Finding my zen

"Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" Mary Oliver One thing leads to another, and another, and another - and my quest for balance continues. It all began with my Monday morning dread. Although, perhaps "dread" is too strong a word - "apprehension", "trepidation" - maybe. It all began with my Monday morning trepidation which led to thinking about balance, which led to TED talks, which led to the ten-item wardrobe, and on to reading about…

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Finding balance

The other night, I was perusing Pinterest and stumbled upon TED Talks. Have you ever done this? For just about any topic you can imagine, there are short talks available. Exhausted from work, I spent most of an evening surfing and watching. So, when I found "Five TED Talks for when you're ready to change your life", I'm thinking - Yes please! And then, "11 Best TED Talks For When You Feel Like You're Burning Out" - hey, that's me. I continued clicking.…

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In a nutshell

March and April - Vermont style As we drive to away on Friday evenings, we pass by many homes with Christmas lights still shining. We used to think the unwritten rule was that the lights come down in April. Apparently we have that wrong - maybe it's a snow thing? I don't mind - in this dreary time of year, the lights add cheer. Chessie longingly gazes at the snowy landscape - wanting to romp in the snow. Me - I…

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March dreaming…

We're well into March - already... And while March is usually my LEAST favorite month of the year - this year, I was quite happy to kick February to the curb. Perusing my Lightroom catalogs, I found this scene from the end of December. Something about it was calling to me - I now understand why. A self-portrait: Cue the tiny violins. In all fairness, though, February wasn't really a bad month. We held our annual family "ski fest" which is…

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birds, beasts, and childhood memories

Winter at Away - bird feeders return to our deck as our not-so-friendly neighborhood bear heads up the mountain for a long nap. My favorite time - Saturday mornings; with a warm mug of coffee cupped in my hands, I watch as a birdie party takes place on my deck. I think we may be feeding the entire Green Mountain National Forest. I'm okay with that. On these mornings, I am often reminded of childhood visits to my grandparents home in…

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Learning to Pause

Winter is a busy time at Away - weekend guests and outdoor activities. And while my wrist continues to heal, I forgo the skiing and snowshoeing, choosing to putter indoors. I don't mind this quiet time to myself - and yet, I am ready for winter to end... January has resulted in a dearth of photos; with the exception of a few quick Instagram snaps on my iPhone, I have little to share. Itchy to keep on keeping on, I have…

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