Letters From Home

What Giving In Looks Like

Lorraine sleeping upright on couch with cats

The past couple of weeks have been a bit crazy. Exciting, scary, confusing, tiring and whatever else all rolled into one. Rest assured, bad was not part of the mix.   On the upside – I’ve been a guinea pig in my own observatory. Lots of fodder for obserflection. For the downside – all best…

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A Cryptogramatic Problem

Lorraine sitting in chair puzzled by a cryptogram

For a good part of the last 10 days I struggled over a cryptogram. Not unexpected though. The ones in the last grouping of the puzzle book are usually toughies. This one was driving me ever closer to the brink of peeking at the answers. My early cryptogram days flashed to mind.   Before falling…

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Poking At Bucket Lists

Lorraine holds rod prodding at a bucket with a list in it

There seems to be a fair bit of crazy-crazy happening around the world right now. I shouldn’t be surprised the Shower Thoughts topic this morning was bucket lists.   I don’t have one. Never have really. The lone item would be attending a high performance driving school. And if it never happened – meh, no…

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Dreams In The Toilet

Lorraine dreaming of toilets and what they mean

Weird dreams are pretty normal. Like last night’s foray into a new house purchase. There were six furnaces with another one or two in the basement. And the plastic accordion duct work was totally wrong. The humidifier repair guy was over-the-moon giddy over the referral commission he was going to make.   Maybe that’s why…

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Finding Focus

Person focused on to do list misses reason behind lack of focus

Hard not to find focus when it’s appearing everywhere I turn. Clearly the message was about not having any. I’ve been all over the place of late with too many irons in the fire. And a lot of those are filling time while waiting on a few key things to happen. Why bother starting something…

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Patience, My Dear

Toy train stops going in circles

This is one of those “I give” weeks. Clearly there’s something wanting to be written about patience. It’s been appearing all over as one facet or another. If there was something profound to say, for now it escapes me. There’s only so many circles to travel before throwing in the towel. Not going to happen on time. Or…

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Conflict As A Creative Force?

Four panels showing change from arguing to collaborating

While thinking about conversations last week, “creative conflict” popped back to mind. I was introduced to the idea about 10 years ago on the no longer active Global Mindshift website. It was a pre-Facebook platform offering hosted, multi-week conversations exploring different facets of evolving consciousness. They believed conversations matter and were an important part of the…

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Finding The Art Of Conversation

Listening to hear and understand is a learned skill

For the past couple of days I’ve been following a post on Facebook. Mostly watching, but also participating here and there.   It makes wonder how we humans ever survived. Being together in the same space takes a lot of work. Communicating – even tougher. Herding cats might be easier. Or running a daycare.   The post…

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Changing Expectations

Look through expectations or look at them

  We did another escape room on the weekend. This one had a whopping 14% success rate so we weren’t expecting much. Although we’ve done enough of the rooms our brains are rewiring. We have a pretty good idea of what to do or look for with a certain type of puzzle.   Only this…

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