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Kate
often in my ego, but moving steadily toward greater consciousness
Retired, but not too retiring, a work still in progress
Interests: making my home homey, balance, Music (making & appreciating), living and dying well, ta'i chi, dancing, cooking, doing crazy things on birthdays.
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and maybe a part of an upcoming Re-introduction email (it's a 'letter' in my mind :). ) This video I found at random (?) on YouTube: The author/commentor, Jamie Wheal, introduces himself in the video that came from Big Think. I agree with most of what he is saying here. leaving this unfinished in favor of a tall fresh homemade lemon-limeade pleasantly laced with vodka, and a movie... TTFN. :) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Itsa Village
This quote from an unrelated article feels like a perfect fit for my life, too... "She describes herself in her new book as being “born with the approval-seeking personality of an orphaned lapdog”. She goes on: “From childhood, my one overarching life directive was: do whatever it takes to win approval."
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2021 on Guilt and Shame (spurred by article) at KateThoughts
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This article triggered these thoughts. I don't know if it should/could also be on Itsa Village. I believe that this sort of Toxic Shame/Guilt can be brought about by religious teaching quite apart from any specific condition. It is my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at KateThoughts
This is a quote from Frank Bruni in his opinion column from here. You'll find it about 3/4 down the column in the section titled On A Personal Note. "But there are more good days. Many, many more. My ability... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at KateThoughts
"Dayenu" I found this posted on Facebook by a friend. Dayenu It literally means "It would have been enough". This site translates the text. Ilu means "if only" I played this video because I'm having a shortage of peace these days and any exploration could be helpful. And also because, in my struggles with the G word, and spirit, and just plain wishing for more love in the world, it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Itsa Village
asymmetry Zen Retirement podcast - J. Kornfield Timeless Awareness & Mystery of Identity Living Large - bennett Creativity - Laura I'm Old Enough to Die Hypersanity HBO's Alternate Endings Ashes to Stardust https://beherenownetwork.com/jack-kornfield-heart-wisdom-ep-98-timeless-awareness-and-the-mystery-of-identity/ Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Itsa Village
This article in the Guardian explores touching and its absence, especially in light of the current pandemic. "Everything we touch has its own specific shape, texture and firmness, its own special resistance to the pressure we place on it. Every hug feels different because everyone you hug takes up space in the world in a different way. No one else has quite the same contours, the same pleats and ripples... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Itsa Village
Article from The Guardian an excerpt " There is a Rumi poem – it is my favourite. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,” writes the 13th-century mystic, “there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” I feel this way about religious Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Itsa Village
https://eand.co/the-origins-of-americas-unique-and-spectacular-cruelty-74a91f53ce29 The Origins of America's Unique and Spectacular Cruelty https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/22/preachers-sneakers-instagram-wealth/ Preacher/church Wealth All this crap bothers me. possibly more than it should - possibly not enough. I don't know whether to stop reading (can I?) or emigrate. I don't know if there is anywhere else to go... ? I don't know how to be helpful. I'm a little embarrassed by all the physical comfort and 'things' that I have. Let's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Itsa Village
"No matter how old you are, as you read you might ask yourself a question, too: How has this year challenged and changed your generation?" [emphasis mine] — Katherine Schulten, editor, The Learning Network "For many American teens, this year will be the defining moment of their young lives. In words, images and videos, they showed us how they’ve met these challenges in an unrecognizable world." The subtitle and quote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Itsa Village
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As it turned out, Mango was dead by early afternoon on that Wednesday, the day of the last post... ...and don't want to follow this thought down the reminiscing bittersweet thoughts; I've got folks coming over today! (... the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at KateThoughts
article... where do they go in yours... ? housekeeping... usually I categorize things as Covid related if that is the subject in any part of the post. But.. I think that the pandemic is so pervasive, scary, politicized, depressing, killing!,... I'm sure it colors my subjectivity! so all the posts from March 2020 onward fit there too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Itsa Village
Article... don't skip the comments. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Itsa Village
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Itsa Village
This article is fascinating to me. Ancient feminine symbols perhaps representing fertility and power. Also life and death. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Itsa Village
My Mango has kidney disease and will be dead before the end of the week... My emotions are so tangled up now. Obvious reasons abound: 1. Pandemic - I am relatively safe but/and alone. 2. Winter Snow/Ice storm - relatively... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at KateThoughts
but I won't. I’m confused by words, again. I’ve been reading in an effort to understand the connection between evangelical Christians and Trump. I started by looking up definitions in a few different dictionaries. I read an article by NPR... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at KateThoughts
but I won't. I’m confused by words, again. I’ve been reading in an effort to understand the connection between evangelical Christians and Trump. I started by looking up definitions in a few different dictionaries. I read an article by NPR here, and this one from Christianity.com here. Here’s Wikipedia’s take on evangelism. They all agree with my early religious education in describing evangelism as being all about spreading the Gospel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Itsa Village
It is entirely possible to be mentally healthy, AND be as lonesome as hell. This fu&$ing pandemic separates me from everyone I know and I am a little paranoid (?) ... that's not right, but. I am a little depressed,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at KateThoughts
(copied from post at Itsa Village) This new year is not the marker we all want right now. I hear people talk about 'getting back to normal' or 'the New normal'. I think it is way too soon to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at KateThoughts
This new year is not the marker we all want right now. I hear people talk about 'getting back to normal' or 'the New normal'. I think it is way too soon to make guesses about how that will look. There is this nice clean New Year, though. Each of us must make of it what we will. Here is Pentatonix's version of Auld Lang Syne: And this link is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Itsa Village
Heather Cox Richardson has been the voice I've followed throughout most of this year. It felt appropriate to post here her latest two posts: December 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021 That is what follows. Heather Cox Richardson Dec 31, 2020 And so, we are at the end of a year that has brought a presidential impeachment trial, a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 338,000 of us, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Itsa Village
It's possible to 'share' things these days... just not kisses and hugs! What a bummer that could be were we not crones and so highly evolved! As keeper of the blog, I sent an email out Saturday morning: Good Morning! I hope you had a great Christmas. I certainly did! 8-9 hours with Jessica!! Wahoo! We rocked out with Rummicube, had a good meal, and talked too long to watch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at Itsa Village
Six days left in this year - 2020. Jess and I spent yesterday together. It was Great! Our time was about being together, though and only incidentally about Christmas. I'm going to miss her something fierce!! She leaves on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2020 at KateThoughts
A poem for dying by Courtney A. Walsh. Every minute someone leaves this world behind. Age has nothing to do with it. We are all in this line without realizing it. We never know how many people are before us. We can not move to the back of the line. We can not step out of the line. We can not avoid the line. So while we wait in line... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Itsa Village