays

( Written days after Christmas ’19, it would seem this piece got away from me.. Yet I still feel the honor of the holiday purpose only a month gone. And I am in the process of picking up where I left off last year) This year, the holidays were filled with more gratitude and family appreciation than they’ve been prior. We spent time together being us, laughing, eating, and loving. I wove this holiday with as much intention and family time spending forethought as I could handle. I threw my alone and writing time to the side so that...

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Finding a Way to Be the Most Me I Can Be

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Finding a Way to Be the Most Me I Can Be

I’ve strayed off the path to myself. I’ve been an impostor for a long time. Maybe it began when I was a kid and I was told to be quieter and not draw attention to myself. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to writing what I feel so honestly; so that I may rediscover my truer self. But I feel like the true destination is an ease within at being me that I have yet to feel completely. Of course fear is to blame for keeping me in the dark. That “savior’ we hold in our breasts, that bestie for life. But what kind of friend...

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Setting the Record Straight About Authenticity

Posted by on Jan 17, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons, writing | 0 comments

Setting the Record Straight About Authenticity

Being authentic, honest, or forthright is still considered a crime in our modern society. It’s understood that if you tell the truth about your background, heritage, or state of mind, you are asking for trouble. You could be judged and shunned for these truths. It’s crazy-talk to be outright honest. Many African Americans “passed” as white and were glad they could. Being “dishonest” saved lives. The Irish weren’t treated any better. If only they could lose their accents. And women would use a male pen name just...

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I Refuse to Feel Ashamed

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Health and Body Wellness, Midlife Motherhood, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

I Refuse to Feel Ashamed

I spent all last year in an “unhappy with my body” place. I could not accept that I had gained back weight I had previously lost, even though I had given myself permission to eat with gleeful abandon for the Holidays prior. And so I struggled with my esteem, my exercise routine, and my eating and drinking all through the year. But mostly, I silently hated myself for no longer fitting into my clothing and having to buy a new wardrobe of leggings and over-sized shirts. This year, I chose to give myself the same permission during the...

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Mindmapping My Goals for 2020

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Mindmapping My Goals for 2020

I was feeling inevitably untethered in the first days of the New Year. I had produced an amazing heartfelt soulfulfilling holiday experience. And now it was time to pack it up and move on. I grieved for a little while and then I began to search for a way out. And what I found was a way to creatively look toward the new year: Mindmapping my upcoming year’s goals. In my previous post A Little Post Christmas Blues , I said I’d show my work. Here’s the YouTube video that inspired me to do this. Her name is Taylor, she lives in...

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