Recovering from Over-Doing

Two years ago, in a The Seeker’s Dungeon prompt, Sreejit asked us to fill in the blank in this sentence: “I am a Recovering _________.” There was no doubt in my mind what my behavior would be. If I was at a 12 Step meeting, I would say: “Hi! I am Karuna, and I am … Continue reading Recovering from Over-Doing

Recovering from Over-Doing

In this week’s Dungeon Prompt, Sreejit asks us to fill in the blank in this sentence:  “I am a Recovering _________.” There was no doubt in my mind what the behavior would be for me. Using the Alcoholics Anonymous introduction, I will say: “Hi!  I am Karuna, and I am a recovering over-doer.” As I … Continue reading Recovering from Over-Doing

Challenges for Growth Prompt #11: Overcoming Resistance

Overcoming Resistance This week’s challenge is: “Today I do something I’ve been resisting.” A co-therapist I used to work with often told clients that it may take 75% of the time one is in therapy to do 25% of the work that needs to be done. The remaining work is likely to be completed much faster. … Continue reading Challenges for Growth Prompt #11: Overcoming Resistance

Overwhelmed by the Violence?

Sreejit’s Dungeon Prompt this week asked us to address these questions: In many countries where guns are not legal the police also don’t carry guns themselves – only the military does.  In America, because guns are so widespread, we couldn’t even conceptualize an unarmed police force.  But now, with the full militarization of the police, … Continue reading Overwhelmed by the Violence?

Atlanta International Pop Festival 1970

Earlier this week, when I was watching a program about Woodstock, I started thinking about my experience at the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival. I decided to re-post a slightly edited version of a post I wrote about that experience. Most of the words in the post come from the scrapbook I made at the … Continue reading Atlanta International Pop Festival 1970

Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: June 29, 2019

From Spring Quarter of 2017 through Autumn Quarter of 2018, students from the University of Washington’s Introduction to Environmental Science class helped with the forest restoration work on our site. In fact, they were our major source of volunteers! I was very disappointed when the teacher retired at the end of 2018; disappointed for me, … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: June 29, 2019

Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: May 4, 2019

I expected our May 4 work party would be the biggest event we would hold in May. It might even be our biggest work party of the spring. After all, it was one of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce’s Bridge to Beach cleanup weekend events. In addition, shortly before the event, we were notified that … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: May 4, 2019

We Have a Cistern!

Last year, we had no water on our Greenbelt restoration site. There was almost no die off during the dry summer, but some plants struggled. The bare root plants had the most difficulty. I asked to have a cistern installed this year so we could water the plants that needed it. It will be a … Continue reading We Have a Cistern!

Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: March 20-April 16, 2019

From Spring of 2017 through Autumn of 2018, students from the University of Washington’s Introduction to Environmental Science class worked in our restoration site. The students were required to do three hours of volunteer work during the quarter, so their needs and ours matched very well. In November of 2018, I was dismayed to learn … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: March 20-April 16, 2019

Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: Be Like a Bird Perched on a Dry Twig

Amma teaches us to be like a bird perched on a dry twig, ready to fly at a moment’s notice. We certainly had an opportunity to practice that teaching during our March 17 work party. At the beginning of the work party, there were five team leaders present and ready for action. The plan for … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: Be Like a Bird Perched on a Dry Twig