thinking thursday.

mind 

“…grieving is an unavoidable part of life — the necessary price we all pay for having the ability to love other people. Our lives consist of a series of attachments and inevitable losses, and evolution has given us the emotional tools to handle both.” This commentary is about proposed new guidelines that, if adopted, would mislabel many people who experience completely normal grief as having a psychiatric problem: “Turning bereavement into major depression would substitute a shallow, Johnny-come-lately medical ritual for the sacred mourning rites that have survived for millenniums.” Are we so uncomfortable with grief and loss that we must whisk our way through them as quickly as possible, and pathologize them, and drug ourselves out of them?

body

I am going to ride my 1965 Schwinn 3-speed bike with the grocery baskets on the back more often. In anticipation of my Iron Girl Triathlon, of course. And for general riding-80-miles-around-the-neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon as I am wont to do, I am loving this orange bike helmet. Serious crush. Orange crush.

As some of you know, after 35+ years as a vegetarian, I transitioned to a vegan diet on October 31, 2011. So I have been gathering vegan resources since then, like this vegan snack guide. If you’re interested in including more vegan foods in your diet, it might be handy for you as well!

I’m going to bet you’ve never really thought about the discovery of salad before. Mr Brilliant has.

And speaking of salad, here’s how to make salad in a jar.

spirit

This blog post by Ken Robert is one I read over and over again. There is so much in it that I resonate with. In a world in which people identify themselves as gurus and life-changers and experts, it is grounding to realize that I’d rather be an example, a friend, an advocate, an explorer, a collaborator, an artist, a human being. Thank you, Ken, for giving words to my desire.

word

We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

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