Category Archives: Challenges

Friends For Life

I just read an article about a woman with MS who promised they would continue coming to see her, and they did, for twenty-one years and counting. What a remarkable testament to the stricken women and he tremendous friends. Some … Continue reading

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An Interesting Day

Today was the beginning of the two-day Loma Prieta Holiday Crafts Faire in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.  It’s the first time I’ve been there. The day started a bit rough. When I got to my space at the event it … Continue reading

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Tiny Homes are Making A Big Difference

Tiny Homes Are Making a Big Difference I’ve been a long-time supporter of the tiny homes movement, especially when it leads to greater self-sufficiency for those with low incomes, and all the benefits for them and for society of home … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Trees

I love cherries. My Beloved bought and planted two cherry trees for me. One is healthy, growing fast, and had a big first crop of cherries this year. The second tree is tiny. Shortly after it was planted it partially … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You…

…they are bright and beautiful blessings. This is another scene from my outdoor office. The lemons remind me that setbacks can be tart and bitter, but when combined with self-reflection and gratitude can become an exquisite nectar of growth, wisdom, and … Continue reading

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Never a Dull Moment (Day Two)

A rodent got into a wall of our tiny old home and died shortly before our visitors arrived.  The stink is most unpleasant in our guest’s bedroom, our bathroom, and the bedroom where my Beloved and I sleep. The drain of … Continue reading

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My “Bad Days” are mostly Amazingly Good

My days are filled with blessings. Every day. I’m usually wise enough to notice and be grateful for many of the blessings. Sometimes, however, I focus on one or more things that didn’t meet my expectations and I call it … Continue reading

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