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a toast to this season

Susan Licht offered the most perfect excerpt on her blog from a John O’Donohue poem and I am, in turn, sharing it here with you also. May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention. … May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. […]

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stains your mouth with morning

Strong Coffee by Anne Higgins Strong coffee smells like a current of warm southerly air in the climate of dawn. Strong coffee gets stronger when poured back through the grounds. Opaque, thick, hot, bitter for waking up, the caffeine pumps through your center, stains your mouth with morning, with going to work, surprises you with […]

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gratitude and observances

I love morning light, stormy skies, damp fog, wandering shadows, the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, squishy yarn, simple things in life, time shared with friends, the dog on my feet, handmade gifts, and spending time with my son and granddaughters. If you’re a fan of Mary Oliver, you may have already […]

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She raised me up

I tend to view this blog like my virtual living room, and am so grateful when it appears that’s how you think of it too. Get comfy, I’ll burn a candle and light the fireplace. My mother has been in my thoughts more than usual so I thought I’d talk about her here. She had a beautiful […]

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hygge

If you haven’t heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga,” or “hue-ga”), let’s find out what it means. According to Danish tourism, “‘hygge’ actually comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being.” It first appeared in Danish writing in the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since!” In essence, hygge means creating a warm […]

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A potpourri: storms to northern lights

We’ve had storms. On Wednesday I wrote: The storm is a spectator sport with roller derby waves, trees doing the rhumba, rain falling like waving racetrack flags, and winds sounding like angry fans. After my piano lesson I had a blast out on the stormy beach. Heidi needed a good run so I bundled up, took her […]

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