Muscle memory

Zaimu Challenge
If you don't use it, you lose it. People say this often about second language learning, and really, most everything except riding a bicycle. It's true, too, about blogging. For years I had a regular blogging practice, changing format, tone and location whenever I was ready for a change. In the past couple of years, my blogging has gotten more sporadic after dramatic shifts in my daily routines. Sometimes I miss it, but I'm not quite sure what to say. So I think about blogging, but leave the page blank. Beginning April 28, I started a blogging challenge. My goal is to blog something every day through early June. The early going has proven as challenging as I expected it might be. I do expect as time goes on, I'll write…
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Tune In

sickness, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
I have DVD programs for cardio, strength training, and yoga, and I've relied on these for years. On running days, I wake up and I jog the same trail, albeit different distances, on a regular basis. There are good reasons to avoid the same routines and paths, but I embrace the repetition. Today was a strength day, so I whipped out my barbell set and selected a DVD from my strength program. The workout was surprisingly easy. When I am well, I can finish the hour-long program in an hour.  I compare that to two days ago, when I was in the early stages of recovering from a cold. Fatigued, and probably a little behind on calories, I had to stop every 5-10 minutes for a short break. Tuesday's hour-long workout took more like…
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The view from my window

Personal Narrative
[caption id="attachment_3020" align="aligncenter" width="225"] A windfarm in Indiana.[/caption] I'm with Blue and the kids in Indiana. We're up here for his family reunion. Lots has been going on in the past several weeks, but all of my writing about it has been private, thus far. It's time to start blogging again and I have a few updates coming soon. Today I just wanted to peek in and wave hello. Hello!
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In the home stretch

30 Day Blog Challenge
It's always an interesting exercise to blog every day for 30 days. As the month wears on, it gets alternately easier and more challenging. Mostly easier. I look back and realize there were a couple of interesting posts in the jumble of freewrites, last-minute entries, and comments on other people's writing. That's nice to see. I have a little over a week in this particular challenge, and as usual, I'm thinking about my public vs. private writing. The things I want to write about and the things I end up blogging are often different. I have mixed feelings about this. But as this is my fourth time engaging in this sort of daily blogging practice and my findings have been the same each time, I'm going to act on the…
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Midway check-in

30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 in 30 April
Blue skies swirl to pink lights. Fade to gray. It's dusk. I missed the blood moon eclipse last night, but I'm enjoying the sunset tonight. I've been sweeping away cobwebs, opening taps, stretching writing muscles. This is blog entry #15 in 15 days, and as usual, I'm glad I opted for the challenge. Also as usual, there are pros and cons to posting every day. But the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and I'm glad to get back into a writing rhythm. I've tried different approaches, but none seem to work as well as writing everyday. Writing everyday doesn't mean publishing my writing everyday, and that's the balance I'll work on once we enter May. For now, I shall continue with my daily entries. To strive even higher, to do even…
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April Fool Freewrite

30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 in 30 April
There's been a lot on my mind in recent weeks. Days. Hours. Even just now as I started to write this entry, I decided against any number of topics and decided to simply say hello. Hello! I'm being indecisive, but I'm almost sure this is my first entry in another #30in30. Once in a while I challenge myself to blog every day for a month. Here are the entries from my previous forays. Generally I decide on a whim and just go for it. I've felt a little stuck with my writing lately. No shortage of ideas, but time is at a premium as of late. Maybe this will help me work around and through a few things. Here's to the ride. You coming along?  
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New Year’s Eve

Personal Narrative, Text Talk
It's here. The last day of 2013. Can you believe it? I awoke to find an email from WordPress, detailing the milestones and stats for the year. My top posts included a brief remembrance of my mother, Marla's narrative on living with lupus, and the introduction of the Joy Jar - a beautiful idea I may revisit in the coming year. I also began writing about sexual violence and I spent a good deal of time pondering a theory of love, something I plan to do a great deal more of in 2014. My thinking and writing are always evolving and it's enlightening to see what resonates from month to month and year to year. I hope you'll continue to join me on the journey. Wherever you are in space and time,…
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Last, but not least

30 Day Blog Challenge
I debated yesterday and today about what kind of entry I would write for my last 30in30 this month. I wondered if it would be a roundup of the top posts of the month. I considered featuring my favorite posts. I pondered whether or not to share my my girlfriend's story about lupus (spoiler alert: coming soon). Today during dinner, there were unexpected fireworks. I thought about posting that story, including the fact that several patrons ran out onto the balcony just to witness the display.  We all clapped at the finale. But the truth is, I'm sleepy. It's past my bedtime and I'm just happy I made it through another challenge. As always, I learned a lot about myself and my life during the past 30 days. I'm in…
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Thankful Thursday

30 Day Blog Challenge
#ThankfulThursday y'all! Health& healing, the brand new lil person who sings below me, music & the way it moves, the gift of song @ndcollier — Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) September 26, 2013 The past several Thursdays, I've seen Anika tweet simple gratitudes. As I was sitting here admiring today's gorgeous weather, I thought it might be nice to do a couple. After days of clouds and rain, I'm overjoyed about the sunshine, and thankful I can enjoy it. I was able to run this morning and witness the dawning of a new day. I'm thankful for my good health. She's on my mind a lot because her birthday is tomorrow...I'm thankful for my mom, RIP. I'm happy for  the chance to reflect upon and learn from past choices. I'm thankful for evolution.…
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Other ways to serve

30 Day Blog Challenge, Politics, News & Notable
Prompt from BlogHer NaBloPoMo: Would you ever want to run for public office? Why or why not? No, I don't have interest in holding public office, much less going through the stress of running. That being said, I am interested in politics and I would consider being more involved in the political process if the opportunity arose. It's been on my mind a lot lately: What is the best way to get progressive women involved in local politics? And not just involved, but have a fighting shot? #p2 #fem2 — nicole means victory (@ndcollier) September 15, 2013 I'm not a PR person (despite my first job out of undergrad). But I do think smart, progressive women need a voice in local government. — nicole means victory (@ndcollier) September 15, 2013…
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