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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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    In February I did Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness Meditation Challenge. Each day I would get an email introducing the day’s topic which also included a brief guided audio meditation. It was really great- just 10-15 minutes or less each day … Continue reading

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  • 09/04/18--14:32: What is a Deaf Fail?
  • So it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have been preoccupied with lots of things lately, including my parents’ deaths, figuring out career stuff (I am currently in between jobs), volunteering on a few projects, helping my kids with school, … Continue reading

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