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To the beat of my heart

Usually, at the start of a new year, I like to sit down with a cup of tea, some thoughtful books, and a journal and set intentions. It’s a nice tradition, even if the contents of the journaling are quickly lost in the sea of busy days. I have yet to lift a pen or read …

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The “growing edge”

Happy 2017, Gray Bird readers! So glad to be starting another year in your company. Recently, Parker Palmer, whose writings and life work I admire very much, posted this quote on his Facebook page [Side note: I’ve referenced my carefully-curated Facebook feed here before. I limit it to things that shift my attention in a constructive direction, …

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Deep breath, here we go!

Dear Gray Bird readers, in this busy season of short days and many demands on our time, I wonder if you might be in need of a quick, to-the-core centering? I know I am. Here goes: Let your eyes close down (or don’t – you’re reading! but when you try this again, do)  Everything is just right. …

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Words on the wall

I have a habit of collecting quotes and poems that I like, copying them out by hand, and posting them around the house. Several quotes have traveled with me from home to home – one of them, in the handwriting of my dear friend and roommate, is among my favorite possessions and has been with me for …

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Go do it.

Before I get into today’s post, a big THANK YOU to those of you who read about my sweet Bea. Your loving, thoughtful responses are not lost on this mama and the rest of Team Honeypie – we’re grateful and filled with hope for our girl’s life, and for the ever-expanding awareness of our world …

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Honeypie

Dear Gray Bird readers, I’m going out on a bit of a limb with today’s post in honor of Down syndrome awareness month. I feel protective of my little family and our privacy, but also an urgent need to share our love story in a world that so often turns away from difference in fear. The latter wins …

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The chance to choose

  At least ten times a year (maybe more), I declare I’m taking a screen and internet break. “I’ll go the whole weekend,” I announce with gusto. “No checking social media or futzing around on the internet. I’m a free spirit, not a slave to my smartphone!” About an hour later, when I’ve fully forgotten this …

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Care for the Caregiver

Caregiving, and the gifts and challenges it entails, is front-and-center of my world at the moment. It’s long been a big part of my OT and yoga work, and it’s key in my relationship with my husband (he’s easily one of the most natural caregivers I know – lucky me!). We move the laundry to the dryer when the other …

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Guest Blog: Three days that changed a life

Please welcome Stefanie Beniek, L.Ac. of Family Tree Acupuncture to the Gray Bird blog. Stefanie is a licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who specializes in fertility, pregnancy, labor & delivery, and postpartum care. In addition to her private practice, she is an Acupuncturist with Allina Health at Mercy Hospital’s MotherBaby Center, where she provides …

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Guest blog: Take it outside

Our guest blogger today is an innovative elementary school teacher with a passion for the outdoors – and for taking school outside, rain or shine.  Hello, lovely Gray Bird followers! I am guest blogger Jacquie Berting and I was born and raised (and still reside) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I was asked to share some information and …

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