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Mindfullness & Laundry

A writing reTreat: nature and technology coexisting

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This is the first time I have had a holiday on my own-its really been more of creative writing retreat. I have travelled on my own for work, conferences etc but never solo for a vacation. One of the expectations of being a professor is the need to publish and this can be incredibly challenging. It is not the writing process as much as it is finding time to stop, focus and have clarity.

I always knew that sky inspired me. Darwin said that 80% of people never look past the horizon- for me looking up to the sky is …

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Hello I am back: remember the intention!

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It’s been a busy couple of months but I am back to my blog. I have missed you all. I can’t believe that by next week the academic year will be over and I will have completed my first year as a Prof. at Hunter College. The past seven months have been and continue to be an incredible learning journey. I have many times had to stop, remind myself of my intention and I find that, that helps me to center myself so I don’t feel I am thrown off balance. After all I have been dealing with a different …

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The Joys of Life

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Moving to New York my life is dramatically different. I have adjusted and it’s been exactly five months. My Sayeda replacement is a Slow Cooker and my Fathy replacement is being chaufer driven by  MTA. But I have to say it really isn’t that bad. Cooking is one of the most relaxing activities and it has helped me appreciate the joy of the simpler things in life. I am surrounded my material temptations, but they just aren’t very tempting anymore. New bag, lipstick, cream? No thanks, I’d rather learn  how to crochet with my Aunt or be baking cookies with …

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Coffee, jazz legends and academia

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A kind of Blue

I was in need of academic inspiration so I came to “Think Coffee”- it’s where I came when I was preparing to interview for Hunter. I love the music (eclectic) , the coffee (perfectly brewed) and the clientele ranges from NYU students to legendary jazz musicians and profs like me. It’s a great place to sit with a lap top, write, reflect and breathe deeply.

So as I am contemplating Autism and language impairment and enjoying the background jazz a gentleman comes and sits next to me. He’s wearing dark glasses, a hat with a feather …

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Mindfulness…

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Those of you who know me well, know I love to cook and bake but I had a strong ‘anti-laundry’ disposition. Recently I have been practicing mindfulness as well as practicing a positive laundry attitude. I am attempting to practice this during everyday activities when I would normally be ‘auto-pilot’. Like today when I stepped out, discovered it was raining, stepped back in to put on my wellies and grab my umbrella, attempted to leave the house only to then realize that I had misplaced my keys. The unmindful two minutes it had taken me to unlock the door then

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