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We are our own seers.

Alyce Sorokie, the author of Gut Wisdom, Understanding and Improving Digestive Health, shared a powerful poem during a presentation I attended in Chicago. I’d like to share it with you. Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It…

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More About the Flew.

More About the Flew A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the effects of moving the air about within the dogs flew. Let’s bring this home. Let’s take this topic from hypothetical musing to real life application. Exercise Do this little exercise: close your mouth. Move the air from behind your teeth to in…

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Trying to Make Sense of Lola’s Transition

Trying to Make Sense of Lola’s Transition Yin – yang dynamics We talk about yin and yang a lot. The yin – yang dynamic is a description of disease and health, death and life, and how one cannot exist without the other. There is no up without a corresponding down, dry without moist, heat without…

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What do your dogs feel in PetMassage?

What do your dogs feel in PetMassage? With PetMassage Myofascial Release there is no consistent answer. It is like asking you to imagine the color blue. What you visualize will be very different from what I think I see. And, each aspect of blue will have a different set of emotional interpretations, tags and strings.…

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Scholarship offer

Scholarship offer We are excited to offer an essay contest for two $300 scholarships which are to be applied toward your PetMassage Foundation Level workshop fees. This can be applied to any workshop in 2017. The Corvin Scholarship is named after Shannon McCabe’s family dog who is vital and loving, just as your PetMassage vocation…

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You are Right

You are Right Baseball: Who’s on First? The World Series is playing. It’s the Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians. I’m watching it on TV. Wrigley Field in Chicago is a scene of otherworldly angst and enchantment. The fans are captivated. The outcome of the game will determine their collective destiny. Are they perennial losers, or…

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Transitions PetMassage

Transitions PetMassage Letters ten yards high During our recent PetMassage Advanced Workshop, when I introduced the subject of Transitions PetMassage, I could feel the students’ anxiety rise around the table. The term TRANSITIONS in big bold letters reared up before us. The letters were ten yards high, pulsing, throbbing, overwhelmed us.They were screaming and unavoidable.…

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Attend the Foundation Workshop to Learn Canine PetMassageTM

Attend the Foundation Workshop to Learn Canine PetMassageTM What to expect when you attend a PetMassage Foundation Level hands-on workshop   This is one of the most often requested pieces of information about our training. We understand that making a commitment to attend a school away from your home town; and making a commitment to…

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We had quite a scare

We had quite a scare  DNR, Do Not Resuscitate   I had a Healing Touch session last week during which the abbreviation “DNR” surfaced to my conscious awareness. I heard the letters spoken in my inner ear and saw them in capital letters in my mind’s eye. Why was I thinking about “Do Not Resuscitate.”…

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Inspiration: Where does it come from?

Inspiration: Where does it come from? What’s that sound? Moving your hands over the dog, you listen. You are open to hearing the faint stream of suggestions that will help you make sense of what you feel and the best way to respond.  Sometimes when giving a PetMassageTM one feels the presence of kindred spirits. These…

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PetMassage Due Diligence

PetMassageTM Due Diligence A student’s quest A student in our last PetMassage Foundation level workshop shared with me that, once she had decided to learn canine massage, she spent considerable time and effort choosing the school she would attend. She read and researched everything she could find online about all the schools that offer training.…

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Integrating PetMassage with veterinary care

Integrating PetMassageTM with veterinary care We are so different and so alike Listening to myself describe how PetMassage integrates with veterinary medicine at the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) conference I heard myself offer a perspective I hadn’t previously considered. Besides providing a way for dogs to relax and find their visit to the…

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Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood Over the past 20 years Anastasia and I have had several challenging times keeping PetMassageTM going.  Each time we would ask ourselves, would we be as fulfilled if we were working for someone else, or ought we to continue developing our own vision and mission?    Self-realization and actualization   We remember the…

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Tiny “fix,” big adjustment

Tiny “fix,” big adjustment Tiny fixes for quick relief Tiny fixes provide quick relief and make a huge difference in my quality of life. When I’m thirsty, it’s all I can think about. A tiny sip of water, and my mouth and throat are no longer parched. When my thirst is quenched, I can turn…

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Hand positions

Hand positions Think about your hands Your hands are the part of your body that touches the dog. They discharge the energy drawn up from the earth, processed through your filters that are transformers and regulators of your intention. The manner in which you hold your hands has an effect on the way your intention…

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Summertime in Ohio, and the living is intuitive

Summertime in Ohio, and the living is intuitive Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy Our boxers love to lie in the sunlight. Inside, they will seek out any shaft of light, even the jagged slice streaming through the edge of closed window blinds. In the yard outside, they have favorite areas where they snooze…

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Daddy’s home

Daddy’s home As Lola. Camille. and I amble past a house on our evening walk,  we notice a young woman and her little person gardening in a side yard. A green VW beetle pulls into the driveway. The little one drops what he’s holding, turns, and runs toward the car shouting in the sweetest little…

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Space for another piano

Space for another piano Twenty years ago, I bought a beautiful old baby grand piano. It has a soft, rich voice. I’ve enjoyed playing it. “Playing” being the appropriate description of what I do with the piano. I sit down to play and I never know what the music will be.  I don’t follow music…

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Intimacy in Canine Massage

Intimacy in Canine Massage Hey! You talkin’ t’ me? When you go to a party, who do you greet first, and hang out with the most: the dogs or the people? With other people, we are self-protective. We’d rather not share some of our stories. Some experiences are meant to stay private. We’d also really…

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One hundred naked birds smile

One hundred naked birds smile Birds of a feather I watched a huge flock of birds descend upon a tree in our neighbor’s yard. Sections of the tree are bare; its branches infested with delicious fowl-tasty vermin. Word, or chirp, had spread. It was a fabulously turned out buffet.  Ravenous insectivores appeared from all directions.…

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Podcast My insightful interview with “Work from Your Happy Place” host Belinda Ellsworth is available NOW! I talk with Belinda about my inspiration to create PetMassage, my passion for teaching and sharing what I’ve learned, and hopefully inspire you to follow your bliss, too. Visit iTunes and search Happy Place to find the podcast or…

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Kind and Gentle is Fundamental

Kind and Gentle is Fundamental Interview Cancelled The morning of July 11th I was scheduled to be on TV, to talk about PetMassage for Dogs Day. As we were heading out the door to the interview, I checked my phone. A text appeared. The interview was cancelled because the reporter had been called to cover a shooting in…

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Learning PetMassage is like learning a new language

Learning PetMassageTM is like learning a new language PetMassageTM is a journey.  The goal of the PetMassage Advanced workshop, is to take the Foundation Practitioner’s level of expertise and capacity to help dogs to the higher level. Advanced workshop students learn additional skills, and more intensive applications of skills they mastered in their Foundation training. They…

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The Reveal

The Reveal Fixer Upper Formula for Success   Anastasia and I enjoy watching the “reveal” on the show Fixer Upper on HGTV. We eagerly look forward to seeing what plans, skills, and diligence they can produce. The show has a formula: the choices, the decision, the demolition phase, the design plan, the effort phase, which…

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Exhibition Booth Design Elements, Part 2

Exhibition Booth Design Elements, Part 2 Your Booth Design is based on your Intention What is the purpose for your booth? Again, it is about having a clear, simple message. Your booth could be purely informational. Your booth could be a sales room to promote and market your products, such as private sessions, instruction, books,…

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Anatomy of a successful trade show booth and show

 Anatomy of a successful trade show booth and show  To Market, To Market Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Now is the perfect time to market your canine massage. There are all kinds of venues from agility competitions to county fairs; the opportunities are abundant.   Canine massage is becoming ever more popular. Most dog…

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Marking Territory: Signs, Signals, Methods, and Value Added

Marking Territory: Signs, Signals, Methods, and Value Added Marking Territory, Signs, Signals, Methods As a species we have found that we need to leave a mark to show where we’ve been. Apollo astronauts left an American flag on the moon. “We’ve been here,” it says. The flag is a symbol of accomplishment, exploration, discovery, dominance,…

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With Puppies, Keep Expectations and Protocols in Check

With Puppies, Keep Expectations and Protocols in Check Puppies get PetMassageTM Last weekend, I had the opportunity to PetMassageTM several 4 week young Old English Sheep Dog puppies from a litter of eight. The sessions were brief and simple. Small words and short sentences. One responded well to rocking, another, to skin rolling, another to…

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Foundation Level Students Loved the Workshop Experience

Foundation Level Students Loved the Workshop Experience Students shared their feelings    We just finished another Foundation level workshop. While all classes are great, this class was a real joy and privilege to facilitate. There were 6 students. Everyone was focused on her own intent and completely supportive and accepting of everyone else. Everyone came…

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Listening as an Act of Love

Listening as an Act of Love Interview “On Being” hosted by Krista Tippett Sunday mornings in our house involves the ritual of gathering around the radio, waiting until 5 minutes after 10 AM, when the dreadful news is over, and listening with eager anticipation to the NPR program, “On Being” hosted by Krista Tippett. I have gotten…

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Dousing: Muscle testing in PetMassage

Dousing: Muscle testing in PetMassageTM Limited uses for muscle testing While the muscle testing techniques described last week are good for personal dilemmas, like whether to order the cheesecake or the chocolate lava with ice cream, whether to lease a BMW or a Lexus, or choosing between two brands of supplements, or selecting the best…

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Muscle testing

Muscle testing   Natural remedies Anastasia and I were in a natural medicine shop looking for some natural type remedies that could enhance my life. I looked around at all the shelves and daunting rows of similar sized and shaped bottles with names I didn’t recognize. I must have given her my look of dizzy…

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All aboard

All aboard  Last weekend I witnessed joy. My 12 year old granddaughter Lydia, on stage, playing Annie, spread her little arms, lifted her face to the front lights, and sang out loud and true, “Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow. You’re only a daaaaay a-waaaaaaaaaay …” She was absolutely in the zone. She had found…

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Acts of Kindness, Paid Forward: Random and Planned Randomness

Acts of Kindness, Paid Forward: Random and Planned Randomness Gifted Recently, Anastasia and I were having dinner at one of the restaurants that is described in the travel books as $$. When we asked for our check at the end of the meal, we were informed that someone who we did not know had already…

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Upgrading the public image

Upgrading the public image Last month, I had 2 articles published in Massage Magazine print version and online. https://www.massagemag.com/6-essentials-for-equine-massage-marketing-success-34781/ https://www.massagemag.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/238lr-spread.pdf I noted with a bit of shaken ego that the photo I had provided for their Contributors Page was a fuzzy, discolored, cropped image of a larger photo that we’d taken with an iPhone. It…

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Lola says “Oh Look: Squirrel,” and then…

Lola says “Oh Look: Squirrel,” and then… Easter Sunday Perfect Spring like weather. Sun shining in a pale blue cloudless sky. New green leaves of the forsythia dance in the breeze. Tiny white crocus flowers randomly dot the mulch. New orange buds on the tree branches are ready to burst. The morning temperature is cool,…

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Perfection

Perfection Rainbow Eagle I recently had an opportunity to reconnect with a friend of mine who also happens to be a powerful resource of ancient Native American wisdom. He is an Elder of the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation who travels the world, teaching, learning and integrating the information that is shared with him. He has been…

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Puppy PetMassage demonstration video

Puppy PetMassageTM demonstration video Foundation Level class at Toledo/Northwest Ohio Area Humane Society On the final day of each Foundation Level class we go to the Toledo/Northwest Ohio Area Humane Society and give complimentary PetMassageTM sessions to the dogs who are there as temporary residents. It is a great experience for the students. It is…

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Time flies like an arrow.

Time flies like an arrow Daylight Saving Time This weekend we will be having our semiannual time change to Daylight Saving Time. For those of us who live in cooler climates of the United States, it is spring, so we reset our clocks one hour ahead and spring forward. Dog time; it’s a good time…

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Just do it, already.

Just do it, already.  Have you been reading these weekly newsletters for awhile? Every workshop, we ask people why they chose to take their training in canine massage with PetMassageTM. They tell us that they have been reading these weekly newsletters for years and have just been waiting for the right time to take their…

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Your PetMassage practice began long ago.

Your PetMassage practice began long ago. Your PetMassageTM Way back when you were still in your pre-preverbal mode, you made the choice to help dogs enhance the quality of their lives. You decided to have the experiences and the quality of thought, and do all the things that would eventually position you to learn PetMassageTM…

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RVTs and Veterinarians PetMassage

RVTs and Veterinarians PetMassageTM Dr. Marty Becker has been encouraging you to strive to make your veterinary practice more “fear-free.” You’ve tried kneeling on the floor with your patients, greeting them at their level when they enter your clinic. You’ve tried changing your apparel so that it doesn’t have the “white coat” effect on staff,…

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Pearly Gaits: You and Dogs Moving Balanced and Confident

Pearly Gaits: You and Dogs Moving Balanced and Confident Confidence and balance There is a connection between the confidence and balance of the handler/PetMassageTM practitioner and the confidence and balance of dog. In the show ring, the handler and dog must have a strong bond to be successful. If the handler is sick, nervous, unsure,…

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6th chakra: the sensory chakra

6th chakra: the sensory chakra   The traditional set of chakras for humans does not include this chakra. This energy field is significant for all of us: people and dogs. It is unrecognized in the human chakra organization that we have learned. We’ve been taught that there are seven major chakras. And that is correct…

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Moving to the beat of the heart

Moving to the beat of the heart Chakras 1-3 and 4 Last week we discussed the lower three chakras. The lower three are the foundation for maintaining life. As we move up your dog’s chakras, the higher we go, they become more and more connected and responsive to cognitive, reasoned and spiritually intuitive function. The…

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Chakras in your PetMassage practice: Releasing Creativity

Chakras in your PetMassageTM practice: Releasing Creativity Lower 3 chakras The lower 3 chakras are the foundation for the life force and healthfulness. If they are not fully functioning, balance, harmony, ease of movement, aka wellness cannot happen above them. Your body’s energy mechanics are a projection, a manifestation, of your creativity. Your energetic position…

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Going to a Happy Place

Going to a Happy Place I’m requested to meditate. During a recent Reflexology session I was asked to go to a happy place; that is, to meditate, while I was being grounded out. We all have happy places. Events, snapshots of times when we felt loved, protected, on purpose, one with everything. In times past…

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In the New Year, take control; take leadership of the journey

In the New Year, take control; take leadership of the journey The PetMassageTM lessons help you understand and take control of yourself so that you can develop a confidence, comfort and strength. From this platform, you can control the world. Leadership Developing and maintaining leadership is all about 1 Controlling and developing awareness to foster…

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News flash: Hokkaido Garden

News flash: Hokkaido Garden The news we are told Oh, the weather outside is frightful… It is so easy to be lured into the lurid and scary mass media hysteria. It is easy to believe what we’re told is happening in the world. It’s sometimes difficult to turn off and tune out the negativity set…

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Outlines, an experience in contrasts

Outlines, an experience in contrasts We ran into a dilemma while creating the rolling titles for a new YouTube that will be downloadable from the website in January. The font I chose for the titles is Arial and its color is white. And while it shows up nicely when it is rolling over a dark…

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Shadows and shinies

Shadows and shinies Soften your eyes to know where to focus – or if you don’t look, you are probably missing a lot. Hold your hand in front of your face with your thumb up. Focus on your thumbnail and notice how everything behind it is out of focus. Now, lower your hand keeping your…

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement One of your greatest resources is your business. So, this is the time to look at your Mission Statement to make sure that you are still on the right track. If you are not, rewrite it. Make it your declaration of who you see yourself being. Make it your declaration of what you…

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Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful.

Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful. In her book, How of Happiness , Sonja Lyubomirsky shares research that shows that maintaining a physical, written gratitude list lightens up your life. http://www.amazon.com/The-How-Happiness-Approach-Getting/dp/0143114956 Documenting makes your thoughts concrete; real and actionable. As you practice writing your gratitude list, your life becomes happier. You’ll notice a dramatic…

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Anastasia’s Guides are talking to us

Anastasia’s Guides are talking to us During a recent meditation, Anastasia was guided to send the November, 2015 PetMassage Foundation students the following information, which also applies to those of us who are already working on developing our canine massage practice. We hope you find these suggestions helpful in creating your new career. Suggestions for…

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In the glow of headlamps, there you are

In the glow of headlamps, there you are Driving on a highway at night, all one can see, or need to see, is what is being illuminated in the beams of the headlights. There within the boundaries of darkness, we see where we are going. We see any obstacles that are immediately in the path.…

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Time change

Time change This past weekend, many of us fell back an hour We all (except for people in some parts of Indiana) repeated the old mantra last Saturday night when we stood in front of our clocks, hands raised, for the semiannual rite of the Daylight savings time clock adjustment. Spring forward. Fall back. And…

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Permission

Permission It is not always a forgone conclusion that dogs always want to be touched. They are very much like humans in this respect. Sometimes they are too distracted, are in too much discomfort or they just may not be in the mood to receive a half-hour session of intensive touch and nurturing. Sometimes they…

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New findings of PetMassage Research Re: The skin between your dog’s toes.

New findings of PetMassageTM Research Re: The skin between your dog’s toes. Examining paws The pads are the first information receptors for the physical world around the dog. They communicate the shapes, textures, temperatures, and other descriptive information that the dog needs to stay safe. The pads are flexible and can contour to the shapes…

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I’m pickin’ up good vibrations, bop bop.

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations, bop bop. Awareness, or presence, or focus increases vibration frequencies. Whatever we focus on increases its vibration. This is a hot topic in the quantum arena. The results of entire experiments have been shown to be skewed simply because there was an observer. We are receptive to vibrations. And have…

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Energy Work is part of every PetMassage

Energy Work is part of every PetMassage Last week, I had the opportunity to PetMassage Dugan, a big, 80 pound German shorthaired pointer. He is a bird dog. He had been out in the fields, running about, having the time of his life, when he developed a limp in his right foreleg. His pet parent…

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Art and Essence of Canine Massage is PetMassage for Dogs

If you are happiest when you are with dogs and your heart sings when you help them discover their optimal level of wellness and balance, you are already a member of a very unique “tribe” of like-minded, like intentioned, like destined people. This book and set of DVDs welcomes you; encourages you to expand on…

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The Look

The Look A workshop student became irritated that her dog had embarked on a barking jag. What had started as a simple call for attention had escalated into a loud unstoppable flood of rhyming sounds, much like an urban poetry open mic night. My student was unable to concentrate on the lecture and felt responsible…

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Curtain of distraction

Curtain of distraction Recently while walking Lola and Camille, I had a conversation with a neighbor who was watching her kids playing badminton using a structure made of 3” PVC piping as a net. She described it as the “Curtain of Distraction.” While cleaning out their garage her kids and their friends had discovered this…

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Dreamy birthday

Dreamy birthday Have you ever heard that when you dream, you are all the characters in your dream? You are the one having the dream. You are the one in the dream. You are all of the characters who interact with you. You are the car, the plane, the room, the furniture, the wide stairway,…

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The eye roll, not your everyday sushi.

The eye roll, not your everyday sushi. eye-roll·ing noun 1. the action of rolling one’s eyes, typically as an expression of exasperation, disbelief, or disapproval. –Oxford Dictionary Looking upward with an expression of contempt, often combined with a sigh. Used to indicate frustration and annoyance with the stupidity of a person or thing. – Urban…

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