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December 2013 Reading List–ENJOY!

December 2013 Reading List, for those of you who asked me to list the books we are enjoying these days.  We read a portion of each of these during the week.  Our early morning routine allows time to read .    We take turns reading to each other before our morning meditation.   This is one of the best practices we have in our marriage.  I am so glad Paul likes it, too.  The following are the stack of books we choose from every day.  We read a paragraph or a section, marking the place for next time.

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What Floats Your Boat?

Here is something to keep your mind busy for a little while.  I used this exercise in 2002 and ran across it today, so I wanted to share with you.  Enjoy!  Take my ideas and create your own ocean and your own ships.  I am speaking of relationships with self and others.

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THE WIZARD OF US by Dr. Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston is someone I admire.   We (Paul and I) are now studying her new book, The Wizard of Us, and I am re-living all those wonderful times when we were part of Jean’s creation, The Possible Society.  We were Dorothy with magic ruby red slippers, following the yellow brick road, and reaching for our own courage, heart, and brain.  We really were not in Kansas any more!

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WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Last weekend, Paul and I had a delightful trip back to our home territory in Corpus Christi, TX.  All Saints Episcopal Church sponsored a “Marj Barlow Academy” and I was privileged to work with a large friendly audience on Friday night and Saturday morning, delivering my version of Strengths psychology.  We were totally loved and our buckets were filled to the brim by these wonderful friends, most of them from the long road of life, and some new ones who are also very much treasured.  I brought home a literal bucket and dipper gift.  The bucket was filled with nuggets of hand written drops of appreciation and love.  Wow!  It can’t get better than that.  I am in awe of the power of love.  Gayle Gottlich said it well, “We are just gonna love on you and Paul.”  AND THEY DID!  From the first encounter with Father Jonathan Wickham, a true servant leader, to the last lunch with the leadership team, we were warmly loved and blessed.

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CATS AND CONSCIOUSNESS by Cindy Sullivan

From Marj, Your Pocket Grandmother,

Cindy Sullivan is one of my favorite writers.  She happens to also be a member of my Women’s Wisdom Group, so I asked her permission to post this latest essay.  Enjoy!

 

CATS AND CONSCIOUSNESS

 

At 65, I still don’t know what to do with my life, but meanwhile, I am feeding abandoned cats, transforming the world one cat at a time.

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