Author Archives: Shirley

About Shirley

Edge-walker, ethicurean, herbalist wannabe, idealist, introvert, ivory tower escapee, geek, granola gal, nature nut, pronoiac, scanner/renaissance soul, spiritual nomad, teacher, wayfinder, and world citizen who is weaving her passions for knowledge (learning & teaching), technological tools, the natural world, empowering people & communities, and everyday miracles & beauty into a curious life.

Because SMART is not always Best

I have been pondering how to make goals work in my life. That is to say how can I create meaningful goals that help with healing and happiness rather than adding another layer of stressors? As someone with perfectionist and … Continue reading

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Time for New Patterns

I spent the last two days in first the emergency room and then admitted to the hospital. They have ruled out the scariest problems but from an overarching wellness (body, mind, and spirit) things are far, far from even okay. My … Continue reading

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Day 5: Badlands National Park and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands

I had been unable to find the campground where I planned to stop near Ft. Pierce National Grassland the night before (Day 4 of my adventure), I had  continued on toward the interstate. I stopped for some sleep at the first … Continue reading

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LIAV Camp Roadtrip: Day 2-4 From Aberdeen toward the Badlands

I spent September 18 through afternoon of September 19 teaching a work related class in Aberdeen. My vacation really kicked off about 5pm on Sept. 19 when I left Aberdeen with a goal of reaching the Missouri River to catch … Continue reading

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LIAV Adventure: Day 1: Waubay National Wildlife Refuge

On the afternoon of September 17, I left St. Cloud for Aberdeen, SD where I wold be teaching a work related class for a couple of days. Just as the sun was  entering that lovely period of golden light before … Continue reading

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Coming attractions

Coming soon tales of life at the Enchanted Enclave where my goal is to experience . . . More moments of breathless awe and wonder. More comfort in my body. More sore stomach muscles from laughing hard and long. More … Continue reading

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Weaving the threads; cutting the threads

I am feeling the urge to both weave my past, present, and future together more tightly and to let go of baggage from the past and expectations for the future. To that end, I am moving some posts from previous … Continue reading

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Was that an explosion? I wonder if the meeting will be canceled.

Reading FB and twitter posts from people in Kabul has a surreal quality this morning (morning US time that is). Posts on Facebook from those whom I know personally and tweets from others posting on twitter are a mix of … Continue reading

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My Journey (so far) to Serve

One of the faces that drives my need to serve. I am not sure exactly when or how my desire to work for the greater good started. I grew up in a small town in the 70s and 80s and … Continue reading

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Calling all spiritual nomads

Where do you find spiritual community when even the Unitarian Universalist tent doesn’t feel large enough for your beliefs and practices? While there is nothing wrong with charting your own course,  celebrations are more fun when you have others with … Continue reading

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