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Summer Solstice Show

Summer Solstice Show

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Two women sat by the edge of the water the evening of Summer Solstice and watched, as this longest day came to its close. The ball of fire descended behind the mountains and the slow show of change unfolded before them. Sitting in camp chairs with Lake Chapala at their very feet seemed a good slow way of unfolding to one another as well, for they were new friends, curious to learn about one another. Not trying to get to…

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How Mexican Values Are Changing Me

How Mexican Values Are Changing Me

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I’m different than I was when I moved here to Mexico six months ago. Living in the Mexican culture, imbibing Mexican values, I feel easier about everything. I don’t worry so much about how things go. If something planned doesn’t happen, I have confidence that something else will happen, and I’m often more curious than frustrated. If I’m not feeling well, I go to bed willingly and know the things I meant to do can wait. If a shop is…

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Only a Cup of Tea

Only a Cup of Tea

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It was only a cup of tea, but someone else, my neighbor, made it for me when I was sick, and brought it to me. It was the herb estafiate picked high in these mountains by her housekeeper Rosi’s brother. It was only a cup of tea, though the cure was deeper than the medicine. Unasked, a gift from another who saw me, who cared, I was alone in my new country, unwell, wondering what might unfold, too green to…

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At Seventy

At Seventy

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“Life: not a journey to the grave arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body; rather, a journey to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body wonderfully worn and screaming ‘WOO HOO, what a ride!’” On my seventieth birthday I claim these words, with a nod to their unknown  author for expressing my own intention/desire to live life full out. Today on my birthday I am immensely grateful  for seventy years in this life,…

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SuperElder LiftOff

SuperElder LiftOff

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First  SuperElder gets a running start to pass through the dimensional glass of limiting beliefs. Then she achieves liftoff, suspending her belief in gravity, using branches to extend her wings. The real question is not how she did it, but where she will fly and what she will now do with the new ability. Far from being “the crazy aunt everyone warned you about”, SuperElder is your body on hope, the stance that what we want is possible. But she’s…

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Uncertainty as a Value

Uncertainty as a Value

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In “The Place Where we are Right,” Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai tells us that certainty makes for hard and trampled ground, where no flowers can grow and no whispers can be heard; whereas, doubt and loves dig up the ground… like a plow… The uncertainty principle enshrines a level of fuzziness into quantum physics,  unlike Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe where everything follows clear-cut laws, and some scientists suggest that the principle makes parallel universes and selves probable, a possibility that…

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