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News to Share

“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein

Hi all!

My apologies for being absent lately – but I have news to share! In early June, I accepted a new position, which means my husband, cat, and I will be moving at the end of July! Although not far compared to other folks who move cross-country or around the world, the shift several states to the east will pull us farther from family and friends than either of us have been before. So, as you might guess, June was a month of excited flurry as we both submitted resignations at our current positions, made a road-trip to find a new place to live, and began the process of saying good-bye to family and friends and favorite places.

So please forgive if I’m not around much this summer – just picture mounds of boxes and the sound of packing tape closing them up and you’ll be right here with me!

Hope you all are enjoying the summer and made it through the heat wave if your area has been hit. Our’s has, with days in the 100s, and I’m hoping it will be back to just regular summer heat soon.

Take care, and thanks for hanging in here! I’ll pop in with updates and be back in full swing in August……

Stay cool!

Polar Bear Cleveland Zoo


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Violin Song

Lynda with violin

Me, approximately age 5

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin. ~ Edmond de Goncourt

Violin Song
by Aline Murray Kilmer

The thing that I am seeking
I know I shall not find;
A wistful voice is crying
This sorrow in my mind.
I know I shall not find it
However far I go,
But I shall always seek it –
My heart has told me so.

Though I must always wander
I do not find it sweet;
There is no journey’s ending
To draw my restless feet.
There is no distant vision
To help me on my way;
I know my quest is hopeless
And yet I may not stay.

The thing that I am seeking
Should not be far to seek.
I hear this haunting echo
Through every word I speak.
So I shall always seek it
Down all the roads I go,
But I shall never find it –
My heart has told me so.

[Note: This post is #22 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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railroad tracks as a symbol of choice

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

~ Flora Whittemore

How do you decide what to do?

I’m not talking about the little things, the small choices we make moment by moment as we live our lives. I’m talking the big decisions, the life-changing (or at least what feels life-changing) ones. Not so much the this one or that one choice, but more like the should we or shouldn’t we? Will we or won’t we?

Sometimes you just know when something is the right thing to do, the right place to be, the right decision to make at the time. Equally so, I think, sometimes you know when it isn’t right, that it won’t work out.

But what happens when it’s 50/50, a toss-up? When you don’t know? What then?

Do you talk it out? Set a time and make a last-minute gut decision?

Make lists?

Flip a coin?

When it comes to the big stuff……. how do you do it?

How do you decide?

[Note: This post is #21 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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Front Row Living

Women on coaster with multiple reactions

You can choose to live your life with the joy of the front row or solemness of the third row. The choice is yours. ~ Author Unknown

I found this photo while browsing around Pinterest several weeks ago. The archivist in me loved it; it’s one of those everyday moments I wrote about yesterday, a moment captured in time. I adore the concept that these women, in what looks like their Sunday-best dresses and hats, are riding a roller coaster. I would love to know the story behind this picture.

But the expressions of the women and the perfect caption that goes with it also struck me on a personal level. It’s so true that we forget the simple joy in living, in experiencing the moments of life. I know a lot of “third-row” people, those who even in a moment of fun, simply can’t crawl out of their own shell to enjoy an experience, to find pleasure in life. And I know I have days like that, where things go wrong, or I have to do things that I don’t like or want to do, where I am not enjoying life in the moment. But I know those “third-row” moments are fleeting. Can you imagine living your life that way? I can’t. But I know some who do…….

The women in the first row are women who enjoy life, who can find the pleasure in the moment. And it is really about “finding” the pleasure. Sometimes it hides or takes some digging to uncover. But if you enjoy life, you are likely to discover pleasure where others may not. Even if it means having your slip show and dang near losing your hat.

It is a choice. In all honesty, I’m more the second-row woman in the hat with the slight smile.

So how about you — what’s your row of choice?

[Note: This post is #6 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button on the right of the page for more information.
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Monday Moments: Choices

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore

One thought for this Monday moment — I saw interviews with individuals who escaped and survived, with first-responders who assisted, and with friends and family members who lost loved ones.

But one group of people I would be interested in hearing interviews from, and I know there have to be some out there, are those who, for one reason or another, made a choice the morning of 9/11 to do something different. Maybe even just one thing, maybe even something that wasn’t a choice but something that just happened that day, that took them away from their usual routine. Just enough that they typically would have been in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or traveling on one of those planes, but ended up not doing their normal routine. And in so doing, they ended up somewhere other than where they would normally have been in those moments. They ended up surviving because of that choice, whatever and why-ever it was made. How did that change the way they look at life?

I think those interviews would be fascinating to hear.

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