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Shift: Mourning Mindfully

I’m pretty sure I killed it. Of course, it wasn’t intentional. I remember hearing an expletive (and I was alone in the car, so it must have been me) when I watched it in the rearview... 



Shift: One Woman’s Treasure

I have a new guy in my life. His name is Dusty. He’s from Texas. We met, of all places, in a second-hand store. I must have gasped when I saw him. The woman standing next to me put... 



Shift: It’s in the Bag

My husband decided he wanted a project for his retirement. Music keeps an aging brain nimble and alert, he’d heard. And he was proud of his Scots heritage, so he settled on the bagpipes. And,... 



Shift: Crash Course

I took a whole year off. Cold turkey. No explanations. No make-up. No mascara, no lip liner, no eyeliner. No nothing. Naked face to the world. The idea: to focus on inner beauty, prove... 



Shift – Up Close and Personal

Chickens. It was a whole new world. We got Betty and Boop from a neighbouring island and brought the girls home to weed the garden. They cluck and trill and scratch and poop. They bathe... 



Green Thumb Therapy

I’m not in charge of much. I have a boss. My husband has a mind of his own. I have bills to pay and family obligations. The government doesn’t check in with me. I’m not the leader... 



You Spin Me Right ‘Round Baby, Right ‘Round…

He finally broke it to me.  We’d been taking dance lessons off and on for two years. Our instructors were very encouraging. We’d bought some DVDs, a how-to book and smooth-soled... 



He’s Really Into Her

My husband never talked about being unhappy. He never suggested anything was missing in our marriage. I don’t know how or why the idea took over his heart. I’d like to say he just... 



For Better or For Dirt

My husband is always working hard and in a hurry. I used to try to match his pace, which meant frequent (sometimes twice a day) vacuuming because he doesn’t have time to remove... 



SHIFT – Snoring Is My Muse

This is an altogether too familiar scenario. Saying his name softly won’t wake him, nudging him gently won’t roll him over, and I’m grinding my teeth toward another tension headache... 



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