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Hatred is always ugly
Thursday, March 18, 2021      9 comments

In the last few days we've been hearing from various leaders in King County about the nationwide rise in hate crimes against Asian people by idiots who want to blame them for the pandemic. Seriously? That kind of stupidity and ignorance would be... Read more
The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need
Saturday, February 27, 2021      7 comments

That's the bold subtitle of Tracy McCubbin's 2019 organizing book Making Space, Clutter Free. Big thanks to my sister for finding and sharing it. I just picked it up from the library this morning, and loved what she has to say in the introductor... Read more
Pre-sorting Pep Talk
Sunday, February 21, 2021      6 comments

I have struggled with clutter and organization for decades. I know there is a strong link to the childhood abuse, where I had no control over my environment. I'm learning how trauma affects brain function, which can make the process especially c... Read more
Keoni, kitties, and a flopping fish toy
Monday, February 01, 2021      8 comments

I gave a shout out to Amy of BodyFit by Amy some months ago. Now I have to urge you to check out Keoni Tamayo's free YouTube videos. Most are walking workouts, though he has a few ST ones. His shortest was 8 minutes, his longest 1 hour 25 minute... Read more
Challenge, don’t push
Saturday, January 30, 2021      8 comments

I will say up front I refuse to use the Spark People emoticon “Keep Pushing.” I find it triggering and have wanted to explain why in a blog for a while now. I tense up when a YouTube instructor uses those words as well. I get defensive and ... Read more
An open letter to victims of sexual abuse & their loved ones
Thursday, January 14, 2021      11 comments

[In sorting through old papers, I found a copy of a letter I wrote in 2001 to my aunts and cousins. I don’t know if any of them took action based on my urging. When I read the letter to my new therapist last week, we both teared up and she appla... Read more
Let’s make the holidays OK
Wednesday, December 02, 2020      7 comments

I am *really* embracing the concept and goal of doing OK, as opposed to trying (and failing) to do “my best” (because with my brain, I can always imagine a way to improve or do better). Recently I had wanted to go for a walk, but saw it was gett... Read more
Let's Do OK Today
Thursday, November 26, 2020      7 comments

I made a new emoticon from a comment on my previous blog 'Does it have to be my "best"?' (Although when I reread ... 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

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