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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.

Keep Safe and Keep Walking

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Community, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Random | 1 comment

Keep Safe and Keep Walking

Besides wanting to fight off the extra pounds that will be attempting to attach themselves to my butt during this plague season, the reason that I exercise regularly is so that I can sleep harder and better. It’s good to alleviate stress and get me away from my family who is getting on my nerves and, Yes, I know it’s good for my heart and essentially will allow me to live longer to see my kids grow up. But I hate not sleeping well. It’s a waste of downtime. But with the recent restrictions piling up about keeping distance...

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Family Time and the Coronacation

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Family, Homebody | 1 comment

Family Time and the Coronacation

In many ways, this forced isolation has expanded my heart. The persistent time spent with my family, and they with each other, has changed us. Where before we were all living our own busy lives, suddenly we are living together. And seeing each other in a deeper way. We are building trust funds between one another. There have been a few more “I love you’s” than usual. One of my most concerted goals with creating a family, has to been to consciously create a closeness between my kids. To foster their connection that will be more important...

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First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

As I explained thoroughly in this post, A Creativity Challenge For March 2020, I’ve hosted month long creative challenges before but it’s been a while. And this time, I was asked to provide some prompts for the writers and poets to use. But mostly, I just encouraged people to join in with whatever they were creating that day. And this is what I posted today to reinforce my intentions for this challenge: “I urge you, remind you to honor yourself as one of those things of beauty each day of this month of March. Recognize your gifts...

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A Guest Blog Post on Self-Bullying for Attract Readers.com’s International Women’s Day Roundup

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Blogging Along, Community, Daily Shalagh, Writing Life | 2 comments

A Guest Blog Post on Self-Bullying for Attract Readers.com’s International Women’s Day Roundup

I have had the privilege of “meeting” and conversing with many lovely people online, two of which have a blog called Attract Readers. Jean Wolfe and Ute Wieczorek-King both have impressive backgrounds in writing, marketing, and business training/mentoring and the purpose of their blog is to simply help bloggers get read. Bloggers understand how this may be harder than it seems and we respect the efforts of each other in making our readership grow. Attract Readers, in honor of International Women’s Day, asked for people to write and...

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Monday Gratitude Journal Post

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Ahas, Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Random | 2 comments

Monday Gratitude Journal Post

I feel so fortunate this week. Let me name you the reasons why. My blog is on it’s way to being a big girl’s site. Read about how I was feeling in February. I created beautiful pictures that I am proud of and are so ME to use in the redesign. I wrote and edited the heck out of a piece for International Women’s Day on self-bullying that was the best I could write. It’ll be published on another site to link back to me! That’s what bloggers do, you see. My anxiety is at bay. No more swirling vortex episodes in over...

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A Creativity Challenge For March ’20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

A Creativity Challenge For March ’20

I began my creative RE-awakening in October of 2015 when I joined a group online for a “Creativity Bootcamp” Challenge. I had become aware that my inner creative, aka inner child, was in need of some expression, or else. And what would follow was creative momentum and community that I have come to cherish. I am about to host another creativity challenge for March ’20. Using the hashtag #OurCreativeMarch on Instagram (and Facebook), we’ll share what we create every day of March. Creating is a whole lotta fun when you do it in a...

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What if My Ordinary is Your Extraordinary ?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

What if My Ordinary is Your Extraordinary ?

I joined in a creative daily picture challenge for the month of February on Instagram. It is the #SeeYourOrdinary challenge hosted by a freiend. And I have made a real effort to be here in my space and my body and to reflect those things. It’s risky and exactly what we all need to everyone once in a while. It all comes down to perspective I guess. Your weed is my flower. Your junk is my treasure. Your waste of time is my purpose in life. Taking pictures of my everyday life is revealing, dangerous. But what if my ordinary is your...

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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 at age 8, he began to play the piano. The rest is history. He took to it so fast, it was always what he’d been good at, he’d just not gotten a chance 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...

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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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