Annette

Single mother of 6, mistress of none.]

Steady Beat: The heartbeat of the universe

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Unfold your heart.
Sharpen your ears.
And never say no to the world when it asks you to dance.
~Tahereh Mafi, Furthermore

Steady Beat

From the time your baby was born, you probably held them to your chest and the two of you felt the beating of one another’s hearts. As you relaxed into one another, you began to match breath for breath, creating a sense of peace and calm for you both. You instinctually patted a gentle steady beat on your baby’s diapered bum, or rocked slowly to a steady rhythm that only you could hear. Steady beat begins with your baby hearing your heartbeat in the womb and its importance is carried with them throughout their whole life. Experiencing steady beat with your child and, later, allowing them to explore and create steady beat themselves is a foundational skill that can be build upon throughout their lives.

Owls for Autumn! (part one)

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Always, we begin again.

Yesterday, I had a whole lovely blog post about owls… and my WordPress ate it. It was all rather frustrating, as it took almost three times as long as the amount of time I had carved out for it, and so I decided to walk away for a little and try again today. As I tell my children, it is ok to walk away from something if it is frustrating you. That gives you space to decide what to do next. And so… here we are. Owls. Take two.

Autumn Nature Table

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Calendar of the Soul

[October 07, 2018 – October 13, 2018]

Twenty-eighth Week

I can, in newly quickened inner life,
Sense wide horizons in myself.
The force and radiance of my thought —
Coming from soul’s sun power —
Can solve the mysteries of life,
And grant fulfillment now to wishes
Whose wings have long been lamed by hope.

autumn leaf

(From Calendar of the Soul, Week 28, translation  by Ruth and Hans Pusch)

Head, heart, and hands.

Thinking, feeling, and doing.

New Beginnings and a Sale!

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I’ve always found so many opportunities for new beginning throughout the year– the first day of each new season, New Year’s Day, of course, Advent, which is traditionally seen as the beginning of the church year, every new month, every new week– so many chances to start again!

There have been lots of new beginnings for us over the past few weeks. My birthday was a week ago. I turned 46, and it hit me hard. I spent 5 days in New York City, wandering about, thinking about life, and seeing lots and lots of shows. I saw The Saintliness of Margery Kempe, Mean Girls, School of Rock, Anastasia, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Autumn Relaunch!

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Summer Collage

To me, autumn has always been a time of new beginnings. As summer begins to cool down and the earth starts to settle, it’s a time for making plans and settling in.

I am making plans to blog again, and would like to start things off with a thank you to my readers. Today through Wednesday August 10, you can get my Autumn e-book for only $10. And, as an additional bonus, I will throw in the Martinmas e-book for free!

This offering is limited, although I have another special coming up for my birthday as well. You must use this button to get the special autumn offer.

Big Plans, Big Trip!

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I don’t think I blogged about it, but right before Michael (remember little Michael?!?!?) went off to college, he and I went on a trip to Disney World. We saw all four parks in our time there, and it was a wonderful relaxing time. I’d like to think we made some amazing memories, and it was so good to bond with him before he went away. I miss him terribly.

At one point, I looked at him and said “You know, IiPiccy-collage wish I could have afforded to bring you all here when you were little. As much fun as we’re having, it would be so awesome to see the look of wonder and experience the park through a small child’s eyes.”

Teaching Peace

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Originally, the post I had planned for today was how to celebrate feasts and festivals without appropriating culture. That still may come. But I woke up this morning to the news of (yet another) mass shooting and, as a good friend of mine pointed out on Facebook, for the fifth time in my life saw headlines declaring it the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. And I wept.

Michaelmas Plans

Dragon drawing from www.chalkboarddrawing.org
Dragon drawing from www.chalkboarddrawing.org

Blessed Michaelmas! Technically, Michaelmas (or the Feast of St. Michael) is today, September 29. For us, it is also Nicholas’s birthday, so we will be celebrating Saturday. We’re not 100% certain what we’ll be doing, but some ideas include…

  • Making a blackberry pie. Legend has it that you shouldn’t eat blackberries after Michaelmas because the devil spat on them when he was cast out of heaven. I’m not so sure about that, but blackberries are always yummy. Even on the keto diet, I can probably have some blackberries and clotted cream, or I could try low-carb blueberry cobbler (but with blackberries!) or low-carb berry cheesepie, which looks delicious.
autumn leaf

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We saw our first autumn leaves while walking to the bus stop this morning, and I thought of this traditional poem.

Yellow the bracken,
Golden the sheaves,
Rosy the apples,
Crimson the leaves.
Mist on the hillside,
Clouds grey and white.
Autumn, good morning!
Summer, good night!