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Archive for October, 2010

Amazing women…

I just finished my first week of my new series of classes.  I had a busy week with my open house and then I taught 7 workshops so far and a drop-in class tomorrow and a half day workshop on Saturday.  You would think I would be exhausted, but mentally I am so stimulated.  I have the awesome privilege to hear women share their stories with me.  I get to listen as my job.  I am sure my teachers from school would probably all laugh if they knew that one aspect of my job was listening.  I always received a “needs improvement” in the listening area of my report cards.  Listening comes to me as a moment of awe and awakening.  Watching my students rejoice in each others stories warms my heart.   Again I am so grateful that I have the best job in the world…

Is there something in your life you need to be listening more to?

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The joy of sisterhood

This afternoon I had the pleasure of having dinner with my sister.  I have been here in the desert for over two years and this was her first visit.  Actually in the last 3 years this has only been the second time we have gotten together.  Here is what I love about my sister…no one knows me like her.  We have shared so many memories throughout our childhood.  She fills in my memory blanks, since she is older.  It was fun reminiscing with her about why we are the way we are!  We came to the conclusion it was our mother, so thanks mom!!  I know that even though we don’t live near each other all I have to do is reach out and she is there for me, and I know she feels the same about me.

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Your hearts desire…

Have you really thought about what it is that makes your heart sing?  I have spent the last few days at Julia Pfeiffer State Park in beautiful Big Sur, California.  Hiking through the beautiful trees and creeks makes my heart sing.  I love being around nature and the hearing the crunch of the yellow and orange fall leaves under foot.  Fall is a most wonderful time.  Feeling the coolness of the air and breathing in the smoky campfire.  I met two little girls yesterday informing me they were from London (as if their cute little accents didn’t give them away!) and they wanted to pet Courtney.  Courtney loves kids so she relished in their attention and when the littlest one was ready to leave she bent down and hugged Courtney and gave her a little kiss on her head.  She told me that she always wanted a dog just like this one…

I walked away with a smile on my face watching Courtney trot down the trail and realized that in my heart, I long for wide open spaces.  I want to teach in many places and marvel at the beauty of nature in all parts of our world.  I plan on taking my workshops on the road starting this summer…lots of this world to explore and I love seeing Courtney’s tail wag…

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Touched by a blog…

This past weekend tragedy struck the central coast.  Bruce and Margie, whom I have never met, were hit by a car while they were walking and killed instantly.  Margie was an avid blogger who would blog daily about her adventures in their motorhome.  She blogged about the places they traveled with their little schnauzer Annie.  They loved to walk and explore and it was on one of their morning walks when this happened.  The last blog was written by her daughter.  She told her mother’s blogger friends about the tragedy.  I was touched by this, since I had never met Margie but you felt as though you knew her when you read her blogs.  As I blog today I am extremely thoughtful that no one knows when their last breath will be breathed.  It makes me mindful to be more aware of each moment we have with each other.

Another reason why writing is so important to me, it is through writing that you can know someone.  As you look at your life, marvel at the blessings you have, tell those you love how you feel about them.  Breathe in this wonderful life…

Be truly grateful…

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What do you treasure?

I treasure close up photographs of the people I love.  It is the beginning of satisfying my desire to know them deeply.  I was able to spend this past weekend with Andrea’s brother Bill, his wife Beth and their amazing son, Brendan.  Last night I was able to look at the photographs of our time together and smile as I see the joy in each of their faces.  When we take a picture of someone, we are saying, “I see you.  I behold you.”  We are saying, “This moment matters.  You in the moment, matter.  Can I preserve this?”  Photographs make time stand still and heighten our awareness.  They help us love the moment-and each other.

Today in your writing think about the things you treasure.  Tell those you love that you love them…appreciate the moments of time shared with loved ones…

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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