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    E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Special Topics

    Elvis Has Left the Building – That Time I Was All Shook Up

    “Elvis has left the building.” I was never a screaming fangirl who needed to hear those words over a PA system to know the party was over. The whole Elvis phenomenon was wasted on me for many years after his passing. Only then could I finally hear and appreciate his music without anyone trying to convince me of anything about it. But, despite his monumental talent, I’ll always remember Elvis in quite a different form. There’s a favorite bit of family lore that focuses on a…

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    E,  Happiness,  Writing and Reading

    My Writers Group, My Word Nerds

    It took me a long time to become willing to be part of a writers’ group. Frankly, I’d heard some fairly awful things about them. I had heard such groups could be competitive and repetitive. That some groups were more in love with the idea of writing than getting anything done and that those meetings sounded more like a roomful of angsty teens than a bunch of grown-up word nerds trying to help one another improve. Whenever I’m trying to get better at something, I seek…

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    E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Self care,  Thinking

    Inspired Life

    What does it mean to live an inspired life? It’s a phrase that can bring to mind images of artists, monastics, and martyrs. It also makes me think of sweeping the floor and tending my weeds. I think the phrase got stuck in my head the other day when one of my friends referred to another as an inspiration. Word nerd that I am, I was intrigued; my friend the inspiration has a breathing disorder and one of the definitions of “inspire” is “to breathe in.”…