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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 180 :: 4-letter word friday

21 Jul

Singing in the RAIN.

It’s POURING rain in Chicago. Sideways rain. Intense flash flood rain.

Of course, it happened at the exact moment we needed to get INTO our taxi to go to dinner… and then again exactly as we needed to hop back into a taxi to return home. It was all worth it of course – great food, great friends, great memories and moments.

Rain is good.
Rain is vital.
But just like kindness, if you smother with too much, too fast, it can cause a flash flood.

Now, get an umbrella.
Cause everyone’s going to get wet!

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 85 :: rainy sun

29 Mar


The sun will come out tomorrow! Man… it feels like it’s been a long winter. And today with the rain falling outside my window, I cannot help but think it is really not quite Spring yet.

Then, miraculously, the sun came out. Late in the day. Just to peek in and show its face. And that has me thinking that sunshine is kindness. Just as is the rain.

The kind of kindness that takes two to makes the flowers bloom, the raindrops dry, and the grass green.

Welcome Spring. You are one wet mess!
And I kind of like it.

More tomorrow….



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 114 :: learning to walk in the rain

24 Apr

Day 114: Sun.

According to my iPhone I walked seven miles today. Okay, well, maybe it’s more like 6.97 miles but that’s so close to seven I’m rounding up.

But that’s not the breakthrough of my day. Oh no. It was the rain. Washington is teaching me to walk in the rain. Of course, I still wear my rain boots and raincoat, which is a surefire way to announce to the locals that you don’t live here, didn’t grow up here or are a tourist. (Some days I still feel like all three).

But today, I walked. In the rain.

And, somewhere in the middle of walking in the rain, three people stopped me to tell me how much they loved my red rain boots. Then a woman passed me on the Fairhaven trail and announced, “I love your pink raincoat!”

And, then, miraculously, the sun came out.

I’m not sure what to take from that, really. Did the sun come out because I left the house to go on a walk on a rainy day? Did the clouds part so that I could be the ONLY person in Bellingham walking around in rain boots while the sun shone and people ate ice cream cones?

Who knows?
But I do know this. It doesn’t matter if the sun shines if you don’t.
So shine on. Boots, coat, umbrella and all.

More tomorrow.

P.S. Yoga done! Body sore.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 352 :: bliss of the heart

22 Dec

Today’s bliss…a real photo.

Sent to me tonight: a heart! In the rain! In the garage! 

I love this photo, not because the rain drops created a heart. And not because the heart is almost practically perfectly shaped (seriously!).

I love it because Jaynane sent this photo my way, knowing I would love it. And being thought of and remembered is always a matter of the heart.

Heart. Bliss.

More tomorrow.

{got heart?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 301:: big leaf bliss

1 Nov

Today’s bliss…. big leaves!

It’s been raining for days, and the crazy thing is…. it hasn’t bothered me at all. I’m still in Washington awe. I have the eyes of a child. Everything is brand new.

Including these ENORMOUS leaves… they are HUGE!

(Just to put it in perspective I wear a size ten shoe and that is ONE leaf.)

And if you look closely the smaller yellow leaf is the shape of a heart.
Oh, bliss!

More tomorrow.
{seen anything new?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 135 :: and i think it’s going to rain today

20 May
The rains are here (and it’s a good thing we planted the garden yesterday). Grey skies make me sleepy. So I took a nap.

Actually, I had an ulterior motive. I plan to stay up for the last David Letterman Show.

I’m finding it hard not to see the spoiler alerts on social media…and trying really hard to watch the last show “live” on the west coast. But I already saw one spoiler… that Dave goes for laughs instead of tears.

Which is okay, because over here, it’s raining in the sky tonight. Which I would like to think as shedding a few tears over the bliss he has brought so many over the decades.

Thanks for the laughs, Dave.

“Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today”
More tomorrow.

  {endings and beginnings}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 308 :: lucky duckies

6 Nov
Long day over here but good news from the doctor. All is well. And that makes me feel like a lucky ducky. 

I will share more tomorrow, until then, I’m sharing these little duckies from Portland who I spotted walking down the street. 

Enjoy simple beauty pause right now.

More tomorrow. 


 {what did you enjoy today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 123 :: beautiful rainbow moments

4 May

My year started out seeking peak performance. Now I am searching for beauty. I’m still pondering the recipe for my personal best, but I am slowly realizing that it can’t occur without a major appreciation for the minor moments.

Like this:

It’s a rainbow. But not just any rainbow. It’s the kind that comes after waiting for the rain to go away.

Sometimes the most beautiful moments are found after the storm. After being whipped by the wind and pelted by the rain. It may be the only way to appreciate the vibrant colors that appear against a grey sky.

After all:

“Everybody wants happiness nobody wants pain
but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”
― Zion Lee

Signing off for the night, somewhere over the rainbow. Happy. Content. Full of appreciation for the minor moments of sharing a day with family, rain, beach combing, art crafting and rainbow chasing.

It just may be peak performance.

More tomorrow.

{what fulfilled you today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 121:: finding beauty in the rain

2 May

Yesterday was hot, almost 90 degrees. Everything looked brilliant and bright (not to mention the incredibly, amazingly, wonderful news I received from my doctors too!).

But today was rainy.

The sun hid behind a grey blanket and didn’t want to come out and play.

Today my new breasts, which are just sacks full of saline hanging on the front of my chest, hurt. They cried as I weaned them off the pain killers. They throbbed so badly I had to remove the makeshift bra I bought to house them for the next few weeks and tuck it into my purse.

Grey days force a choice: either curl up in a blanket or walk in the rain.

Today, we chose to walk in the rain. And I chose to wad up my bra and go on without it.

Good thing too, because if you go down these steps….

You will find this:

And much more.

It’s a good reminder. Even when you hurt, it’s a good idea to walk in the rain. Because the most amazing sights can’t be seen from under a blanket or sitting on the couch.

More tomorrow.

{what choice will you make today?}

Day 158: i think it’s going to rain today

7 Jun

As I zipped up my raincoat out about on Pup’s walk tonight, I looked down at his big, brown eyes and nodded my head in agreement.

Yes, I think it’s going to rain again today. 

It’s amazing what can change in a matter of minutes.

A sunny sky.
Grey clouds moving in.
The heavens opening up with tears.
The sun peeking out again.

It’s a good reminder, isn’t it?  Sun, rain, sun again.
As my father would always say when I was terrified, overwhelmed or otherwise disappointed, “Jamie, the sun will rise tomorrow.”

And, so far, he’s batting a thousand. 

So is the weather here on Martha’s Vienyard — since we arrived I think it has rained every single day.

In general I hate to be cold AND wet. But, tonight, under a ghostly sky, I found a quiet little moment hanging out under a canopy of a protection — known as a tree to me and a poop spot to Pup.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember what I loved first in life— a dog or a basketball. Both got me through my adolescence with confidence intact. Tonight, I remembered what I love so much about dogs — they still smile and wag their tails in the rain.

As I stood under that tree, waiting for Pup to poop, I marveled at the calmness, the quiet, the echo of silence in the streets.  And, then, for the first time in a week of stormy weather I saw something beautiful in these dark clouds hovering above — a moment to be still.

As we walked home with rain pelting our heads, I couldn’t help but sing that old Randy Newman song: I think it’s gonna rain today. 

But, this time, I was okay with it.  
In fact, you could almost say …I loved it.

martha's vineyard rain

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

Lonely, lonely
Tin can at my feet
Think I’ll kick it down the street
That’s the way to treat a friend

martha's vineyard rainy day

Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

For your listening pleasure, here’s the Randy Newman classic:

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