VJ’s Weekly Challenge: waves

I am contemplating waves. The emotional waves that accompany uncertainty. Th lull of ocean’s waves on tropical shores. Even the way that our lives are reduced to wavesnot hugs. Please join me this week in contemplating waves.To participate, create a post and link back here, or drop a comment below. Photos, art, writing, or music […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: I’m learning…

Ric is home from the hospital, still hooked up to IV antibiotics and needing daily nursing care, and I’m learning that I cannot hold responsibility for his need to push boundaries. From my son, who insisted on coming and spending the night while Ric got settled in, I am learning that I have trouble accepting […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: Urge

Ric remains in hospital, the nature of his infection is antibiotic- resistant. The healing will be slow and laborious. It’s a road we’ve travelled before. At home, I try to remember to breathe between the urges. Washing is done. Groceries are in. I binge-watch Netflix unable to will myself to engage in my regular distractions. […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: repercussions

Mommy disappears sometimes. No one talks about it. At least not to me. The first time it happened, we were moving to the new house. I was almost five, and Dad said I was big enough to help him take boxes. My sisters came after school, but no Mom. Aunt came and helped us get […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: Threes

InsurrectionInaugurationExhalation A beginning, a middle, an end (of sorts). This week, let’s see how succinctly we can sum up a situation using only three words. Or, if you need more, make it three times three: Snow squalls blindroads lack definitionhearth provides contentment. Or, if you are more inclined towards images than words, tell a story […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: The other side

Picture a stage; empty except for two chairs. Now picture yourself, seated, in one of those chairs. Just you facing an empty chair. If you are familiar with the Gestalt practice, you know where this is going. In dream study, I’ve learned that all aspects of a dream can be representative of self. Visualizing the […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge: What Pulls on Your Soul?

Deborah from AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY posted this quotation a few weeks back and its words have haunted me. This week I invite you to join me as I contemplate the question posed. Need some guidance for proceeding? Here’s what I do: Read the quotation three times and note what stands out.(For example, I was struck by the […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge: Essential A’s….

Appreciation and acknowledgment. Two things I liked to affirm at the end of my workshops or classes. To each individual participant I’d offer gratitude for one thing I’d gained from them and acknowledgment of their journey by offering a wish. As we welcome in a New Year, I thought this exercise would adapt well here. […]

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The Heart That Keeps Beating

My mother with her Christmas nails. (Read story here) After he painted them, my son FaceTimed us so we could all see. Mom was radiant with joy to see all of us on the iPad my son-in-law had provided. On his next visit, Jay took her down to see the Christmas lights in the lobby […]

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VJ’s Weekly Challenge #125: heartwarming

Mom, having survived three heart attacks, is now back in her nursing home under quarantine. Not that we can see her anyway; everything is back in lockdown. But there is a loophole. Two essential workers, meeting the Provincial criteria and having been cleared by a COVID test, can visit. My sister applied as she lives […]

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