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July 2016 Blog Posts (5)

Kita’s Gentle Message: Go Fly a Kite (Saturday, July 30, 2016)

It’ll feel quite awkward when you first try it…maybe you haven’t done it since you were a kid – or ever.  And someone holding the kite for you while you ready yourself is a given.  Once you begin running, you realize you have to keep going otherwise the momentum of catching the wind will be lost.  And you run and run some more until the kite meets the wind at just the right moment.  Up it rises like your spirit – both soaring and jubilant- daring anyone to break the…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 30, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Tree Talk (Saturday, July 23, 2016)

Now this is pretty cool: in her TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other?), ecologist Suzanne Simard explains how trees communicate – via their underground root system.  The older trees known as “Hub” or “Mother” trees not only pass on and exchange nutrients but they also pass on wisdom, warnings, and let others in the network know when they are…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 23, 2016 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: A Simple Act Becomes Complex (Saturday, July 16, 2016)

My mother called to say she could not remove her watch and would I take her to the jeweller’s to have it removed for her.  Initially alarmed that the watch was hurting her, I relaxed once I arrived at Mom’s residence and discovered it was just a question of unclasping the wrist bracelet. This I did in a matter of moments much to the relief of Mom, who had worried herself unnecessarily. The aesthetician, who had done her nails, had put Mom’s watch back on using a…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 16, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Be Afraid to Give Up the Good (Saturday, July 9, 2016)

On first glance "Be afraid to give up the good” seems straightforward enough to let you know to stick up for what is good in any situation.  If I add, "Be afraid to give up the good to go for the great", then things get a little more complicated.  The allure of fame and fortune can cause us to bend circumstances a little or a lot to achieve acclaim.  Twisting what is to what is convenient for you may pay off initially but the personal consequences could be steep. Be…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 9, 2016 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Friends Forever (Saturday, July 2, 2016)

I remember looking out the back window of our car at my friends who were standing in the middle of the road and waving at me as we drove away.  It was the end of school; we were moving to another city; I was seven going on eight and knew I was never going to see them again.  Today I had a last conversation with a girlfriend who is moving across the country. Unlike the eight-year-old, I feel entirely different about this leave-taking.  Though geographically apart,…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 2, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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