An Extra Day

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As you may know, I’ve got a special place in my heart for notebooks, magazines, the smell of new books, libraries, bookstores, paperies, cards … I’m just completely obsessed with words.  Since I was a little girl, not many things have excited me more than a brand-new notebook:  the blank pages practically beg for direction, for imagination, for creativity. Like…

Week 8: Gratitude

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Wrap-Up:  Week 7 (Mindfulness of Posture) I was 23 years old, receiving a particularly grueling deep tissue massage from my mother’s therapist, when she reached underneath me and firmly gripped my right abdominal muscle.  Nearly shrieking in pain, I sat up, and she looked at me pointedly.  “You have got to start pushing your shoulders back,” she said.  “You have…

Scenes from the Weekend

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Last Friday evening, I ventured out to Frenchmen Street in search of a Valentine’s Day gift for my roommate’s boyfriend.  It was also a great excuse to visit my favorite cocktail spot in the Marigny neighborhood, Three Muses.  On Saturday I went to Krewe du Vieux, the first parade and perhaps the most free-spirited, tongue-in-cheek parade of the entire Carnival…

Week 7: Mindfulness of Posture

Week 6:  Wrap-Up My Week 6 mindfulness assignment to be complimentary got me thinking about the things I really appreciate about the people closest to me.  Lately, I’ve been feeling very grateful: I’m financially comfortable, I like my job well enough, I enjoy the people I work with, I’ve gotten so much writing done in the past six months ……