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The feeling of desire is the soul’s longing to move forward.

Eastern Body Western Mind, by Anodea Judith

Maurice Sendak's View on Life 

"I am in love with the world. ..It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time, to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. ..I cry a lot because I miss people. I cry a lot because they die and I can’t stop them. They leave me. And I love them more. ..Oh god, there are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die. But I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.

"Live your life, live your life, live your life."

When my Dad was 28, he spent $30 on business cards to advertise the opening of the archaeological research firm that he continues to run singlehandedly to this day. His business paid for my private primary schooling, french camp, biology camp, piano lessons, trumpet lessons, gynmastics and tap dance classes I totally sucked at, sweaters I hated and dresses I loved, arm casts, braces, the fees for my club soccer league, tuition at a private liberal arts college, my first through fourth cars, a semester wandering around the history and culture of western Europe, selected segments of my post-graduation malaise, and everything in between. 

Tonight I made rice with milk and raisins the same he used to, and then I designed and printed my own first round of business cards. If my therapy practice is anywhere near as successful as his business is, then I can’t wait for my own kids to explore the richness of themselves and the world the way I could growing up.¬†


In addition to being completely awestruck and made to feel minuscule by the overwhelming beauty of nature, highlights included Becca Maxwell-induced giggle fits, wine-fueled chats about happiness in a meadow surrounded by sheer granite cliffs and waterfalls, nostalgic singalongs to  horrible songs we used to listen to in college and have promptly forgotten about, and perspective. Good ol perspective. I love California, even if I do still miss South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Some photo cred belongs to Becca Maxwell, JD

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