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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

The beauty of the muses is really shining here Gail! Love the descriptions and the complexity of feeling different ways and emotions simultaneously and being able to focus and remain open. As I put my Gail Glasses on with those interchangeable lenses like in National Treasure your world becomes identifiable and I can see my own day differently. Really appreciate you sharing your experience and your creative expression.

Continuing to think of you and admiring your honesty and willingness to share with us.

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Thank you Bob! This is my labor of love… coming from my true self.

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Robert-

Well expressed! I will simply add courageous to the words you expressed.

A testament of courage! 🙌🏼

I feel honored and blessed to be on the journey with Gail and the girls!

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Seeing readers interact in comments here brings me much joy!

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Not unlike being there as the day unfolded, Gail. As I read the list of items assembled for the day, Thoreau’s remark on possessions, from Walden, came to mind. Having more than we can carry on our backs, when we move,

constitutes excess. Oops! Forgot? With your tripartite entourage of mules, umm, Muses, that’s four backs total!

That they also carried the full range of emotions for the day gave reader a glimpse of what the day conjured up. No Candid Camera required!

This might be a bit voyeuristic to say, but I look forward to your tracking of this journey. You representing Ulysses. The Muses? The Sirens…

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This was a prime example of building a story that didn’t come to fruition! First, I was told The infusion would take about 5 hours. It took only three. Second, the drugs knocked me out. What I expected (time to write 3mm, read, draw, wander around with my drip pole chatting) was not at all what happened. First timer!

Next time I’m bringing one book and a sketch pad only.

Some have suggested writing on caring bridge, but me the muses and I are happy with our 🏡 here. This is our bridge.

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Just started reading Walden, inspired in part by a path Gail and I had been discussing -- so interesting to see you post it here too!

I do find that under stress for me -- whether it's work, or even trying to revitalize or change my self improvement -- a good injection of minimalism is often where I start.

-What is the minimum staff?

-What is the minimum budget?

-What if I let everything from my essence crack apart and fall away?

What is in your backpack today Gary?

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Thoreau shocked me with that advice at first reading. Long ago. I’ve come to see its scope as much broader. Focus. Concentration. Undertakings.

Not by design, but as the product of a long history of spine degeneration, I underwent fusion of lumbar and sacral vertebrae last November. A protracted, and restrictive, recovery regimen (one year +/-) has allowed a lot less “human doing” and more “human being.”

Reading.

Communication with folks that often didn’t grace my radar screen. Gail has inspired connection in so many ways.

Having time to visit my son (USAF) and his family, especially my not quite two year old granddaughter.

Walks with my four-leg. (Walking is one component of my post-op recovery :)

Amateur photography. Migratory birds that pass through our area are like old friends. In fact, two Canada Geese, a nesting pair, have actually become my friends. When they arrive prior to nesting, they seek me out. Standing on the bank of a pond (not Walden) they see me through my kitchen window. As if inviting me to come visit. A little Dave’s Killer Bread with lots of whole grain helps. We’ve done this for the fifth year now.

The Universe is Friendly

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

I really like this share Gary -- reminds me of three areas:

1. Beautiful constraints. How often do we fear limitations or are struck by some issue (medical, etc) -- only to find it helps us find beauty and shake up assumptions or remove blinders and see joy, beauty and opportunity?

2. God as Love. And I mean that in an athiest-inclusive and religion independent way. Where quite literally when you see the love essence of another or express it yourself that that alone IS God. That view (Rohr) has helped me include back in spirituality that I'd been intentionally excluding.

3. Self sufficiency. This relates to me for travel and exploration. But I also see it in how you describe a simple walk with the four legs. For me, a view of "vacation" as luxury resort or a view of connecting with the outdoors to be dependent upon money has been fun to whittle away at. The most elaborate have been the most stressful

As Gail shows us -- and you explain here, if we desire self sufficiency (my words) and constrain ourselves to the assumption that we already have what we need, I've found a lot more ways to connect with travel, with the outdoors and with others that is often free, ridiculously easier to plan and also helps me pay attention to the moments, not just the events. As an example of the latter, I rolled down the window while driving to my sister's after reading Gail's first book. Better connection to the outdoors than I'd had in ages.

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😊 Smiling! 3mm readers interacting!

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Enjoy your freedom for a few days, Gail. And never say no to napping--the best thing for your body.

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Ahhh! Today naps will be part of 3mm good news. ♥️

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

HANDLE STRESS LIKE A DOG. If you can’t eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away. 😁

{*{*hugs*}*}

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Love that!!!

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Me too! I’m STEALING that one just like an Artist!

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Mar 4, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Gracefully executed all the same! I liked Tal’s words of equivalence for how the “anti-side affect” medication affected you. I was most intrigued by the thought of a whole amaretto cheesecake. I think you once shared your recipe for one.

I hope any apprehension you may have harbored was neutralized by getting the first session behind you. And just as Dorothy announced in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home!”

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I just want to say that I love everything about this thread! I particularly love the interaction amongst Typist’s readers and the Girl’s fans!

This post is a testament to everything I believe Typist (Gail) hoped might come from this blog…

I want to express my #Gratitude to each of you for enriching my life! I Am Blessed! 🙏🏼🕊🙏🏼

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