Self-Reliance and the Person Inside

Self-Reliance and the Person Inside

I’m an optimist by nature but unpleasant things do get me down sometimes. This week, I was hit with a string of them. My optimism faded. I became needy and broody and pensive. I started overthinking things, and pining for someone else to show up and get my life back...
Making it Fun with the Person Inside

Making it Fun with the Person Inside

Spanish 121 is keeping me on my toes. After 13 years of being completely self-employed, it’s novel to have to show up at a certain place, at a certain time, four days a week. Novel in the best sense of the word. Lily (my inner fourteen-year-old) and I get up at the...
New People, New Things with the Person Inside

New People, New Things with the Person Inside

This week, we’ve met a lot of new people who are much closer to Lily’s age than to mine. My classmates in Spanish 121 range from late teens to, perhaps, late 20s. Perhaps. Mom has assured me I look young for my age but. . .in this setting, thirty is old! Fortunately,...
Back to School with the Person Inside

Back to School with the Person Inside

Sometimes the start of a new year prompts people to change something major in their lives. This time, I’ve really done it. Next Monday, Lily (my inner fourteen-year-old) and I begin our back to school adventure at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC). The subject:...
New Year with the Person Inside

New Year with the Person Inside

Wow, it’s the last blog of 2019 already! Lily, my inner fourteen-year-old, and I are excited about the New Year, but we’re having a little bit of a back and forth at the moment.   It’s not, you know, like an argument.   No, it’s not. It’s a decision we have...
Making Christmas with the Person Inside

Making Christmas with the Person Inside

How to make Christmas? For a while I thought I’d forgotten how, but Lily, my inner fourteen-year-old, reminded me of something.   Didn’t you make decorated sugar cookies when you were a kid? And one year you made felt ornaments that matched the cookies?   It...

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