Simple Moodlings

Simple Moodlings n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. odds and ends inspired by life and the thoughts of others

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Bloom
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Today I am planting peppers and herbs, so this little film that just arrived in my inbox seems like it needs to be shared. Enjoy!https://vimeo.com/29865151
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Skating solo
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Skating solo
I can't remember the last time I went skating all by myself. Over the almost 30 years of my marriage, I've always had my partner, my kids, or a friend to go along with me.And for the last three winters, I don't think I managed to go skating even once. With a dog to walk, and all the trekking of t...
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Losing Lidia
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Losing Lidia
When the text came this morning, I was surprised by how hard it hit me. Alfonso, the son of my 85-year-old Italian neighbour, Lidia, texted to let me know that his mom had died.Lidia was an extraordinary friend, arriving in my life at a time when I really needed someone like her to make me laugh ...
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Lent again, sigh
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Lent again, sigh
Remember the beginning of Lent last year? When we received ashes on our foreheads instead of sprinkled on the crown of our head? Lent began, as it usually does, before the pandemic, and then it went on, and on, and on... as a friend said, The Longest Lent Ever!In many ways, to me it feels like Le...
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Sunday Reflection: A pandemic's gifts
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Sunday Reflection: A pandemic's gifts
Today's reflection is brought to you by Job 7:1-4,6-7.These daysit's easy to feel like Job,that biblical character who lost everything.We complain about how hard life is,the long labours we faceuntil things are better.We see the months of emptiness,the blandness of our daysbehind a...
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Mental health practices in days of pandemic
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Mental health practices in days of pandemic
What have you done for your mental health lately?Bell Canada, one of our communications providers, is marking its eleventh annual "Let's Talk" day, focusing on mental health. They post a video (that I'll share below) and donate five cents toward these mental health initiatives each time it's view...
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Livestreamed Ecumenical Prayer for 2021
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Livestreamed Ecumenical Prayer for 2021
My prayer life during this pandemic has been different, but good. The only thing I am really missing (besides the people with whom I usually share my faith) is the almost monthly gathering of people for ecumenical meditative prayer with scripture, silence, and the songs of Taizé. But I've found a...
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That poem
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That poem
 For me, the most moving moment of the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was this young woman's impassioned delivery of her poem, The Hill We Climb. Well done, Amanda Gorman... words do this no justice, you've used all the right ones.
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st. Father Mike, pray for us
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st. Father Mike, pray for us
Father Mike -- around the time I met him.My heart broke a little when I received a text message from my friend last Tuesday morning telling me that Father Mike had died. I had been praying for him since the previous Sunday, hoping, when I heard that he was in hospital with COVID-19, that he would...
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The last word on the basement tomato experiment
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The last word on the basement tomato experiment
Last night I dreamed about tomato plants heavy with big, red, juicy fruit, at least a dozen tomatoes per stalk, growing in pots in my very own laundry room. And then I woke up to reality...Well, we tried. We really did. We grew a few handfuls of tomatoes in our basement this winter... and there a...
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