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Blog-cation

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Happy Memorial Day.  I hope you’re enjoying the end of your long weekend.

As a little reward to myself for blogging through my first trimester (when I really could have used the break) I’m taking a couple of weeks off from blogging.  I’ll be back in mid-June feeling refreshed and full of interesting thoughts.

See you back here soon!

Westward Ho!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Happy Friday!  I am winging my way westward today to visit my sister and her tiny, sweet baby.  This means that last night, when I usually would have been blogging my little heart out, I was scampering around doing laundry, packing, snuggling IEP, and various other planning-related things.  I will be back on Monday with something worthwhile to say, but for the moment all that comes to mind is baby talk, which I’m sure only interests my new niece.  So I’ll spare you all my goo-goos and ga-gas and come back when I can use my real words!

Have a wonderful weekend.

A Day Off

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It was a full weekend for us.  Dear friends came into town for a long weekend visit.  Our time together was filled with lots of laughter, toddlers, and food, but very little sleep.  And very little time for blogging.  So I’m taking today off, and will be back on Wednesday.  I hope you had a lovely weekend yourself, and that your week is off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

Not Fun

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

You know what’s fun?  Watching the sun set over the Manhattan Beach pier, eating a lovely dinner at a groovy Mexican joint, and then window shopping your way back to the car.

You know what’s not fun?  Getting in the car to begin your hour-plus drive up to Burbank only to realize that you feel chilled and achey, chalking it up to muscle tension from shivering in the cold night air, feeling it get worse as you snake your way through LA traffic, adding nausea to the mix, wondering if you’ll make it to the hotel in one piece at all (please pause with me to appreciate the wonder that is GPS), collapsing over the hood of your rental car the moment you pull into the parking lot, and, ahem, “losing it” in the bushes about 15 seconds later (no exaggeration there).

No, those things are not fun.

So… I’m in LA on business travel and so far it’s not quite going as planned.  So, I’m taking the less-traveled path, being laid back, and chalking today’s post up to a loss.  Provided my immune system gets back on track between now and the end of the week I will be back in action on Friday.  Thanks for understanding.

Happy Birthday, Ten Dollar Thoughts!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

A Germ

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I am a germ.  IEP was kind enough to pass his cold along to GAP, who, in turn, was kind enough to pass it along to me.  So I’m a little behind the curve this week.  My Wednesday post will either go up later today or tomorrow.  So please check back.  Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Taking Our Temperature

Monday, October 11th, 2010

According to the brief description following his byline, Thomas Moore (not the poet or the saint), “has been a monk, a musician, a professor, a psychotherapist, an author, and a lecturer.”  My initial response to that mini-bio is to think, “Wow, someone couldn’t make up his mind, could he?”  But that is tacky and judgmental and wholly irrelevant in this case because in this article he makes some very interesting points.

How many new electronic gadgets have you purchased in the past five years?  How many pieces of artwork have you acquired during that same time?  I realize the second question feels like a non sequitur to the first.  But Moore poses this question because he believes that the latter in some way counterbalances the first; like a cultural carbon offset.  He likens technological additions to our lives to coolness – with every Kindle, iPad, or Droid we become cooler.  The problem with this, he asserts, is that we should also add things to our lives that make us warmer.  The things that Moore proposes make us warmer?  Non-technological things: artwork, music, books, and the like.    

There’s something appealing about this idea to me; the idea that as things in life make us cooler (metaphorically speaking, of course) that we should take steps to make ourselves warmer.  We should not be allowed to evolve into mechanized versions of ourselves, engaging with the world and with each other only through objects with on/off switches.  Moore writes, ”There’s nothing wrong with cool… But if cool gets in the way of warm, we individuals and the culture at large lose important values: connection, empathy, nostalgia, a strong sense of home and civility.” 

This was where I really got on board.  Connection, empathy, nostalgia, home, and civility are words that resonate with me.  If those words are a part of my life then I’m probably doing something right.  Right?  At the end of a day, or even moreso at the end of a life, these are the components of our lives that matter the most.  These are the barometers of a life well lived.

The other aspect of Moore’s cooler/warmer premise that I like is that as he explains it our coolness and warmth are not mutually exclusive.  He does not ask us to eradicate our coolness; to recycle our iPhones or Tivos and return to the existence of a pre-Alexander Graham Bell time.  He allows us our gadgets, but merely asks that as we accumulate them we even ourselves with other additions to our lives that balance them out. 

I’m not a huge gadget junkie.  And I think I probably rank higher on the warm scale than the cool scale most days.  But Moore’s ideas ring true to me, and as I add new technological gear to my life I should work to make sure that the warmer things in my life are not subsumed by the cool.

Gone Fishin’

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Well, not really.  I don’t fish.  But I spent the weekend trying to ward off a cold while also catching up around the house from having been out of town last week.  So I’m taking today off from blogging, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with something especially thought-provoking.  Happy Monday!