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Lessons in Love and Possibilities

Janice Wood

Janice Wood
Location
Lafayette, California, United States
Birthday
November 11
Bio
Mother of 2, Grandmother of 4 Writer, Meditator, Watercolorist B.A. Social Science, Master's in Theology- Avid reader Optimist except when I'm not. A believer in human rights, love, and mystery.

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When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children... will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual,… Read full post »

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I love to see little girls walking, dawdling, slowly trailing behind their parents in stores and on the street. These girls with their intense faces glued to the pages of a book have the look of someone in another world. Watching them, magically walking without tripping, I sense these girlsRead full post »

APRIL 29, 2012 11:21PM

Rebecca's Earth Day Quiz: Pass It On!

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 10:56PM

Loving Myself as Much As Others: Day 2

Today was cold, cloudy, everyone around me seemed out of sorts. Some days I wish I had started this blog anonymously. I’m always hedging, censoring myself to protect others, then wondering whether any of my loved ones think that seriously about what I say and write. Last night, I hadRead full post »

It was a relief to see the positive journal open call. I needed an opening to begin again.  I haven’t written for four months because so much has happened in my life, some of it filled with hurt and disappointment pushing me into a space of/Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2011 1:32AM

Aiden and I and Sweet Potato Pie

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I was running late picking him up from kindergarten. I knew I only had 15 minutes to spare. Impulsively, I ran into a new grocery store, Green Something, to pick up bread and milk and added more items, you know how it is. Then I went to check out and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2011 12:55AM

Aiden and I and Sweet Potato Pie

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I was running late picking him up from kindergarten. I knew I only had 15 minutes to spare. Impulsively, I ran into a new grocery store, Green Something, to pick up bread and milk and added more items, you know how it is. Then I went to check out and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 1:35AM

Occupy Berkeley

 

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Ten years ago, I was one of maybe 50 people who demonstrated on Shattuck Ave. right in front of the Berkeley downtown Bart. We were railing against the first attacks on Afghanistan; we were a small tentative group, a little fearful of others’ reactions. The bombings were BuRead full post »

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Lafayette California Gulf War Memorial Oct. 3, 2011

I grew up believing God kept his eye on us all, He leaned on me as I pledged allegiance to the wall.”

Paul Simon

I grew up believing we were a moral country, one with a vision of fairness, of exploration andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 12:23PM

Some Unsolicited Advice for Martha Stewart

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Let me just say that I am a big fan and I love your show. I have daydreamed about living in your tasteful home, your prolific garden, and your gorgeous kitchen. I frequently visualize myself mixing complicated French fruit tarts in your minty green bowls.You’re so talented and very creaRead full post »

 

kindergarten 

Last week, two of my grandchildren, Aiden and Rebecca began kindergarten. It was heart wrenching for me to see them flung into the big world. They seemed so small, so vulnerable.  Well, I'm here to report that they are doing well and negotiating their new environments with

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JULY 25, 2011 8:01PM

Life After Quitting: Up in Smoke

This Friday I will have been smoke free for 3 months. When I began the process of quitting I had a lot of fears:

  • Who am I without a cigarette? I've been smoking seriously since I was 18
  • Would it be difficult to be with other smokers?
  • Could I
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JULY 23, 2011 11:47PM

She Wears Her Love Like Heaven

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  Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished. ~ Mary Oliver 

Allow me to spend a few minutes telling you about the youngest baby in our family, Ava. She’s 17 months old with very… Read full post »

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I’ve always really liked Mary. She was always easy to talk to and she was always kind. I never bought the namby pamby virgin they tried to sell to us as children. I saw her as strong, regal, a woman with her own mind, and internal power. So when sheRead full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 10:16AM

Where has Mary Gone?

MAY 28, 2011 6:09PM

Brilliant Young Woman

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I remember thinking a few years back, “What if I treated myself the way I treat my kids? What if all that love and understanding, compassion and forgiveness, unconditional kindness was directed to my own heart and head?” What a revolutionary thought! Like every good Mama, I… Read full post »

 

 

I was looking for a way to transform myself in a good way. I don’t know if I’ve accomplished what I meant, but I did quit smoking and had to wait a month to be sure I had a handle on it before I came back to Open Salon.… Read full post »

 

 

I was looking for a way to transform myself in a good way. I don’t know if I’ve accomplished what I meant, but I did quit smoking and had to wait a month to be sure I had a handle on it before I came back to Open Salon.… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2011 12:44PM

Everything little thing changes

For a New Beginning

By John Donahue 

 In out of the way places of the heart
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you w/
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Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
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JANUARY 29, 2011 12:05PM

some things I want to know

who on earth thought of mammograms? would they ever put men's penis and testicles in a plastic shelf, then jam another plastic part that squishes them together, HARD, ? Would that ever happen? Another way would be found, you say.

they don't have paper towels

sweet peas

Following suggestions from some comments I've received, I've changed my title to a more positive one and I've added sweet peas to remind me of something I love.

 

Are you bored with the subject yet? I am bored with myself and feeling sorry for myself at the same time. The… Read full post »

 hayden

My grandson, Aiden, and I spent the school holiday together. He is beautiful with reddish blond hair, light blue eyes, and even has one big dimple when he smiles. I picked him up at 3:00 p.m. to drive him to my little cottage, or  "my tree house" Aiden calls it. We… Read full post »

 smoking

Last Friday night I posted about my need and urge to quit smoking. Today I was kind of wishing that I hadn't been so public about it, yet it's why I remembered that I was going to buy the Chantix tomorrow. This reminds me to check to make sure theRead full post »