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Big Dog September 27, 2011

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My childhood dog Kona. Recently found this photo taken circa 1979.

The day was sunny, but it wasn’t sunny in my heart. Kona was excited. Big tongue hanging out of his mouth, tail wagging. For all he knew he was going off on another adventure.

Our family friend, Matt, always took Kona for rides on the back of his motorcycle. No motor cycle ride today. Matt hoisted Kona’s dog house to the back of his El Camino, Kona jumped in, no idea he was moving out to the country. For good.

City life wasn’t working for this St. Bernard – Collie mix. He needed space. He needed something else to chase besides cars.

Years before when my parents were still married my oldest sister came home one night with Kona.  She was walking the beach with a girlfriend. They told the owner walking Kona how cute the dog was and next thing you know my teenage sister had a new dog. She eventually moved out, so did my dad.

In the void of one less sister and a father no longer in the house, there was this big dog. Kona slept on my bed – I didn’t care that he took up most of the space.

His floppy ears and big smiling face fill the picture I am holding now. A 30 something year old picture that holds memories I’d forgotten.

After the snap shot was taken, I never saw Kona again. But the place he held in my heart has been rediscovered. Like finding a present under the tree, days after Christmas.

by J.G. McGlothern

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Monday’s Random Thought: Fun September 26, 2011

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Fun is fundamental, says the quote by Doug Hall on my fridge.

On a rainy Monday this thought may seem far reaching. Come on, see how far you can stretch, I dare you.

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Acceleration September 24, 2011

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I pretty much have two speeds. On and off. I go, go, go until I hit the pillow at night. It’s how I operate.

The other morning in yoga, the instructor suggested starting off slow in a pose. Instead of going 100% from the start, he suggested starting at 50 or 75% then at the end of the pose give it your all, max out past 100% even.

I played with that. It worked. I had more energy, I went even further.

Hmmmm. Something to play with in real life perhaps?

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Friday’s Free Refill September 23, 2011

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For Friday’s Blog on my website please go to … www.mamaneedsarefill.com to read … http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com/2011/09/fridays-free-refill-sip/

Thanks and Happy Friday, Happy Reading!

 

 

Thanks September 21, 2011

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At the end of yoga class this morning a student hollered out, Happy International Gratitude Day.

The instructor didn’t miss a beat, Yes, thank you for that reminder, and with that we can take an extra moment here at the end of class, to be grateful.

I had a whole other blog I wrote in my head during class.

I am putting that thought on hold to say, Thank you for those who found their way to my blog by accident, on purpose or because you know me and so you choose to become a faithful reader. Thank you for this hot Italian sausage soup as it warms me inside and out. I am aware of how much I forget to be grateful and how appreciative I am for the subtle reminder from a stranger.

Thank you for the sky, the moon, the light of day, the sweetness of night. Thank you for friends, family and strangers who can lead us right to where we need to be.

I will include links to previous blogs I have written in the past about gratitude.

I may not know you, I may know you well, whomever you are, thank you for taking a moment of your day to read this post. Before there was a post, there was a blank page and for that I am truly grateful.

If you don’t do anything today but be grateful you have done more than many.

 

https://heartwriter.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/thank-you-gratitude-part-i/

https://heartwriter.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/salt-in-a-glass-instead-gratitude-part-ii/

https://heartwriter.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/in-the-cards-gratitude-part-iii/

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Rearrange September 19, 2011

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It’s amazing the shift that can happen when you rearrange some furniture and pass on things you no longer use.

Yesterday we were given a couch we didn’t really need. We weren’t looking for a new couch. But this one fell in our laps. With the new couch moving into the living room other things had to move out. An honest examining of what do we really use had to take place.  Some things needed to move into another room or be passed on to someone else.

At first there was resistance, not everyone wanted this change initially. In the end all four of us, oh the dog, too welcomed the new living room arrangement.

The change allowed for new space to open up, a fresh outlook.

You should know me well enough by now, to know, I am not just talking about furniture.  When we make space for something, you may get a new piece of furniture, but you may discover something even more valuable.

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Queen to Risk September 16, 2011

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Kevin Kline, who is even sexier with his grey beard and French accent in the French sub-titled film, Queen to Play, than he is in The Big Chill, had me at “risk”.

I love the game of chess and play it because I am not that good at it.  Yes, you heard me correctly. Not that good. I want to get good at it. So I show up online and play three people in my life, my brother-in-law, my mother and my girlfriend who is new to the game, but good. And through this practice I am getting better, indeed. Chess is all about thinking a few moves ahead of the game. I am more of a move by the seat of my pants gal, so I play because I want to posses this kind of thinking. I want to grasp the knowledge of thinking beyond what is in front of me.

The queen is the most powerful piece in the game, she can move and capture in all directions. It is rare that one can win a game without her on the board.

In this delightful film, Kevin’s character says to the woman wanting to learn how to play chess, “By taking risks you might lose, but if you don’t, you always lose.”

We forget that part in life. We play it safe shielding our queen with pawns and knights fearful to bring her out in the open, playing it safe. In chess, like in life, if we take risks with her, try new angles, sample different moves we just may discover a new way to win and that may have nothing to do with putting your opponent in check-mate.

by J.G. McGlothern