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Tips & Tricks

Writing Routine

I liked Manya Whitaker’s piece on How to Find a Writing Routine That Works. I think the relationship of stress to the situation: Your emotional state has a direct effect on brain functioning and the corresponding relationship to marking the end of your intellectual work for the day.

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Rememberall

Good News

They donโ€™t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

โ€“ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Fitness

Challenges

I am challenged by not moving as much inside a smaller space. Exacerbated by inclement weather. So I have begun going up and down external stairs to my new home for exercise.

I am challenged by not having as much non-traditional movement during the day, bending and flexing. So I have begun squats and playing with my foam soccer balls (from IKEA).

Why is it important? Meditation practices have taught me that activating physical body parts and thinking about them is a great way of calming the thinking mind and being mindful about being in the space. So I think of that, take my quick break, and get back to it.

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Maker

Harry Potter Bookshelf Insert

Love the project and the maker, inspiring attitude

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Tips & Tricks

Recommended TED Talk

I watched this one, which was languishing on my my “Read It Later” list. I can only assume it appeared when I needed to hear it most, could integrate it into my being the most. It may not be flashy, but damn, it is solid!

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Outdoors

Tidbit: Subpar Parks

Tidbits are just small little things that I run across. Today, Day #11 of Social Distancing is supposed to also bring us other restrictions and be called something new. In addition to everything else, the State Parks are closing today.

This site: Subpar Parks, reminds me of an old NPR broadcast of CarTalk where an 11 or 12 year old wrote in and complained that the show was horrible ๐Ÿ™‚ I will have to find that and re-listen to it, the letter was priceless, for now, realize that a lot of what you see in life depends on your perspective and enjoy the humor in Subpar Parks.

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Rememberall

Sawubona

http://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/interviews/sawubona

Youth worker and community leader Orland Bishop explains the meaning of the Zulu greeting Sawubona (“We see you”) as an invitation to a deep witnessing and presence. This greeting forms an agreement to affirm and investigate the mutual potential and obligation that is present in a given moment. At its deepest level, Orland explains, this “seeing” is essential to human freedom.