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Lynne Taetzsch
Ithaca, NY
I am an artist and a writer.
Interests: painting, drawing, writing, hiking, reading, movies
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Thanks. I think you'll enjoy working with markers, especially the double-sided calligraphy markers.
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I just got back from having a mammogram. Phew! Nothing feels better than hearing those words, “Everything looks good. You can get dressed now.” The first time I got a mammogram—when I was in my forties—it hurt so much I didn’t go back for ten or fifteen years. It’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at This Written Life
Grace and Grit was amazing, Elaine. There is something about the personal that makes the philosophy come alive. Unstructured time--we need to give ourselves more of that!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2014 on Time For Reflection at This Written Life
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I hear you, Bill. That's why just keeping on keeping on is often the easiest path.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Reentry at This Written Life
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This morning I was waiting for the handyman to come take a load of junk out of my garage—left over from the basement flooding a few months ago. Tom was supposed to come between 8:30 and 9, so at 8:30 I sat down in the living room (where I could... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at This Written Life
Thank you! And for reminding me to read this again--I forgot all about the treasure in the interim! ;)
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Maybe we were just meant to keep on keeping on, Elaine! Thanks for your comment.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on The Joys of Aging at This Written Life
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Why does reentry take me so much longer than it used to? We arrived home from a week’s vacation in Bar Harbor on Sunday, and I took my sister Laura to the airport on Monday morning. It is now Tuesday and I still feel foggy and scattered. Who am I?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at This Written Life
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Let me count the ways in which we who are aging find joy: 1 Getting a good night’s sleep without taking sleep meds ranks on top of my list. During Adrian’s last months, I complained to a psychiatrist who specialized in treating the elderly that Adrian wasn’t sleeping at night.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at This Written Life
I know, all we can do is practice.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on Center of the Universe at This Written Life
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Elaine, I wasn't very good at it either, but I do love that philosophy of acceptance. Thanks for posting this blog on Facebook, by the way.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on Come To Me at This Written Life
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More and more I become aware of my continual need to control everything and everyone around me. This past week I planned a day visit with my brother Bob’s family at their summer cabin in Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half drive from me. My daughter was unable to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at This Written Life
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On one of our warmer, more humid days recently, I was taking a walk by myself at Sapsucker Woods bird sanctuary. This walk always feels meditative to me, except in deep summer when it is too buggy to enjoy. On this spring day I wasn’t attacked by mosquitoes or flies,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at This Written Life
Elaine, you are so right that I should have learned how to do each exercise correctly before jumping in so fast. I am suffering now with some aches and pains I'm letting heal before I get back into it again--at a slower and more careful pace! ;)
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Elaine, I did not take that photo of Adrian and don't know who did--that's the problem with boxes of stored photos that are not labeled! I think slides are even harder to deal with. We have some, but those I have not touched!
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2014 on Love in a Photo Journal at This Written Life
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A friend recently told me about a 7-minute cardio workout that was supposed to be scientifically proven to be as good as other longer workouts because of the way the exercises were chosen and organized. When I checked it out online, some guy said he’d lost weight doing it just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at This Written Life
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Before digital cameras, Adrian and I would take snapshots and have two of each printed so we could send some to the kids and other relatives who were in the photos. Then we’d put the photos back in their envelope and put the envelope in a drawer or on a... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at This Written Life
Yes, Elaine, Ithaca is known for its flooded basements! I put the parents up at the Best Western, which is one mile from my house. My two college-age granddaughters slept upstairs in the guestroom and my office. Everyone was happy with the arrangements.
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I remember that line—not that my parents ever used it—but it was a threat always in the air when a child seemed to be crying without cause. Last week I was mildly depressed for no reason at all. My life was fine. I had nothing to complain about. And then... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at This Written Life
Yeah, at least by being aware, maybe we can let it go a bit sooner. ;)
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on How Guilty Can You Be? at This Written Life
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How many of you were born guilty? I know I was. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t think the problems of the world were my fault. Of course, I could also call this a sense of grandiosity—as if the world spinning on its axis depended on me to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at This Written Life
So true, Elaine, about our thinking we could have done it better. And we were fortunate to be in the warm season of our year at the time our husbands died.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2014 on What Spring Means To Me at This Written Life
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Cards were always social at our house, too, Elaine. But it's nice to have one that I can do alone. If you don't have time to play, I think it's because you don't need to. ;)
Toggle Commented May 10, 2014 on The Game of Life at This Written Life
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Spring means having to say I’m sorry for not having had more patience, and for not cherishing the small amount of time Adrian and I had together on this earth. May 24th is the anniversary of his dying – his death day. My feelings are complicated because he wanted to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at This Written Life
Thanks, Nathan. I like your interpretation. ;)
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