Cee’s Share Your World 4/24/17

English: A strawberry falling into a glass of ...

English: A strawberry falling into a glass of water. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

I keep a tumbler of water with a slice each of lemon and lime with me most of the time.  Nothing better for thirst than water.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

liked camping.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

I”m torn between the gift of being a great listener and the gift of being totally compassionate…

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

Depends on how long it goes on and how tired I am.  If I’m not feeling too exhausted and I toss for a while I usually turn the light back on and read for a while.  If I’m super tired I just close my eyes and try to get as much rest as I can from being still.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

We had a bunch of lovely sunny days just warm enough to open windows and enjoy the fresh air last week — always grateful for that.  This week I’m looking forward to driving down to Danville for a birthday party — I have a bunch of friends down there and I haven’t seen them in eons so, since we all know the birthday girl, I’m hoping I get to see lots of them!



Share Your World 4/17/17

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

English: Mabie Todd Swan 14k gold flexible nib

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pen.  And for a long time I used fountain pens. Got tired of having constant nib problems in a world where no one seems to repair them or sell just the nib any more but they’re really still my fave.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I guess since I studied voice for seven or so years, it would be singer.  No noticeable talent for dancing, but I love to watch dance, so I sure wouldn’t mind being a dancer if I suddenly developed a skill set for it.

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I can’t imagine relishing debate…  I have very strong opinions but no great need to ram them down anyone else’s throat…

What are you a “natural” at doing?

I started writing poems and short stories when I was about six — basically as soon as I learned words and spelling and I’ve always written, so I guess that would qualify.  Otherwise, I spent so much of my life trying to fit other people’s expectations I feel more like I have a lot of skills I worked very hard to acquire than a lot of things at which “I’m a natural”.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for getting through the extra grocery shopping, planning and executing dinner for Easter and having plenty of leftovers in the freezer (I love a dinner for which all the work happened in the past and all I have to do is heat 🙂 ).  I’m looking forward to a week with no appointments!

Share Your World 4/10/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Nope.  Never have.  Never will.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I first fell in love with France when I was in elementary school.  Don’t ask me why. My aunt did some traveling around Europe so I knew of it through her — but I knew of other countries too…  Only France caught me though.  When a teacher offered a French class on Saturdays, 10-year-old me insisted on signing up.  Took French through high school.  Had a summer session at the Sorbonne after my sophomore year in college.  Just have always loved it.

What is your favorite flower?

Gardenia flower from the gardens at Monticello

Gardenia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hard to narrow it to one.  But if I have to, I’d say gardenia because I love the scent.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

A really great kitchen with at least two ovens, a really big fridge and lots of counter space.  I enjoy cooking but I like to have plenty of room and really good equipment.   The less of either or both I have, the less frequently I cook.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I finished revising and updating one of my Kindle books and I’m grateful to have that job done.  This week I’m looking forward to finishing off the last couple of bits of formatting and get the update uploaded.



Cee’s Share Your World 3/3/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Ha!  So much!  I used to be so cool — or so I liked to think.  And now I’ve hit the stage where I’m constantly wishing this that or the other thing would go back to the way it used to be — you know, back in the “good old days”.   I never intended to become like that 🙂

A few:

  • Although I’m glad corporal punishment became verboten, I do believe in boundaries — something too many parents seem incapable of doing if they’re not allowed to smack — and I’d like to see a return to a world in which more children have some manners and respect for others.
  • I remember when the grocery store used to stay pretty much the same.  I’m so tired of spending an extra 20 minutes every few months because they’ve moved stuff all over the place again.  They sure don’t sell anything extra to me that way (which I gather is the hope) — in fact the more likely result is I wear out and leave without everything on my list…
  • I remember when you could find a style of undies or a type of shirt or yogurt you liked and just keep buying your fave.  I currently spend a lot of time in old sorry undies not because I don’t have a drawer full of newer ones, but because they quit making the ones I liked and I’ve not liked any of the hundreds of dollars worth of tries at replacements I’ve bought….  And they changed my favorite fruit-juice sweetened yogurt to sugar-sweetened long ago…  Why does everything have to change all the time???

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

After avoiding mysteries most of my life (early exposure to Agatha Christie, whose books I don’t care for) I started reading mysteries something like 20 years ago and that’s a lot of my reading material now.  I also enjoy TV detective shows and whodunits.


I also like rom coms in both books and movies — as long as they’re smartly written.  For instance, I love the English writer Jill Barth, whose romances are well written and full of well-drawn characters.  None of those designer-clad Barbies and Kens who only drive Porsches and Ferraris and carry on stilted dialogues…

How often do you people watch?

Really only if I’m waiting around for someone in a public place and I don’t have anything to read.  Which is pretty much never these days since I carry a bunch of books around on my phone’s kindle app at all times.


Yup, it was so long ago, that’s how everybody was dressed and there were horses and buggies…. not quite….


Used to do it more and I can remember sitting in many a Parisian cafe during my long-ago Sorbonne summer and just drinking everything and everyone in.

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

Although I always kind of thought he was despicable, I never previously knew much about #45 beyond the media buzz.  Now I’ve formed some very strong opinions but I’m trying to stay in the space of peace and compassion so I won’t say what they are.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for an online neighborhood group where I found a reference to Thumbtack.com — found an excellent roofer who fixed some holes in the roof last week, for which I am even more grateful.  Today I was grateful it was done since we had a big storm and I expect to continue being grateful during predicted rain the rest of the week.

Share Your World 3/27/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

Leigh actually IS my middle name.  The original was Nancy Leigh.  My Mom is from Kentucky, where they at least used to use two names (less true, I notice, as it becomes more midwestern than southern).  She liked Leigh but didn’t like the usual middle names that go after so she put Nancy in front.  And yes, I grew up being called Nancy Leigh by my family and there are relatives who still call me that [it comes out a bit more like Nance uh Layeeeee 🙂 ]

Now that I’ve pondered this question, though, I’m thinking about how her father’s middle name was Burnside, after his mother’s maiden name, and my mother’s middle name is also Burnside.  Off and on I contemplate formally changing my name to get rid of the Nancy, which I never liked and Leigh Burnside doesn’t sound bad.  I’m gonna have to ask her why she didn’t do that.   SO maybe a change one day…  or possibly throwing my mother’s maiden name in the middle instead of my great grandmother’s???

Music or silence while working?

I really like music going.  When I teach yoga/movement I always have soft, contemplative music playing.  When I write it’s anything from the same stuff I use for yoga — particularly if I’m trying to reach deep — to Spotify playlists of 70’s music or jazz.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

Well, maybe not fair to call him a possession but if animals were allowed, Salty would be number one and he kind of owns the whole house — so we can just put him there and let him continue ruling.  After that electronics would have been on my list if allowed if only because they’re expensive and I can’t afford to replace the pieces I finally have that I love.

Photos, if allowed, would also be high on the list of items I treasure, especially old family photos.  In fact, a bunch of them right now are in some special safe place I can’t remember.  Been trying to scan photos onto computer and upload to FB and Ancestry and a bunch of my favorites are nestled in some safe haven I can’t find.   I’m way better off with clutter 🙂

Since the question doesn’t allow most of the things I treasure, I guess one would be a family ring that my grandmother had made for Mom’s 16th birthday, putting two diamonds from a ring of my grandfather’s with my mother’s birthstone, sapphire.  It’s my birthstone too so at 16 she gave it to me.  I’m not really a bling girl so I don’t enjoy wearing diamonds but I love the history.

I also have a sort of alter/wall shelf full of sacred objects like a statue of Buddha I bought in Bali, a prayer stick I made, a yarn “painting” I made, other statues I love and crystals dear friends have given me.  Next to it is a good-sized statue of the “spirit of water and rain”, from some temple in the far east that I picked up years ago at a Cost Plus (now World Market I think???).  I love being able to glance at my little sacred collection, take a breath and remember divine connection.

The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?

  • bungee jumping
  • cliff climbing
  • sky diving
  • game hunting
  • long trek in deep wilderness
  • climb a mountain
  • run a marathon
  • fly a plane (unless, of course, I’m in one of those situations where the super hero has been knocked out and the pilot is dead and air traffic control is telling me I have to bring the plane in or we’re all dead — then maybe…)

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for getting some good progress done last week on updating one of my kindle books. and I look forward to finishing and getting the new improved version up this week.



Are Republicans thinking anything through? Or, where is this agenda going?

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English: yosemite national park mirror lake 2010 winter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve spent much of my adult life having strong opinions about certain political issues but not a lot of interest in politics. I’m more of a Social Democrat or Socialist than a Democrat but I always vote for Democrats because I tend to favor taking care of people and the environment, etc. and my preferred political persuasion doesn’t have a viable party.  No reason in all that to know a lot about Republicans except a pretty strong sense they favor big business.

So I’m looking at a lot of things the Republican administration is proposing and spinning out some probable impacts and scratching my head as to what they’re up to; it doesn’t feel like they’re even serving their own interests.

I may not follow the political scene but a lot of time on my history B.A. was spent studying political science, economics and modern U.S. history regarding political power.  I continued those studies in graduate school in sociology and then learned a lot about politics after getting my J.D. and working for the Illinois Governor’s Office, so I may not be an expert but I think I’m looking at the ramifications with some degree of knowledge.

Just examining a few of the current hot issues leaves me wondering:

Get Rid of the National Parks

As I read about this one I’m pretty puzzled.  Besides the fact that those parks are a national treasure and seriously important to the environment of not only our country but the earth, the Outdoor Industry employed 6.1 million Americans and injected $646 billion into the U.S. economy–more than the pharmaceutical and automobile industries combined.  And, unlike the heavily subsidized oil and gas industry*, they receive NO subsidies from the federal government.

A great deal of their revenue arises from the millions of people who visit the national parks every year and by equipment to use for their activities.  If the parks are sold for development and there are few places to ski, hike, camp, hunt, etc., what happens to this giant industry?  They’re hopping mad but I can’t tell whether Republican’s care???

Let’s just talk about a minimal impact that causes them to lose $1 billion in revenues and lay off 5% of their employees .  Even if they have loopholes, that has to affect the taxes they pay.  That’s 300,000 people losing their jobs.  Suddenly none of those people can afford to eat out or travel or pay for anything not required for survival.  What does that do to the economy?  That’s not even exploring the 35,000 unemployed parks service employees.

Health Care

There’s a lot of fighting on the issue of the Affordable Care Act but what I’ve seen is that the only states where there have been problems and big cost hikes are the ones where they’ve used the discretionary portion of the act to enact regulations designed to screw the ACA — not surprisingly it isn’t doing well.  But I’ve also seen, for instance, an interview with a state agency representative here in Kentucky (sorry I lost track of my link to that but it was a NY Times on-line live interview) discussing how the ACA had created thousands of jobs in health care here and generated multi-millions in revenue in KY alone.

But putting that fight over whether the ACA has been a boon aside, let’s look at the proposed (and hopefully now forever defunct 🙂 ) replacement.  It takes insurance away from 24 million people.  It proposes cuts that would raise insurance rates and out-of-pocket costs for seniors and low income people.

I can’t figure out why no one seems to be talking about the impact that would have on patient lists for doctors or the millions of people who wouldn’t be able to afford to fill their prescriptions.  I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t cause significant hits to the patient rosters of many doctors, the hospital patient/bed ratios and sales for the mighty pharmaceutical industry with its army of lobbyists.

Doctors here in KY are pretty conservative so as I accompanied my mother to doctor visits over the last 7 years I’ve had to listen to more diatribes about the ACA than I can count.  I get it that they don’t like the pesky rules and paperwork — don’t even disagree that many rules are ridiculous — but do they get that in order to make money their practices require actually having some of those pesky patients?  Something to contemplate while they’re flipping burgers at a fast food chain after their practices go down….

And how did the pharmaceutical industry fail to squawk about the potential damage to their sales?  How many jobs could be lost in that sector if a new health care act at some point leaves tens of millions of people unable to afford to fill a prescription?  How much in revenues?  Between health care workers, medical supplies employees, and the pharmaceutical industry how much revenue and how many jobs would be lost all told?

Travel Bans and Out-of-Control Border Guards

Very shortly after the first travel ban I began hearing the travel industry started suffering losses as soon as it was issued.  I’ve followed along a bit as more and more stories spread about an eminent French historian, a celebrated Australian children’s book author, a bunch of Canadian church volunteers and an Italian rock band all being either harassed, refused entry, or literally taken in handcuffs back to a plane and sent home.

People from other countries are cancelling travel plans to the U.S. and opting to go elsewhere — a 17% drop since the ban was issued.

The losses so far are quite large.  New York alone is expecting at least a 2% dip and a loss of $900 million in revenues this year.  Altogether it’s estimated $185 million dollars in travel bookings were lost in the first week of the ban. Times’ Money estimates $10 billion/year in revenues could potentially be lost because of the perceptions and fears generated by all of this.

Given that the U.S. airline industry has been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy off and on for a couple of decades I’ve been quite surprised to see little speculation as to whether they can survive.   They make $160 billion in revenues and employ 545,000 people according to a Columbia University study.  Though they’ve recently been making profits, how much loss could they absorb before landing in bankruptcy — or needing a government bailout?

Back to Head Scratching

I’ve been looking into more issues like this but these three give you the idea.  A lot of the Republican Administration’s agenda has probable adverse effects on various industries.  Just from these three the potential to lose billions in revenues and put a million or more out of jobs is great.  I realize Republicans for whatever reason seem to be mainly interested in shoring up the dinosaur industries like oil & gas, coal,  and traditional utilities but why would politicians who favor in general taking care of big business cavalierly launch efforts that will so adversely impact a number of humongous industries and potentially leave millions without jobs?

You can spin on out from there that with giant unemployment sales of goods and services also go down, companies start downsizing and laying people off.  The ripple effects are potentially mind boggling.

How does any of that serve Republicans?  Big business in general? What am I missing?

*Don’t even get me started on their preference for the nuclear industry which is HEAVILY subsidized by the feds; the only reason nuclear comes out looking cheap is because it receives such huge subsidies.  I used to do nuclear power plant cases as a lawyer so this is one where I assert I DO know.





Share Your World 3/20/17

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

It would depend on whether I could know what I know now.  I kind of like 30 in terms of having some maturity but still a sense of life unfolding — but I’d only want to go back there if I could take all the growth and clearing and spiritual progress with me.  It would be phenomenal to be young and know what I know…

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I keep a couple of folding ones in the car, which lives in an attached garage, and we keep a couple more spares in the garage.  So no, I generally feel secure about having an umbrella if a storm blows in while I’m out and about.  I have at least one coat with a hood for each season as well, so if I think there’s a chance, I usually go out wearing “protective gear”.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?


Contemplation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generally I recharge more alone.  I will say that when I visit California and hang out with my friends there — all of whom are people with whom I’ve shared deep experiences at spiritual workshops — our deep conversations and closeness fill me up in a way I can never quite get alone.

I can also enjoy a quiet lunch or coffee with one other person and deep conversation.  But generally I find crowded restaurants draining.  Around here people seem to like to get together in groups more than one on one and I usually find groups draining too — unless we’re getting together to do some kind of ceremony or practice so everyone’s energy is focused and in a calm space.  That energy of two or more gathered can be quite amazing and good for a recharge.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

Don’t have a spouse or a partner and I’ve never been a “best friend” person.  I generally have a bunch of people with whom I have close relationships, each with its own cherished nuance. These days I’d say the most frequent thing in common with close friends is spiritual journey.  And a love of good food is a common bond.  Music another…

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m very grateful that it seems our freezing nights last week didn’t kill any of our already-blooming plants or trees.  I’m looking forward to the return of somewhat warmer weather this week.




Share Your World March 13, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

The entrance to a typical style elevator found...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Only if nothing lights up the first time I press.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

Depends on the thing.  I plan at least the basics of a trip.  Or make a plan if I want to meet up with other people.  Otherwise, over the years of health issues, I mostly have to play it by ear so more things happen spontaneously and plans made ahead are often cancelled…

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Getting better every day.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

The deck with the hot tub… barely visible

Tough choices.  I love a nice walk on the beach but I’ve loved it equally at ocean side or on Lake Michigan during my Chicago area years.  I don’t live near either at the moment and my love of travel is declining so hot tub — if I had one — would sound awfully good.  There was a hot tub at the house I lived in in CA with a view of trees and valley and it was lovely to just sit and soak.  The edge of it is barely visible in the photo but it gives you an idea of the setting.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for venturing to a new healthy grocery with good prices and finding some things my regular shops quit carrying plus some new items I’ve not seen anywhere.  I’m looking forward to the weather getting a little warmer again.


Scanning Mom

I finally got an all-in-one printer last week.  Not that I haven’t had one before but the long -ago model I got didn’t scan very well and the scanning/copying portion broke down in short order and I haven’t had the heart to try another till now.

This one has an excellent scanner and I’ve pulled out lots of old family photos and started scanning.  Thought I’d do a few posts with selections of them.

Some of these shots of Mom I got from digging through a bag of photos that has appeared without either of us knowing from whence it came.  And there’s a bunch of stuff in it I’ve never seen before including most of the baby/toddler shots of Mom.

And yes, if you’re thinking my grandparents look awfully old to have a baby, he was 52 and she 40 when my mother was born.  It’s a trend that runs through a bunch of my family; I have a great-grandfather who was born in 1820!

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Uh oh where’s my food?

Salty's empty food dish

When I brought Salty home, he’d been recently rescued after living wild for some months.  He was happy to eat any dry food we put out and lived mostly off what he hunted.  He’s never been too picky as various sorts of dry food came and went.  And never one to bug us about food.  Two kinds of dry food are always out, he eats when he wants and on the rare occasions we ran out of one sort he happily ate the other.

But he’s getting up there and a couple of years ago the vet suggested it was time to switch him to food for seniors.  Fortunately Salty didn’t mind.  Then I shifted him to an older cat formula with both weight loss and hairball stuff in it.  And he LOVED it.

Yesterday we ran out of his fave for the first time ever.  He was beside himself.  When not butting his head against my arm and crying he was climbing on my chest and staring hopefully into my eyes.  Every time one of us got up he herded us, meowing, toward his empty bowl, looking hopefully up and waiting for us to pour some more food.  All the while his other bowl was full of another kind.  When he got tired of all that he would lie down as you see him in the photo above, staring sadly at his bowl…

So I figured I needed to do something today so he wouldn’t drive us mad.  Trying desperately not to go to the usual spot in a congested area, I wound up making two fruitless trips to other places before winding up at the location I’d been avoiding.  When I arrived home he was sleeping so soundly he didn’t even perk up when I filled his bowl…  Later he chowed down with relish though.  Clearly he’s forgotten the days when he was glad to eat at all…