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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.
Recent Activity
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
I wish I believed that things - life on the planet - would be better for everyone on Nov. 4th, or on Jan. 21st... but I don't. I've read too much news and commentary, of course. I've been following politics... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at KateThoughts
There are many posts here, now, and many more links to other articles and information. Lately, I've relied heavily on Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By, largely because she is living and sharing her dying. Don't see how we can get more pertinent to our purpose than that. I will keep posting here, because it's one of the things I do. But I have become aware that this blog and,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Old at Heart: Reframing How We Talk about Aging and Being Old by Gaea Yudron, a writer/artist + much more, and a FB friend. You can find her thru the link to the article, or on FB. I am a fan of Tao Porchon-Lynch, the nonagenarian yogini and ballroom dancer, whom I have written about before in this blog. She is a wonderful example of vitality... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care non-profit spotlights Time Goes By. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Stumbling Along Toward an Ending Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
This is a quick way to save these titles... thru Ronni, of course... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
This quote I sent to Nadette in an email started a conversation I want to keep and possibly expand upon. "In his splendid essay called “On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual,” Schopenhauer points out that when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at KateThoughts
Why Women need a Tribe Tanja Taljaard and Azriel Re'Shel, writing in 2016, think so. So do I. In truth, I think we are one...with some familial tension among us on most days... I've posted this link, with only a quick scan, to save it for us, and to follow some interesting links... My tribe, however, does not require chanting, incense, beads, shawls, or paint. Though it is quite possible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at Itsa Village
Is there a difference in suicide and death by self-administered legally prescribed drugs? You'll find opinions, facts, and links to other sources here on Ms. Bennett's TGB. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Itsa Village
This post from TGB's Ronni Bennett talks about recent legal changes; links to her own personal experience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Itsa Village
a reader story from Time Goes By... Topsy Turvy various methods for successful hugging are being created. This from CBS Sunday Morning is the most recent I've found. And one that two of my Dear Dear Friends have followed. WONDERFUL! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at KateThoughts
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Itsa Village
Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By has done these half-hour videos with her former husband for some time now. I rarely watch them. But She has received her MAID drugs; she talks about them herein; and there is no way to know which/when the last one will be done. I'm embedding one or more here, just because... RB 8-19-20 Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Itsa Village
Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era. The article is here. This article has come up before me twice in a week. I read it both times. It seems to me to be an article worth saving.... doing so. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Itsa Village
Compassion and Choices "Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey." according to their home page. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Itsa Village