Monthly Archives: July 2010

Meditation Behind the Wheel

I’m taking an internet writing class called “Journaling Through the Chakras.” I’m supposed to begin each writing session with a guided meditation on a particular chakra. So far, I’ve approached the meditations with curiosity and openness, but I can’t help … Continue reading

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A Lesson in How to Love a Child

Recently I took my daughter Mai and her three-year-old son to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. I poured tea for her and I. My grandson– his nickname is Nooni–  wanted to drink tea, too. “I want shay!” he demanded. He … Continue reading

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Caught in the Betrayal of Fate

Monday, July 19, 2010 Caught in the Betrayal of Fate My daughter’s doctor called her and her husband to come in for an immediate appointment regarding a prenatal test that indicated something could be wrong with the new baby. She’s … Continue reading

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The Journal

Sunday, July 18, 2010 The Journal, The Wonderful Journal The Journal is an elegant Windows program for personal journal writing, record keeping, social networking, creative writing, and whatever other purpose you might conjure up. It’s the most versatile, customizable writing … Continue reading

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The Journal to the Rescue– Again

The Journal to the Rescue– Again Wednesday, July 14, 2010 This post is an experiment. I’m writing it using my excellent journal wriitng software, The Journal, by David Michael, at If it works, I’ve solved the formatting issues presented … Continue reading

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Typekit, Anyone?

Has anyone on WordPress gotten the hang of using this tool? I don’t know what is easy about it. Nothing was easier than controlling font appearance the old-fashioned way. I think I’ll continue to do so, if such an antiquarian … Continue reading

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Image Transformation

July 10, 2010 I’ve done several thousands of creative transformations of ordinary photos, but I never get tired of making them.  They live squarely at the center of my metaphorical Riyadh.These days, I am experimenting with combining two or more … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Thousand Spendid Suns” by Khaled Husseini

July 8, 2010 (The metaphorical Riyadh has room for book reviews.) Anyone familiar with Islam and/or the Middle East will recognize at once that this author knows whereof he writes. He should; he was born and raised in Afghanistan, but … Continue reading

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My Two Riyadhs

July 7, 2010 It’s the metaphorical Riyadh I need to find.  It’s the place– more spiritual than physical, more emotional than tangible— that will do for me what the actual Riyadh did for me. This is the message of the … Continue reading

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My blogging break has lasted more than a year. I’m not sure it’s completely over yet, but tonight an urge stirred, an urge to reconnect with my readers, the blog world, and ultimately to an aspect of myself that wants … Continue reading

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