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by Rachael on July 25, 2014

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama

Sleeping on the floor

For something like a year now, cosleeping with the Gnome has looked much like this. Perhaps we should get him a harder mattress.

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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

June 20, 2014

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 […]

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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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