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Friday Musings: And My Heart Goes Still

Friday Musings: And My Heart Goes Still

I just finished a little book recently called Bluets by Maggie Nelson that my daughter suggested I read. It’s a collection of 240 prose poems (or what the author calls propositions) written over a three year period while she was recovering from a heartbreak. I know, I know. Perfect for me, right? 240 snippets on love and loss, my favorite subjects. It is true that I tend to gravitate towards them, but it’s not because I’m a particularly melancholy person. In fact, I think most people who know me would

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Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

I was having a talk with my little granddaughter the other day about effective communication. Keep in mind that this child is not even 3 months old, but she has such a forceful way of expressing herself that I thought it was time to have this conversation. She was in the bathtub, which is usually her happy place, but at that moment she happened to be fussing and fretting over nothing. “Nora, Nora,” I said, “that will get you nowhere. You need to articulate your feelings if you expect people to get you.

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Friday Musings: Sharpen Your Pencils

Friday Musings: Sharpen Your Pencils

Every year at this time I get the urge to buy school supplies. New pencils, impeccably sharpened, looseleaf paper, completely smooth, and a pencil case. I have a real thing for pencil cases. And then I remember that I’m not going back to school. In fact, this year I don’t even have children who are going back to school, not as students anyway. My youngest has graduated from college, and is now a teacher just like the others, and so that brings an official end to school years for me. I should be happy

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Friday Musings: Your Morning Coffee

Friday Musings: Your Morning Coffee

The other day I came across a quote by Johnny Cash in which he was asked for his description of paradise, to which he answered “This morning, with her, having coffee.” I fell in love with the quote the moment I saw it and almost immediately posted it on my Instagram. He was speaking, of course, about his wife, June Carter Cash. Something about the image of the two of them having coffee together, and the fact that he attached such significance to it, truly warmed my heart. It made me

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Friday Musings: Follow me

Friday Musings: Follow me

This Friday Musings post begins with a question: when it comes to making a choice about something, do you follow your heart or head? Do you place more faith in your intuition or in your ability to reason? I suppose some of you might answer that it depends on the decision being made. There are certain matters that are better off decided by our heads, like those related to jobs, or finances, or education. You could make that argument. And you could just as easily try to convince

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