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H. A. O'Connor

Memento Vivere

Ethereal, Searching for Inspiration 6 Comments
Memento Vivere

Carpe diem! Live life to the fullest! Live for the moment! The advice flying at us from memes can be in-your-face upbeat. Inspiring, isn’t it? I guess so, but when I see those memes, I can’t help panicking a bit. Have I seized the day today?! I don’t know. Am I making the absolute, utmost use […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Memento Mori

Ethereal, Searching for Inspiration 8 Comments
Memento Mori

My husband and I were driving home from Philadelphia the other night, when we realized the oddly shaped car we’d been following was a hearse. Oh right, I thought. Death. The hearse was a real life memento mori, which is Latin for “remember to die.” The phrase apparently dates back to ancient Roman times. As legend […]

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H. A. O'Connor

When the Journey Sucks

Ethereal, Searching for Inspiration 3 Comments
When the Journey Sucks

Here’s a truth about life, about trying to grow and evolve, become generally better at being us: the journey is not always fluid or smooth. The journey, sometimes, sucks. I was reminded of this today, when I briefly tuned in to a recording of Tara Brach, noted psychologist and meditation teacher. She was giving a […]

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H. A. O'Connor

The Bubble Life

Ethereal, Minimalism: Less Is More, Searching for Inspiration 2 Comments
The Bubble Life

Sure, I live in a bubble. Why? Don’t you? Think about the inner world you’ve created inside the world at large. What fills your home, your bedroom, your office? Not the paperwork and laundry that haunt us all. I’m talking about the things you’ve deliberately chosen to surround you. What do they say about who […]

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Descended from Royalty?

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Descended from Royalty?

Today, purely for research purposes, I took one of those online quizzes. It was entitled, “What Famous Person Were You in a Past Life?” I got Kurt Cobain as my result, which was weird because we were both alive at the same time. Maybe I should try tracing my ancestry back to Cleopatra, instead. Michelangelo, Cleopatra […]

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H. A. O'Connor

A Minimal Path to Maximum Living

Ethereal, Minimalism: Less Is More, Searching for Inspiration 6 Comments
A Minimal Path to Maximum Living

To quote Lisa Simpson, “A decluttered life is a happy life. A decluttered life is a happy life. A decluttered life….” I think you get the point. We haven’t watched The Simpsons in years, but caught part of the show one night and this is what Lisa was saying. My husband immediately turned to me. […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Can’t Stop on a Hill

Ethereal, Parenting, Searching for Inspiration 4 Comments
Can’t Stop on a Hill

“Can’t stop on a hill!” I can’t tell you how many times those words have been spoken in my household–always in a Southern accent, mind you–because this is how they were originally stated. The quote’s origin? Several years ago, my family (immediate and extended) took a trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There, my sister’s […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs?

Earthy, Ethereal, For the love of animals, Searching for Inspiration 2 Comments
Fighting Like Cats and Dogs?

Over the years, we’ve had a total of seven dogs and two cats. (I’m embarrassed to admit how many of them are with us currently–suffice it to say, pet hair is one of my main foes.) They’ve come to us from different circumstances (all but two were rescues, most had a pretty bad start in life) […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Beautiful Beliefs: A Perspective on Religion

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Beautiful Beliefs: A Perspective on Religion

I know, I know… religion and politics, dangerous territory. Bear with me, though. Yes, my last post was about a woman’s right to choose and though it might seem political, I’m of the view that such a personal decision shouldn’t be subject to the whims of politics. Today, however, there is no doubt about it; […]

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Without Choice: Where Are The Women?

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Without Choice: Where Are The Women?

In college, in response to a presentation someone gave on abortion, my classmates and I were asked to indicate anonymously on a slip of paper whether we were pro-life or pro-choice. I was the only person to answer, “Pro-choice, but pro-life for myself.” My teacher thought it was an interesting response. She said if we’d […]

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