Category Archives: Cultivating Joy

  1. Helpful Truths for Winter Break

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    January 3, 2020 by Julia

    This year, the day after Christmas, after reading my ‘notes to self’ from last year during winter break, I decided …
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  2. THE BIG MOVE

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    October 16, 2019 by Julia

    They say moving is stressful, and they are right. We moved for the first time with kids, after thirteen years …
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  3. Oh the Humanity of House Hunting!

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    May 24, 2019 by Julia

      We are currently in the quagmire of contracts and big financial decisions concerning our upcoming move to a new …
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  4. Lessons from the Land of the Temporarily Disabled

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    March 14, 2019 by Julia

    I broke my left arm while roller skating a week and a half ago. It happened on the rug that …
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  5. Wisdom Collection

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    December 21, 2018 by Julia

    I may be slightly annoying in conversation, pulling out bits of research or relevant articles like index cards whenever the talk takes an insightful turn. (I have a running joke with a friend of mine that she starts every other sentence with, “I heard on NPR that…” and I start mine with, “I read somewhere that…”.) In truth, these are often my favorite kinds of conversations. But I don’t believe that I actually know any more or less than anyone else – wisdom is a pretty relative trait, a hard thing to quantify. Besides, we must need different kinds of wisdom for our different lives. My wisdom collecting works for my life; it may not fit yours.

  6. A General Sense of Okay-ness

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    August 23, 2018 by Julia

      There has been a general sense of okay-ness hovering around me, which is all I’ve wished for during times …
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  7. Doing Better

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    July 13, 2018 by Julia

    I can always do better. And maybe that is okay. It’s not an indictment of my character, or a wallowing …
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  8. Faith vs. the Four Ds of Despair

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    June 15, 2018 by Julia

    Like many people, my husband and I were stunned by Anthony Bourdain’s suicide last week. We’ve been watching his shows …
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  9. Weaving Your Safety Net

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    March 20, 2018 by Julia

    At times I have trouble just relaxing. But I still need to do it, even if I don’t enjoy it …
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  10. Take Heart

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    December 15, 2017 by Julia

        I’ve read enough self-help books to know that there can’t be one formula for well-being, but I do …
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