Category Archives: Living Skillfully

Ideas, thoughts, musings, ramblings related to quality of life. (Ever-so-slightly less random than Random Thoughts!)

PTSD

I’m proposing a new addition to the DSM V or VI or VII or whatever number we are up to at this point. Below I’ve enumerated the classic PTSD symptom criteria in the DSM-5. Then, in a nice bold, bright … Continue reading

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Morning

So, morning it is, and a grey one at that. It’s very grounding, for me, to begin my morning (when I have the time) with 15-minutes of pen-on-paper. The soothing scratch brings me to myself, as I settle into the … Continue reading

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Kindness?

As I did some free writing this morning, decrying the destructiveness of Trump and those who enable him, I ended in an odd place. My words carried me, unwillingly, I might add, to the shores of Kindness. I should probably … Continue reading

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Boundaries

I actually wanted to avoid writing about boundaries today, but the topic wouldn’t go away, so here I am. So, by boundaries I don’t mean anything like Trump’s absurd and over-hyped wall. Yes, boundaries are about drawing lines and keeping … Continue reading

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It’s Here!

So, it arrived earlier than expected and now comes the part where I need to start using it. How will that go? What will I write? I am intimidated by the bullet journal, wanting it to be somehow perfect, rather … Continue reading

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My Fitbit Stopped Syncing (And I Couldn’t Find Peace)

Sadly, this title is true. It’s how I am about certain things. I notice a problem and I just can’t let it go until I have figured it out and fixed it. This, unfortunately, isn’t true of all things. For … Continue reading

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Small, Simple Steps

There was a time when I found lots of ‘stuff’ somehow comforting. But no more. At this stage of my life, I find myself very drawn to culling, tidying, and divesting. Unfortunately, I am still drawn to gadgets. More often … Continue reading

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The Writing Habit

I’ve never (until fairly recently) bought into the idea that practice is important. My life just didn’t lend itself to sustained effort. There were too many interruptions in a volatile household. And the things that spelled success in school came … Continue reading

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Birdsong

Several mornings lately I’ve heard a familiar birdsong as I’ve walked to my car. Not yesterday, mind you, since it was well below zero and no wildlife was making even a peep. But other than yesterday, my avian friend greeted … Continue reading

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Good Grief

I’m coming up on the 44th anniversary of my mother’s death on January 19. When she died I was 22 years old and had just graduated from college the spring before. And looking at those numbers, it strikes me that, … Continue reading

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