Taking the full measure of life

Entries Tagged as 'gratitude'

A Gift

July 12th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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Tags: gratitude · locavore

Good Things

July 3rd, 2008 · 11 Comments

The curves of my legs (I’ve certainly always enjoyed the function, but appreciating the form feels good.) The meals my husband has made me while I recuperated. (It used to be that if I asked him to do anything beyond boiling water, he would get a panicky look in his eyes. These days, he can […]

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The Things We Carry

May 25th, 2008 · 19 Comments

I’ve been reflecting a bit lately on how life works.  Some people believe that everything happens for a reason.  I believe far too much in free will to swallow that angle, and I cannot bear the idea that experiences like rape, leukemia, and murder are part of some pre-ordained plan.  No. But I do believe […]

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Tags: gratitude · on the soapbox

Patterns Matter

May 22nd, 2008 · 19 Comments

Why is this such a difficult post to write? For about two days now, this screen has been up on my computer, and I have been struggling to say what I am trying to say. I guess it is because this topic is so interwoven and because it is still, in some ways, a painful […]

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Tags: gratitude · meal planning · non-scale victories · on the soapbox · Uncategorized

How much of me is for me?

March 17th, 2008 · 13 Comments

It’s a common problem among people, and it’s an especially common problem among women: in the hustle and bustle of meeting everyone’s needs, how much of me is for me? How much is there for me? How much should be for me? And what does that mean I should be doing when it is about […]

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Tags: gratitude · on the soapbox

Learning to Listen (a ‘for example’ or two from my last post)

February 7th, 2008 · 16 Comments

I haven’t talked about it a lot with many people, but I’ve been going through a lot lately . . . mostly peripherally speaking. Does that sound odd? In the last three weeks, I have had two people confide in me that they are leaving their husbands (coincidentally on the same day, actually); another friend […]

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January 27th, 2008 · 8 Comments

On the plane flying to and from our Seattle/Vancouver vacation, I worked on some of the exercises that my simplicity circle has undertaken from the book The Not-So-Big Life (by Sarah Susankah). In one of the early chapters of the book, Susankah has a long, rather exhaustive—and somewhat exhausting—list of questions about lifestyle which the […]

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Tags: gratitude · non-scale victories

Making Gradual Changes Toward Healthy Eating Habits

January 24th, 2008 · 23 Comments

It was several years ago that I first began my conversion to a healthier diet. It has been a slow process. In 2002 a typical day of my food might have looked like this: Breakfast: Slept until 20 minutes before class, skipped it. Lunch: (I’d probably feel light-headed and ravenous by the time I ate) […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · meal planning

Food & Money

January 2nd, 2008 · 16 Comments

There’s a wonderful smell of sauteeing garlic emanating from my kitchen, but I’m not in there. My husband is making dinner for us tonight, which is a previously unusual affair that will become more common. It’s part of a new plan we are trying. As many people do, Dan and I spent some time over […]

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Tags: gratitude · meal planning · on the soapbox

State of the Sally plus Still Sick Soup

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

We got home from our holiday trip yesterday–home after having no real internet access on our trip, home after a drive that stretched to two days due to traffic, home with me still lingeringly sick with the illness I had when we left. And home after eating someone else’s cooking for a week. Our hostess […]

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · gratitude · quick meals · winter