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May you walk

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

I posted earlier this week (err, make that month) about how I was doing all sorts of tasks that make our lives possible, yet are reasonably mindless. Normally I do these kinds of jobs with a little music. Today I put my ipod on shuffle mode and set to work.

Up came a few songs from among the various children’s music I have on there. Being that I was in a groove, I somehow didn’t even notice. Until the song “May you Walk” came on. The lyrics are excellent meditation as I get myself back into the groove of working in my academic job, not the job I thought I would have when I set out, but life is not quite as I thought it would be either.

May you walk in your life as a warrior
Clear and loving and strong
May you walk in your life as a warrior
Trusting the path you are on

May you walk in your life as a healer
Clear and loving and strong
May you walk in your life as a healer
Trusting the path you are on

May you walk in your life as a lover
Clear and loving and strong
May you walk in your life as a lover
Trusting the path you are on

May you walk in your life as a woman
Clear and loving and strong
May you walk in your life as a woman
Trusting the path you are on
Clear and loving and strong
Trusting the path you are on.

Music by Betsy Rose. You can listen here:

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January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Scene: breakfast table. Much discussion about how children don’t have the same privileges as adults. Pause.

“Well maybe being a kid IS better.” (L, age 5)

“Yeah you don’t have to go to work.” (E, age 8 )

“Work is not always a drag. Sometimes it IS fun.” (Dr.Mama)

“But you have to teach a class, then you couldn’t go shopping for roller skates.” (kids)

Categories: what we are thinking

It’s been almost a month

January 6, 2011 2 comments

It has been almost a month since my last post. We’ve been doing lots and lots of things. Too much to stop and write about.

In the meantime, we’re in the time when the children are back to school but the college students are not yet. I’ve got a few weeks yet until I see their shining faces. That means it is time to catch up on all the other “stuff” I’ve got on my to-do list.

Here’s a few from the last 24 hrs:
cuddling my youngest.
spilling almost a box of cereal.
vacuuming up said cereal.
mopping the floors.
ironing on girl scout patches.
ordering textbooks.
nudging an independent study student along.
hauling wood for the fire.
sewing.
organizing the attic. (!)
knitting.
reading the newspaper.
turning the compost.
packing up Christmas items.
mailing letters.
paying bills.
making coffee.
doing pushups.
cooking black beans.
more vacuuming.
bathroom cleaning.
laundry.
food prep.
preschool drop off.

That’s what’s going on around these parts. It’s mostly mindless work, the best kind for resetting your brain.