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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 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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A Winter Weekend Picture Album

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Family, Midlife Motherhood, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

A Winter Weekend Picture Album

These weekends in January seem sublimely slow and filled with joy and family, candlelight and music. I scored an inexpensive replacement on Ebay for our 5 CD changer so that we can play our CDs again. And I cleaned out our games finding some spelling and math games to play with Fiona. And finally mopped the kitchen floor. And somehow we are busy with community gathering. So yummy ! Spelling games with Mum Mum On the couch in the sun Dinner at Out of the Fire with dear friends And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription...

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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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What Do You and I Expect From Shalavee in 2020

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Blogging Along, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 2 comments

What Do You and I Expect From Shalavee in 2020

I’ve been keeping this on the down low but there’s really no going back so I might as well share it with you. The blog is actually (for reals) getting revamped. And I can not tell you how stuck and petrified I am. See at 53, I am no longer eager and naive. I have been writing this blog for near 8 years and still have never had a new format or a bunch of readers. All I needed was just to have a place where I could practice writing and publish my thoughts several times a week. An online journal, as it were, where others could be...

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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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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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A Little Post Christmas Blues

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

A Little Post Christmas Blues

Yesterday, began the first full week back to school after the winter holidays. And I was feeling a sudden bout of post-holiday-partum. We celebrated a beautiful holiday with surplus time spent with family eating sumptuous food. I coordinated the event to end all events, because we are all event planners at Christmas. And now I have to strip it all apart. Dismantle the happiness. And then I have to re-purpose myself. Ack! To find some inspiration, I began to poke around Instagram, clicking on hashtags in curiosity. And I fell upon a woman...

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