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Let's Do OK Today
Thursday, November 26, 2020      6 comments

I made a new emoticon from a comment on my previous blog 'Does it have to be my "best"?' (Although when I reread th... Read more
Remaining focused on our priorities and values
Thursday, November 05, 2020      4 comments

I've shared communications before from Dow Constantine, King County Executive (like the mayor for the county--Washington's most populous one, & home to Seattle). Today, 11/4/20, he shared with county employees many excellent and eloquent points.... Read more
Does it have to be “my best”?
Sunday, November 01, 2020      7 comments

I’ve been putting pressure on myself and feeling guilty for not getting more done or making more progress. When I journaled about the feelings, I discovered there was both guilt and shame around not doing enough or doing a better job at the thin... Read more
Letting Go Again
Saturday, October 31, 2020      6 comments

Funny, I’ve been thinking about Halloween—celebrated in Latin America as part of Dias de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead. In pagan tradition too, it is a time for honoring those who have passed. I was thinking to acknowledge my father’s passing... Read more
Getting out of a funk with a great self-help book
Monday, August 17, 2020      6 comments

I just figured out on last Thursday that I’m suffering from burnout. After 5 months of telecommuting, I had to go in to the office to swap out laptops, and was able to read flyers for the few remaining employees. Some of these had tips for self-... Read more
Juneteenth Google Doodle
Friday, June 19, 2020      2 comments

Here's the doodle itself https://www.youtube.com/
e=youtu.be And this tells about making it https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=ipodBEnW9Hk I first learned about Goog... Read more
(Updated) Powerful words on the protests by King County Executive
Tuesday, June 02, 2020      6 comments

In an employee newsletter, we got the full body of Dow Constantine's Twitter from Sunday (used here with permission). "A message from the Exec (Preface: I’m sorry for the many people who gathered to peacefully, earnestly protest injus... Read more
Mental Health Month #4: Supporting Others
Monday, June 01, 2020      4 comments

Yes, it’s a new month, but I figure mental health is always worth discussing, especially during the pandemic with extra fears, changes, and stress. So here is the final blog King County’s wellness group sent to employees: For the last week ... Read more
Racism: Another public health crisis
Saturday, May 30, 2020      7 comments

I don't watch the news; it is too depressing. So I did not recognize the names mentioned in my union's special member email with the subject "PROTEC17 stands for justice. We cannot sit in silence." I admit I don't read everything my union sends... Read more
Mental Health Month #3: Finding safe connection while social distancing
Monday, May 25, 2020      7 comments

Another excellent offering from the King County Balanced You wellness group: Social distancing is one the strongest tools we have to save lives and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Yet for many of us, the practice is difficult; while ... Read more
Mental Health Month #2: Creating Healthy Routines
Sunday, May 17, 2020      7 comments

Again, I am sharing an awesome resource I enjoy as an employee of King County in Washington. Here is a new installment in a series by our Wellness program: "For the second week of Mental Health Month, Balanced You is focusing on the topic “... Read more
Supporting Mental Health
Thursday, May 14, 2020      7 comments

The King County (Washington state, Seattle area) employee newsletter is running a great series here in May, sponsored by the internal wellness program Balanced You. From 5/7: “Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also influ... Read more
Missing Circle Time
Wednesday, May 06, 2020      6 comments

The whole time I was commuting up to Seattle, first with the state, then with my *much* better job with the county, I would journal while waiting for the bus and on my bus ride. So 5 days a week I spent 30-60 minutes to recount accomplishments f... Read more
Earth Day 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020      4 comments

I was in junior high on the first Earth Day in 1970. King County Executive, Dow Constantine was in 2nd grade in West Seattle protesting DDT, as he recalls in this 2-minute video Hope and Inspiration for 50th Earth Day: https://vimeo.co... Read more
What a difference a month makes!
Wednesday, April 01, 2020      7 comments

From 3/1/20 to 4/1/20: I stay inside most of the time, I’ve been telecommuting for 3 weeks now, so it’s not surprising that my weight’s gone up 3 pounds. As a Spark Friend quoted from her local news: “Manatees eat for an average of 8 hours per d... Read more

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