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Fostering Manny: From Fear to Love

It’s 1pm and I am driving down the road 3 days before Christmas questioning my own sanity. In the backseat are my teenage daughter, her best friend, and a very exuberant 50 pound dog whom we have known for about 10 minutes. He seems friendly yet slightly crazed, pacing back and forth between the two girls, stepping on them and then circling back to poke his head up between the front seats. Round and round he goes.  I have been warned by the dog rescue agency through whom we are fostering that this dog, Manny, will be VERY stressed and unable to learn or process anything for about 3-4 days! Buckle your seatbelts!

 We have not had a dog in a long time and fostering through this rescue seemed like a good way to reacquaint ourselves with the responsibilities, challenges, and joys of having a dog. We were not disappointed! We got to experience wild jumping, snuggles, leash pulling, squirrel-chasing, throw-up, plenty of poop pick-up, and lots and lots of walks and runs....

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How This Mug Keeps Me Connected to My Intentions

Making this mug was the first thing I successfully did after falling onto a concrete sub-floor and sustaining multiple impacts, including a closed-head injury. After being out of commission for 2-3 weeks, my artist friend, Bonny Lundy, scooped me up and took me to an open ceramics studio. There was a wisdom in her actions, helping me rewire my brain through doing - in this case the use of my hands (this is the whole beautiful premise of occupational therapy). I was delighted to be playing in the clay, my senses coming back alive through engagement. And I thought my mug was AMAZING. Not just in a quirky hand-made cool kind of way - it is that. But in a ‘THIS IS PHENOMENAL’ kind of way (there really were some cognitive misfirings going on). I laugh as I hold it in my hands now and see it more clearly - imperfections, uneven walls, cracks at the seams. And yet it is still so efficient, holding my tea daily for nearly 10 years and counting.

I could have easily died or been...

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