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Best Reads for the 2nd half of 2021

Best Reads for the 2nd half of 2021

All 5 stars!

The first half of my 2021 reading year was all about novels.  The second half was (nearly) all memoir! I’ve always been drawn to listening to different voices and opening my heart to many, varied experiences. I hope you find some titles you’ll enjoy. 🙂

A big birthday!


Ok, something crazy just happened. I turned 70!

And, to be clear, I’m celebrating. 🙂 

If I mention that I’m old, or older, some of my younger friends are like, Don’t say that! Or—We have to have a conversation about this! I think these very dear friends mean that I’m not washed up, I’m still relevant, I’m still clever, or whatever “old” tends to imply, and especially that they want me to think well of myself. But—I do! 

My Mom



In meditation class this morning, there was a conversation about difficult, deeply held patterns installed during sometimes painful childhoods. People spoke of not being seen—especially by their mothers—of a longing that continues since that day, and how cultivating awareness helps. Being a witness, rather than being engulfed in the emotions, helps.

There is Pain

On a Wednesday in September, I woke up with excruciating pain in my right side which went on 24/7, unrelenting, for almost 3 weeks. Then… it got better. I still don’t know what was wrong. What I do know: it was a really great time to practice the path of the Dharma!

My favorite tools for zero waste living

My favorite tools for zero waste living

Ok, I say “zero waste” but I’m not perfect! It’s very, very difficult if not impossible to live 100% zero waste in the world at the present time. You can’t, for example, totally avoid plastic. But I do my best, with pleasure. 🙂

I’ve been on this mission for many years now, and my mother before me. I love that so many things I do today remind me of her and my grandmothers, one of whom I never met. But I have a spoon I use for everyday cooking that was hers, and I think of her.

Not everything zero waste has to be new or expensive. 

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite zero waste tools for daily living, in no particular order.

The present and the infinite

Photo by Antonio Gabola

When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity.” —Ancient Hindu Text

Many of my most cherished moments in life have been indescribable. Beyond words and intellect, just 100% happening. But I want to try to talk about them a little bit here.

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