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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Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
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Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
During our family's very busy Christmas week, as we attended different gatherings, took a trip to Lethbridge to see Lee's parents, celebrated a 24th birthday, and wished for warmer weather, what I really wanted to do (besides what I was doing) was to put on my pink fuzzy jammies, make some tea, a...
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Come and see
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Come and see
"Where are you staying, Lord?"we ask."Come and see,"you reply.We look --and there are people of all shapes and sizesand genders and coloursand abilities and talentsand there are domestic animals that we know and love,wild ones that we observe from safe distances,strange ones in the deeps of the j...
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Forget POTUS. Remember Musa?
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Forget POTUS. Remember Musa?
It's interesting to see and hear peoples' reactions to the latest outrage caused by the US President. Here's my reaction. Instead of POTUS, I want to remind you about Musa.Remember Musa? He's a beautiful man who happens to have cerebral palsy and who went from his BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY of Kenya to Fr...
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A bright spot in the winter
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A bright spot in the winter
Last Christmas, I sent a teleflora Christmas planter with a bright red amaryllis to my friend Gaby in Belgium. Red for Christmas, of course, but red also because of a wonderful red sweater that Gaby wore as he showed me around Flanders when I was there the previous October. When he comes to mind,...
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Epiphany and other bloopers
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Epiphany and other bloopers
Jesus Christ - Liberatorby Will WheatonI'm not exactly sure why, but the Feast of the Epiphany has engendered a few funny events in our parish in recent history. We've probably all heard the joke about the little boy telling his baby sister about how the "three wise guys" go to visit the Holy Fam...
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An old song made new for 2018!
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An old song made new for 2018!
Yesterday I received a wonderful Christmas present from Christina and Landon (my daughter and her fiancé). You might already know that some years ago a little song came to me during my Master Composter/Recycler training, and I recorded the original in my kitchen with a cheap mike, an old laptop a...
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The word of the year
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The word of the year
Moodlings followers who have been reading here for a while know that my best friend and I have a ritual of picking a theme word to focus on each year. Past words have included Freedom, Joy, Balance, Tenderness, and many more -- I think we started the practice of a Word of the Year in about 2003. ...
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Let all families be holy
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Let all families be holy
I hate it when I end up crying through morning mass, and lately, it happens more often than I expect. You see, God and I have what I would call a wonderful relationship. In fact, I can't get along without God. It's some of the people who speak for God who make me cry, and that's painful, period.T...
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Christmas, or close to it, in the Rockies
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Last week, our family was blessed to have a few days in the Rocky Mountains before Christmas. The bitter cold snap that is now bringing temperatures below -20C with extra nasty wind chills beyond -30 hadn't quite arrived. Lee and I had some wonderful hikes around Old Fort Point, through the Valle...
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A Christmas Prayer
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We're just back from a gorgeous few days in the Rocky Mountains before Christmas. I thought about taking my moodlings along via laptop, but at the last minute, I decided to leave it all at home and have a real break.And I'm not sorry I did. Of course, that means that I haven't moodled at all in ...
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