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Stressful Sore and Giving Thanks

Lily Chang © 2018I guess I need to relax and take it easy more.  Seems easier said than done. I'm going to start by pausing more frequently to be thankful. Here's my gratitude list, without the bells and whistles: Finding dairy-free (fair trade) chocolate. All my kiddos could enjoy some s'mores.Seeing a blacksmith work.Getting a… Continue reading Stressful Sore and Giving Thanks

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Lula Rose General Store

This coffee shop — Lula Rose General Store — amongst other places, had been recommended by a guy last week, when he found out I'm checking out local coffee shops. I had hoped to find out some life stories from the barista working the coffee bar. That desire was dashed, when I saw how busy… Continue reading Lula Rose General Store

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Autumn Snow in Colorado

Yesterday's high was in the upper 60s. Today's was 28 degrees (Fahrenheit), with snow, beginning with sleet late last night. That schizophrenic weather's pretty standard here in Colorado, starting in the autumn, continuing through the winter, and going all the way to the end of spring. What I'm not used to is, driving on ice,… Continue reading Autumn Snow in Colorado

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Conversation in Community

Before I was cast into the throws of the harshness and cruelness of reality, I loved chatting with people. A goal is to rekindle that love of talking with others and hearing their life stories. I might have mentioned here that I'm visiting at least one new (new to me, anyways) coffee shop a week.… Continue reading Conversation in Community

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Radiant Paragon of Beauty

I was doing a photo shoot during the sound check for "Femme Fatale," performed by the YAO (Young Artist Orchestra), a part of the DYAO (Denver Young Artist Orchestra). Lily Chang © 2018 Hearing and watching young musicians preparing for the first big concert of the season was inspiring and wonderful. It was a joy… Continue reading Radiant Paragon of Beauty

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Botanical Beauty

As a writer, I'm still learning to provide enough details in a setting so the reader can easily join the protagonist wherever she or he is. One way I practice this is to be mindful of my surroundings and notice what is around me. The more details I notice, the better. Colors, particularly ones that… Continue reading Botanical Beauty

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Not Small and Insignificant

It's been a week, mixed with unpredictable joy, frustration, anxiety, discouragement, and inspiration. Seems to be a good time to reflect on gratitude. This week, I'm thankful for: A heavy blanket of clouds in the sky early this morning that prevented the sun from blinding me or rendering me incapable of seeing cars or traffic… Continue reading Not Small and Insignificant