September 03, 2012 • in Random Thoughts
Happy Labor Day!
Enjoy the fruits of the season!
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Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the fruits of the season!
August 31, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
The Art of Going Back to School
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. At the age of—well, never mind that—I have gone back to school. This time, instead of yet another English degree, I’m learning another language entirely. I’m learning how to write code. Yes, computer code.
August 29, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
That Stupid Feeling
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I hate feeling stupid. But we’ve all been there: That Stupid Feeling that comes when we should know what we are doing and we don’t. I’ve had a lot of That Stupid Feeling lately. Probably because I’ve been on vacation, and also because I am purposefully trying to do new things. I hate That Stupid Feeling. But I hate it so much I’m determined to work my way through it, too.
August 24, 2012 • in Health
How to Get More Hours in the Day
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. Getting up wicked early basically feels like a head start. I’ve become hooked on the feeling of having accomplished something before 9:00 a.m. That way, no matter what the day throws at me, I’ve gotten something important done. Here are my tips for turning yourself into a morning person, so you, too, can have a more useful day:
August 20, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
Obsessions, and Why to Follow Them
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I think obsessions are the heart and soul and mind’s ways of leading you to learn new things and grow in new ways. I’m dealing here with a basic assumption I have that life is not meant simply for us to float through in ignorance, measured by wealth, or belonging, or years of obedience to someone else’s ideal. I’m talking about LIVING. Being alive.
August 17, 2012 • in Exploring
What We Learn From Racing
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. Once upon a time, I ran a race. It was the 800-meter dash during my sixth grade field day. What happened in this race has taken on Great Significance of Epic Proportions. What happened? I came in second. What followed were years of second place races, metaphorically speaking, in which I did pretty well without putting in a huge ton of effort. B+ grades instead of A’s, basically. Enjoying opportunities that arrived, but not always seeking and seizing them. In other words, I became content looking at the back of people’s heads.
August 15, 2012 • in Family
What We Leave Behind
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The other day I was up at my brother’s old cabin, which I have taken over to restore as a writing and painting retreat. I’ve let the landscape go wild and crazy, the way it was when he and I first saw it more than 30 years ago. In the morning light I noticed what looked suspiciously like gladiolas over by the old wishing well. There is only one person who could have planted those and that would be my brother, who died of AIDS 27 years ago.