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by Rachael on July 18, 2014

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama

Coney Island

What I like about this ritual is that it is a ritual: a pattern of behavior that, when practiced skillfully, cultivates the effort that is effortless. This particular ritual is one that I take up and abandon frequently, as my blog archives show.

Right now, it is a practice that I believe will be helpful. I often think of this comment from Lauren: “Every time I have a tough day, I just take a deep breath, grab the camera and observe my little one. I feel like I have a task each week and it helps keep patience and perspective at the forefront of my mind.”

If I commit myself to this task of looking, what will I see?

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Words

by Rachael on June 20, 2014

Reading

Of course I love words, so it’s so very exciting to hear the Gnome saying more and more of them. He even says au revior and à demain when he leaves his day care and can point to la tête, les yeux, le nez, and la bouche.

But at the same time I’m sad that as he learns the common way of saying things, he forgets his way of saying things. “Nee,” for example, has become something like “nrain.” And I miss the hearty, gutteral “LOCK!” that he’d declare as he pointed out the clocks in the great green room in Goodnight Moon.

Of all his current Gnomelogisms, my very, very favorite is his name for our beloved baseball team: Goo Gaas!

Go, Goo Gaas!

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Exceptions to the Rule Are Few

June 9, 2014

Probably I should make a big poster of my recommendations for summer vacation and post it — or several copies of it — in our apartment, and probably the title of the poster should be “Exceptions to the Rule Are Few,” because though in my heart of hearts I know that it is best to […]

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The Good Old Days

June 4, 2014

I often feel nostalgia for the good old days when my little ones were really little, especially when the two-year-old Gnome is up to something that his five-year-old brother once did. I do my best to remind myself not to get lost in my longing for the blurry past. I don’t want miss out on […]

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Making My Luck

May 14, 2014

“The Answer to the Great Question … of Life, the Universe and Everything … is … forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams So far it’s been a fine enough birthday. I took the Gnome to a cafe so that I could write […]

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A Reading

April 24, 2014

The Writers Studio Reading Series Readings by faculty members and master class students LISA BELLAMY REBECCA COONEY LESLEY DORMEN RACHAEL NEVINS CYNTHIA WEINER SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 7 p.m. Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street (between 7th Ave. and Bedford St.), NYC  $7 suggested donation www.writerstudio.com  | 212-255-7075 | writerstudio1@gmail.com *** I selected and completed the work for this reading […]

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Notes for Summer Vacation

April 23, 2014

L’s long break from school has finally come to an end. I wanted it to be good, but it sucked. Every day, a new argument erupted. I think I made it through one day without yelling at anyone, but I’m not sure, because yesterday L tore up my sticker chart. He was angry at me […]

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At Last

April 11, 2014

At last, the daffodils. As I remember it, last year they were already blooming in March. This blog tells me otherwise. Anyway, this year, the wait felt long. I’m working on a book now: slowly, slowly, draft after shitty draft. Eventually, I believe, the effort will bear fruit. Thank goodness that so many things come […]

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Back to the Beginning

March 24, 2014

Last spring I announced a blogging schedule, but in the months that followed, I gradually stopped following the schedule. This year, I’ve posted only occasionally, just as I did in the first couple years of this blog. Though I’d like to commit to a posting schedule — once a week, on Fridays? — I’ve found […]

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Happy Birthday, Little Gnome!

February 25, 2014

Saturday was his birthday, so Grandma and Grandpa came from Connecticut and we went to the New York Transit Museum, because among his favorite things of course are trains, which he calls nee. For an hour or so he ran up and down all the old nee while the rest of us tried to keep […]

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