Author Archives: Lynda Philippsen

Updated: Solace at the Sea

Yesterday’s post contained an oversized photo file which corrupted how subscribers received the post. Here is the corrected version Solace at the Sea.

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Solace at the Sea

Prior to the solstice I considered strategies to up-level what I feared might all too easily devolve into a wasted and blighted summer. How might I maximize the sun-laced days without concerts, gatherings or travel adventures? I needed something uncomplicated, … Continue reading

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Laurence Philippsen 1955-2020: Mein Buddha

Three eclipses, a global plague and a new comet. Recently someone on a comment thread claimed to be only a ‘plague of frogs’ from completing his 2020 Apocalypse Bingo card. Indeed. On June 29, 2020, my brother undertook an ambitious … Continue reading

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Stasis. Transformation. Magic.

  When little can be done, do little. * Magic comes from change—even change you don’t choose. * As part of a recent guided meditation I was instructed to create a mini movie of any problem I wished to address. … Continue reading

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Boredom. Bother. Beauty.

After sixty days which include the two-week Federal Quarantine Order before self-isolation, I hold two states of mind simultaneously: gratitude to have landed blessedly well and lethargy due to this serene limbo-life. I’ve been forced into a routine I imagined … Continue reading

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Painting 101: 5 Things to Consider

Over the past 10 days I made use of the self-isolation period to get rid of the murky gray/brown paint on my kitchen walls and trim. I would have preferred to change the countertop for something less ho-hum and not … Continue reading

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Musings on Mother’s Day

Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. ~ George Elliot

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Happy 2020 Birthday to Me!

I decided to make it a great one and go all out for my birthday this year. Why not? Most happiness is created–whatever else may be going on. It doesn’t often land on you unexpectedly (though it’s more than wonderful … Continue reading

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5.3 Arrangements on a Table

The object of this lesson is to create arrangements suitable for those occasions when people gather around a table, often a dinner table but not always. Normally the arrangement is placed in the center and should suit the size of … Continue reading

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Loss & Change

Part way through my quarantine my friend A and I chat via Skype. I tell her I know that returning a month ahead of schedule without achieving any of the goals I’d set for my Tokyo sojourn was necessary and … Continue reading

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