The Best Unproductive Day Possible

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The Best Unproductive Day Possible Just as I was recovering from a bike accident, we discovered a tumor in my dog Barley’s mouth which was diagnosed as malignant.  Within a week he was at the animal hospital for major surgery to remove the tumor. I started sleeping in the living room after Barley got back from surgery so I could keep an eye on him.  But I was only getting about 4 hours of sleep…

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Sharing Dad

Sharing Dad by Victoria S. Freeman I am basically a can-do kind of person. When my husband of eighteen years said he preferred our next door neighbor as a companion, I used up several tons of Kleenex and lost three dress sizes. Ultimately, with the help of many friends, I figured out how to get my tires balanced and use the TV remote. When a remodeling contractor gave me a five figure estimate for removing…

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On the Road, Thanks to Dad

On the Road, Thanks to Dad by Gregg Krech A central theme in my relationship with my father was cars.  It started, of course, further back than I can remember.  I was driven around as a young child to family gatherings, doctor’s appointments, restaurants, and school.  I didn’t get very far as a child without wheels, and those wheels were paid for and often driven by my dad. At 16, I obstinately decided I was…

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The Power of Momentum

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We’re on the 13th day of our Taking Action program. How do you make progress on what’s truly important? A small step doesn’t get you very far. And generally we judge the value of the step based on distance. If your exercise today consisted of jumping rope one time (one revolution) you probably didn’t burn many calories or lose much weight. On that basis we tend to discount small steps. We want to take giant…

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Courage

JFK is one of my heroes. He would have been 99 years old on May 29th, were he still alive today. Like most of us, Kennedy was not always admirable. He was a flawed human being and his failings are well-known. But his determination, courage and wholehearted efforts to make a contribution, despite debilitating pain and illness, are inspirational. His extraordinary and unwavering will could not be defeated. Kennedy suffered from many simultaneous conditions, including…

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You’re Getting Closer

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There’s a story about a young man who is hitchhiking to San Diego. He is standing alongside an entrance ramp just outside of Seattle hoping to get a ride. A car pulls up and a well-dressed, middle-aged man rolls down the window. “Where are you headed?” says the driver. “I’m going to San Diego,” says the hitchhiker. “Well, I can take you as far as Los Angeles,” says the driver. With a look of disappointment…

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A NATURE FIX

Now that the weather is warmer, Gregg and I have begun an early morning ritual to start the day in tune with nature  (though as you can see from this photo, some mornings are still quite cold and even a bit snowy.)  We sit on the deck of the teahouse, and simply breathe.  Sitting still.  Being quiet.  Simply breathing.  In this presence meditation, our senses come alive.  Mourning doves call to us.  Aspens sway.  Clouds…

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Giving It All We’ve Got

Monkton Vermont (sometimes referred to as “the middle of nowhere”) is a small rural town in the foothills of the Green Mountains.  Life is usually quite predictable and uneventful here in Monkton, but these days a drama is unfolding right in our midst and at least some of us are pretty darn proud. Half a mile from the ToDo Institute a young woman named Addie sits in a tree, on a platform 30’ above ground. …

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