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Stick a Needle in My…

In choose your destiny, musings, synchronicity on November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm


Was that a needle you just poked in my ear or are you just…?

And it wasn’t just one needle–it was five needles—in each ear!

Nope, I wasn’t exploring my masochistic side (well, not too much!), instead I had my very first experience with acupuncture. And although there was a teeny twinge of ouchness, it lasted but a second. And for the next hour, I simply relaxed, meditated and felt really grounded.

[A feat this live-in-her-header often struggles with!]

Ironically, needle-piercing sandwiched my weekend.

You see, last night I got my second tattoo.

On the inside of my left wrist, my first tattoo reads, “take a deep breath.” And now my second tattoo—on my other wrist—reads, “be here now.”

[More words for this not-so-grounded lady to live by!]

Perhaps a smidge of pain to get to that desired, grounded calm…


Words + New Ideas = Mind-blowing Podcast

In musings on October 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Whatcha doin’ tonight?

If you have an hour to spare, consider listening to this fun Radio Lab podcast on…words.

Their power. Their ability to make you think. I mean, really think.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Radio Lab but this episode (listened to on my commute home) sparked my imagination.

So…if you’re bored…

Enjoy, cute friends!


iSpy: Something that Soars

In musings, synchronicity on October 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

I saw magic hovering over the expressway this morning. An ebb and flow of hundreds of birds, gliding as one.

Up. Down. Around.

Oblivious to the traffic jam of cars, which were not moving as one!

What is it like to be in sync so completely? To daringly dip and soar without fear?
Perhaps the magic of this morning’s little black cloud is to let intuition guide me.

Or maybe…it was simply a flock of happy little birds!

All Aboard?

In grateful, musings on June 12, 2010 at 5:13 am

Haze hanging, illuminated by the rising sun. Green fields blur past. Speckles of suburbia appear and are replaced with whirring water. The departing whistle sounds.

(“All a-boar-d,” I whisper to myself.)

With two days of my unemployed freedom remaining, I’m on a train– headed to NYC for a last-minute vacation.

Won’t you share the trip with me?

And, Lo, the Clouds Parted

In grateful, musings on June 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm


Nah…that wasn’t a chorus of angels, it was just me…being all giddy and such.


Well, if you’ve been following the saga-of-the-unemployed lady, you might have guessed from that stellar opening that the hunt is…[drum roll, please]…over.


A big ol’ thanks to all of the crossed fingers, toes, eyes and legs! Your contortionist movements paid off, my friends…thanks!

[Sigh. A big sigh, indeed.]


…just got a little light-headed over that realization. Think I’ll just sit and let that soak in for a minute.

Could You?

In choose your destiny, musings on June 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I mean, would you?

Would you…please?

You see, I had a second interview today and there’s the big ol’ part of me that’s afraid to hope. So could you…well, would you hope for me?

Crossing my fingers, my toes, my eyes and…well…just about anything that’ll cross!

Here’s hoping, friend.



In musings on May 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

With blistered feet raised, I breathe a big ol’ sigh.

Yep, the day’s done and, god, it feels good.

For the first time in three years (three blankety-blank years!) I did one of the things I do best and it felt…great.

And you know, there’s this tender little piece of me that’s so relieved to know that, nope, I hadn’t been fooling myself: speaking is my gift–I’m so goddamn good at it–the time simply flew as I watched my students engage–eyes locked, attentive, laughing, just…engaged.

It felt so good.

Really good.

Sad to know it was a one-time gig. So happy to be reminded of my talent…loved it, really.

Bags are packed. Alarm’s set. And tomorrow, I fly back to the sweetness of my current real life.

[But, my, it felt nice to be me again!]

It’s Like…

In musings on May 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

…deja vu all over again.

Yep, this morning I headed to the airport and did what used to be a daily (all right, bi-weekly) occurrence: a business trip.

Honestly, I thought I’d be a little rusty at it (after all it’s been three years since I’ve done this), but, nope, it was like riding a bicycle. 1) Laptop out, shoes off, boarding pass in hand. 2) Call hotel, wait for shuttle, call hotel again, catch shuttle. 3) Meet fellow-faculty, schmooze, practice my presentation.

Yep, it’s all come back to me.

[Yes, you did just hear a sigh of relief coming from my side of the room!]

So here I am: in a new state, a different time zone and in a hotel room that looks…like every other hotel room I’ve stayed in, and it feels good.

Tomorrow I spend the day speaking then will head back to “real life” on Tuesday, but for now, I’m gonna enjoy this–all over again!

‘night, friends…

Wonder of Words

In choose your destiny, grateful, musings on April 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Got a sweet email from a once-loved lover, who shared with me the power of a poet–the magic of words…check it out.

Maybe Kermit Was Wrong

In musings on April 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Spent the day attending the Earth Day Climate Rally down at the National Mall today.
Aside from doing some serious people-watching (which I love doing), and listening to some cool bands, I also heard some cool speakers talking about how we can be greener.
My favorite take-away? It came from the guy who spoke for American Forests. He said,
“How do you spell ‘relief’? R-E-L-E-A-F.”
Yep, “plant a tree, cool the planet.”

And so, dear Kermit, perhaps it is easy being green.