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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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the link... there is a paywall, probably, so I will just copy & paste also... Your Latest Covid Questions, Answered When the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, we had a seemingly endless amount of questions and not so many answers. Now, more than two years later, we’re still learning how to live with the virus. And while many questions remain unanswered, there’s a lot we have learned about Covid-19 to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Itsa Village
This Country Has Finally Broken Me... I'm Right and You're An Evil Monster Just read these in the last two days. Would love to discuss them. Don't have an audience... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at KateThoughts
I would like to spend an evening with some very good wine and in the company of these people: Brene Brown Stephen Fry Neil deGrasse Tyson James Blackburn Dame Judi Dench Alan Watts ~~~~~~~~~~~~ If I were to give energy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at KateThoughts
I'm proposing these questions from the NYT as, perhaps, an early new discussion. What do you think? These are All of the questions in an article about finding love, so they all may not fit easily for us. These were also directed to younger people than we who were interested in dating opportunities. While that may be one or two of us, (ahem) we are not (to the best of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2021 at Itsa Village
I've not seen "Wicked", but I love this song: "For Good". Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order... Disclaimer: I don't own the music or the recordings, nor do I benefit in any way from these postings. Links go to public postings on YouTube where credit is given to those involved. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2021 at Itsa Village
"What advice does she have for people who feel judged and crave the societal approval that she craved for years? Post-pandemic, how do you avoid going back to a life that doesn’t feel quite right? “Notice that, when you’re not yourself because you want people to like you, you hate your life. There’s this idea called “the empty elevator”. Say you don’t like your life on the floor that you’re... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2021 at Itsa Village
It's my mind, of course, that concerns me, being the center of my universe and all... The speech was written and given by David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008). The excellent graphics were done by After... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2021 at KateThoughts
Someone please tell me why we think it is something to celebrate that some couple has birthed 5-6-7 + children. Why is that not shameful??! Why, in the face of climate and political disasters, is no one talking about population... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at KateThoughts
You know I'm a language lover. I've been playing with words having to do with 'old' for some time. I've enjoyed using "tribe" to describe my circle of friends. But the other day I was thinking of collective nouns, like flock of sheep or a murder of crows... A tribe of crones didn't sound all that good to me, but a Pride of Crones does! Or a Pride of Elders.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Itsa Village
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Itsa Village
I found this video today. I may join Twitter just to see how this went forward. I'm impressed, to say the least. I still have pics of Joel from that last summer... this is not those... What do you think of this level of sharing? What do you want to hear from friends and family if your death was to be similar to this? More prep for the 'letter' I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Itsa Village
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 Jun 19, 2021 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 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 The Origins of America's Unique and Spectacular Cruelty 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
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
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Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Itsa Village