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    There’s a reason I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like. I decided in the prime of my mid-life to get implanted (I wince as I say this because it sounds so…robotic?). No, I did not get breast implants. … Continue reading

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    My Pre-Op Appointment A few weeks after I made the decision about the surgery date, I was scheduled to see the nurse for my shot, the surgeon (again), and the pre-anesthesia folks. I had to get a meningitis shot– people … Continue reading

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    I’m grumpy. I haven’t really heard in three days, since I have been activated. That means I have been relying entirely on lipreading this whole time. Which further means I am exhausted and therefore, irritable. Can’t blame mid-life hormones on this … Continue reading

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  • 07/01/13--21:41: Working at FamilyWorks
  • Today was my first day at my new job at FamilyWorks! I have been hired as the volunteer coordinator of this cool nonprofit, whose mission is to “nourish and strengthen individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources, and community.” … Continue reading

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    A friend shared this great article about a unique way of getting your kid to be kind and helpful and to recognize those actions in themselves and in others. I feel like I get into this rut when it comes … Continue reading

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    Apparently today, Friday, August 9, is national book lover’s day. I guess that means we are supposed to just sit back and read a book? Today I just finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. I gave it a 3.5 stars on Goodreads. … Continue reading

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    I was contacted by Heather Von St. James, who told me she was a mesothelioma survivor and that she was trying to raise awareness of this little known cancer, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. It’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day … Continue reading

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    At the beginning of September, I decided to give myself an early birthday present. It would be a four-day silent meditation retreat. The retreat itself was actually 10 days long, but I could not take that much time off from … Continue reading

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    Recently, I noticed Shiori, the Japanese student who has been living with us since September as part of a homestay program for college students, seemed a little sad.  Shiori attends the University of Washington and is in an international studies … Continue reading

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  • 02/18/14--16:39: Storytelling for Change
  • For the last 5 weeks I have been taking an online class through Acumen and the Ariel Group, called “Storytelling for Change.” The main task of the course is to tell a brief 1-2 minute personal story that frames the … Continue reading

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    Well, after that last downer post, I have something more uplifting to say! There’s been a couple cool things I have been inspired by: Last night after we ate out for dinner and were on our way to my son’s … Continue reading

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    Today I gave a presentation about philanthropy to a group of 7-8 year-old girl scouts. It was great fun and my 11 year-old daughter helped out. She took notes for me, recorded interesting quotes, and got me materials I needed. … Continue reading

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  • 06/06/14--21:02: An example of the work I do
  • So, by now you may know I am juggling a few things in my career. I am a blogger for Parentmap, a freelancer for nonprofit work (I recently helped coordinate volunteers for an event- but more on that in another … Continue reading

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    And heeeeere it is! My post about meeting Derrick Coleman and the fabulous experience helping to run a fundraising event. Read it and enjoy!

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    I took a Reiki workshop on a beautiful Saturday not too long ago. As I rode my bike there, I felt ambivalent about taking it and was not in the best mental space. A few troubling firestorms had occurred that … Continue reading

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    I know, I know, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve no good excuse except for being incredibly busy with a new contract, my current job, juggling husband and kid activities, staying true to my goal of exercising every … Continue reading

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    Today is Monday. I am feeling sluggish- got a pain in my back and the weather is still ominously grey outside. It’s Seattle, after all. I swear I could be related to Garfield the cat sometimes. I keep reminding myself, … Continue reading

    esralstonI took my electric toothbrush out of my mouth too soon this morning and THIS is how it felt.Snoqualmie Ski Area- very little snow this season. Taken by Steve Ringman, Seattle TimesesralstonI took my electric toothbrush out of my mouth too soon this morning and THIS is how it felt.Snoqualmie Ski Area- very little snow this season. Taken by Steve Ringman, Seattle Times

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    The words stayed there on the screen mocking me. Day 365/365 of exercise. I could not stop staring at them. I sort of wanted to slap my face for getting so hooked by this seemingly simple Facebook status update. My first … Continue reading

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  • 05/17/15--22:31: My Good Deed for the Day
  • Today our family walked down to a neighborhood parade and on our way back home, ran into an elderly couple who could not remember where they parked their car. We stood with them on the sidewalk, trying to help them picture … Continue reading

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    Ever since the World Cup games several years ago, my son has become very interested in sports. He has tried out (in this order) ultimate frisbee, soccer, and most recently, basketball. My son uses two cochlear implants to hear, and because … Continue reading

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