Category Archives: Spirit

Deep into Deep Summer

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. –Sam Keen    I’m enjoying a few more days of lazy summer fun until the last child heads back to college. Hope you’re spending time with people you love as well.  More soon!

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A Most Interesting Pie

About this pie.  It’s made from this recipe in response to an offhand remark from my son-in-law Dan that “everybody likes a good strawberry-rhubarb pie, don’t they?”   Apparently, a good number of people do, as 6,366 people have paused to look at this pie photo so far today on Flickr. I’d shared the photo in [...]

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Alonzo King on Creativity

I’m always interested in how successful artists create their work.  A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to hear four different “creators” talk about how they do what they do at a discussion on the “Structure, Art and Expression of the Creative Process” at the innovative San Francisco showroom Coup d’Etat. Panelists included designer [...]

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Friday Things: The Summer Travel Edition

Offroading in the Idaho desert

Every time I return from a trip I think “I’ve got to find a way to do this more often.” Not because my everyday life is so tedious, but because traveling helps me make the most of my day-to-day world.  I always return more focused on what I want to do and less burdened by [...]

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Happy 4th!

4th of July cookies

Happy Independence Day!  How are you celebrating the 4th? We’re searching the unpacked storeroom for our flag, assembling a new grill to replace the old Weber that got crunched in the move and catching up on The Americans (so good but intense!). Tonight, barring too much fog, we’ll see if our new hilltop location affords [...]

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Friday Things: Bringing Back Our Girls for Mother’s Day

LDS students at Harvard Law School 2014

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapping story makes me want to weep.  How can pockets of the world continue to resist efforts to educate women? Aren’t the men of Boko Haram (translated “Western education is a sin”) also fathers, brothers, husbands and sons? Would they enslave their own mothers, sisters, wives and daughters? I grieve for the parents [...]

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Happy Easter!

Columbine - Oakland, CA  4.14

As I shed things I no longer need in anticipation of our move, I’m relishing the signs of rebirth that happen every spring.  When I need to take a break from digging into dark corners, bundling up clothes that don’t work for me anymore or books I’ve already read, I make my way to the [...]

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Blood Moon. Not.

Full moon 4/14/2014 - Oakland, CA

Last night we stayed up late and watched the moon disappear before our eyes.  Initially we were going to drive out of the canyon for a better view, but as we headed towards the car we looked up through the telephone wires and realized that the moon was right above us and perfectly visible.  So [...]

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Friday Things: The Snail Edition

Snail as hitchhiker

On my way to meet a walking buddy this morning I noticed an unexpected hitchhiker on my car hood.  A good sized snail was stuck mid-slime trail on the other side of the windshield. I’d missed it in the early morning fog, otherwise I would have flicked it to safety before I took off. As [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Valentine’s Day Edition

Road Jam outside Tarma, Peru

Happy Valentine’s Day!   A few weeks ago I was stuck on a muddy road outside Tarma, Peru waiting over an hour for construction to clear. Was I frustrated? Of course. But after awhile I stopped fussing about getting to our destination and started focusing on the  unexpected beauty around me.  I saw a good [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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