The Crew – a poem

Thinking ‘bout the Covid virus poetry on thin papyrus people dying such a scare panic striking everywhere nightly meetings with my friends 10 o’clock is when they end one hour of calming fears one more hour fighting tears virtual meetings unsuspected thankfully keep us connected voicing our depression brings fear and anger quarantined tried to … Continue reading The Crew – a poem

The Cruise, a poem

Me on Enchantment of the Seas Cruise 2020 I’m cruising out to sea and it’s more than just a feeling I hope this cruise will provide some relaxation and healing My son and our ship! there’s thousands of folks on this boat and I just can’t believe it We’re moving at a quickened pace and … Continue reading The Cruise, a poem

LIGHTS

-a poem Dim lights brightening  dusty lights covered with a 12-year film of inactivity  receding from the world outside  struggling with this physical body that’s rebelling  failing to live up to immense expectations  taken for granted as a tool always available and at my disposal  lights flickering buzzing  changing hue and temperature  lights blinking on … Continue reading LIGHTS

How to be a racial justice ally

Many people want to help in the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, but they don’t know what to do. Activist DeRay Mckesson explains how we can all show up and stand up. 1. Own your privilege. “Acknowledge that there is a privilege you have [if you’re white], and use the privilege to disrupt that … Continue reading How to be a racial justice ally

Why do Writers Write in Coffee Shops?

Thanks to Robin Storey for this article, musing about the writer's life. Enjoy! MO **** Since becoming a full-time writer I’ve become a cliché – I love writing in coffee shops. I’ve written in a previous postabout my local library being my favourite office away from home, but coffee shops come in as equal favourite. IT'S … Continue reading Why do Writers Write in Coffee Shops?

6 practical ways to practice being present – mindfulness tips

How many times has my body been in a wonderfully enjoyable  place while my mind was stuck in a worried, angry or fearful place? In Zen Habits, Leo offers some great tips to enjoy the NOW! Mo 6 Practical Ways to Practice Being Present Posted: 14 Oct 2016 07:43 AM PDT By Leo Babauta There … Continue reading 6 practical ways to practice being present – mindfulness tips

Albert Woolum, White Navy Veteran, Kneels in a Black Lives Matter Shirt During National Anthem to Support Girls’ Volleyball Team — GOOD BLACK NEWS

Three words: "Thank you, Sir." Mo   article via thegrio.com On Friday night, cheerleaders for the DeSoto and Cedar Hill high schools’ football teams in Texas knelt during the national anthem before the game between their two schools to protest the treatment of people of color in the United States. What’s more, on Tuesday, the … Continue reading Albert Woolum, White Navy Veteran, Kneels in a Black Lives Matter Shirt During National Anthem to Support Girls’ Volleyball Team — GOOD BLACK NEWS

Declutter Day 10! Progress!

  It's day 10 of the Minimalism Game...how's the decluttering? Hope it's great! I'm sticking with it. If it doesn't bring me JOY, it is out of here! 30 things are GONE so far! Woohoo! If you haven't joined the fun, start where you are. Here are the instructions... https://smp19671.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/30-day-minimalism-game-come-out-and-play/ Mo Image courtesy of Ericadhawan.com

The Truth is What We Save From the Fire

Recovery programs call our useless running, “getting something we don’t have,” or “keeping something we don’t want to lose.” Greg Baer, in his book, Real Love, calls it “Getting and Protecting Behavior.” Whatever you call it, it’s how we shield ourselves from pain. Check out blogger Matt”s great insights about this tough part of existence! Thanks Matt!
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Must Be This Tall To Ride

Value of hard things vs. easy things Like vigorous exercise, a disciplined reading regiment, and giving more than we take in our marriages, there is VALUE — tons of it — in doing hard things. So maybe don’t run away. Maybe allowing ourselves to feel is THE way. (Image/Carl Richards – New York Times)

I’m afraid of someone using a circular handsaw to cut open my skull.

But I’m more afraid of dying, so if the choice is certain death or brain surgery, I would choose brain surgery.

I’m afraid of jumping off of 100-foot cliffs into unknown waters.

But I’m more afraid of being eaten by big-ass dinosaurs, so if a genetically modified hybrid Jurassic World dinosaur was chasing me, I would totally jump if the alternative was being Indominus Rex’s lunch.

Broken down in the most primitive way possible, human beings are motivated by just two things:

  1. Feeling pleasure
  2. Avoiding pain

Psychologists say most people…

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