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Mindfulness

What Shape Is Your Nest in?

This cute critter got me thinking about nesting. She’s a thirteen-lined ground squirrel. Her burrow lay beneath the campsite that my family occupied for several days this past week. The main entrance to the burrow…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 17, 2021
Work & Play

A Mess of Seeds

Back in elementary school, we had periodic desk inspections. Whenever the teacher would lift the wooden lid of my desk, the contents of the book bin looked shipshape—on the surface. That’s because I’d perfectly arranged…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 28, 2021
Work & Play

A Mighty Grand Slam

It has recently been brought to my attention that I’m a door slammer. A slammer of car doors, especially. Having lived in blissful ignorance of this fact until now, I shudder to think of the…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 18, 2021
Mindfulness

Life Is Too Deep Not to Dive

Perhaps you’ve noticed: Sometimes, despite meticulous preparations, life just doesn’t go as we planned. Like when you decide to fly halfway across the continent, retrieve your eighty-one-year-old mother, and bring her back home for an…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 4, 2021
Mindfulness

Dropping into the Net

Tomorrow I fly to North Carolina to retrieve my eighty-one-year-old mother and bring her here to South Dakota for as long as she wants to stay. I can’t wait to throw my arms around her…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
May 17, 2021
Insights

Nuggets of Or

See if you can figure out the significance of my title before I finish. * * * The last few weeks, I’ve been living in the closet, producing the audiobook version of Staying Power: Writings…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
May 7, 2021