dawnponders Blog Posts

  • Home Stretch
    on Aug 1, 2016 in cleaning moving packing purging
    We are definitely in the home stretch.What does that look like, you might ask?Well, since every move is different and requires various levels of divestment, organization, cleaning and the like, it is difficult for me to generalize. I can only report...
  • A Few Useful Moving Helpers
    on Jul 28, 2016 in cleaning donating junk moving
    **Please note that this entire moving experience has made me come to grips with my privilege in a most tangible way. Everything that I have written about, joked about, complained about, or simply observed comes from a place of extraordinary fortune a...
  • Moving Stress
    on Jul 25, 2016 in moving order packing stress
    According to healthcare people who know a lot more about this stuff than do I, the five most stressful situations in life are...(listed here in no particular order, because I would never presume that one is worse than another.)1. The death of a loved...
  • The Art of Garage SalesGarage sales are just not my thing.There I said it.I understand why some people enjoy the experience. It is the thrill of the hunt. It's like an urban  safari and the weapons of choice are loonies and toonies. A giant Pokemon Go discovery/scaven...
  • Am I Erasing Memories?How do we draw the line between straightforward downsizing and memory erasure?If moving into a smaller space were simply all about shedding the detritus that we no longer want, use, or realistically require, it would be really easy. I would simply ca...
  • First World Moving Rules
    on Jul 3, 2016 in moving packing purging rules
    Before I delve into the real core of this post, I cannot and will not pretend that the things that I am describing are anything other than first world problems. When I talk of moving and the inevitable "downsizing" that goes along with it, I am conti...
  • What Should I Do With All That Stuff?A quick hit from the depths of purging, purifying, and packing.I had a fascinating conversation with Younger Son last weekend. While he cleaned out the last remnants of his time here at the house in the North Jewish Ghetto, I asked him what he though...
  • Seattle and Home
    on Jun 18, 2016 in Pacific Northwest Seattle travel
    We will be traveling all day today, so I thought that I would use the time to post one final time from this exquisite jaunt. Since we have been up since 3:00am in order to catch an early morning flight out of Seattle and a connection out of San Franc...
  • Some Random ThoughtsWe have been at sea since yesterday, so I thought that I'd use the time to reflect on some scattered thoughts about this wondrous trip so far. These are presented in no particular order, and if they seem somewhat incoherent it is because I am heavily...
  • Today in Skagway
    on Jun 12, 2016 in Alaska Pacific Northwest Skagway travel
    If today was just another day from this magnificent vacation north, I might have written about our Jeep trip and off-roading adventure from Skagway, through White Pass, back over the Canadian border, and on up to Carcross Yukon following in the foots...
  • Our Disappearing GlaciersThe Talmud tells the story of The scholar Choni. As Choni is walking one day, he comes across an old man planting a carob tree."How long will it be until the tree bears fruit?" asks Choni."Seventy years or more," answers the old man."Are you so...
  • The Eagle Has Landed
    on Jun 10, 2016 in Alaska Eagles Pacific Northwest travel
    "I am the eagle, I live in high country. In rocky cathedrals, that reach to the sky. I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers, but time is still turning they soon will be dry. And all those who see me and all who believe in me, share in the fre...
  • On the Waters to Alaska
    on Jun 9, 2016 in Alaska orcas Pacific Northwest travel
    We have been on several cruises but never one that has seen the water as clear and smooth as glass as this one has been so far. I almost hesitated writing that sentence for fear that the motion-sickness gods would be angered and strike me down with a...
  • The Gift of GraceSometimes one finds grace in the unlikeliest of locales.As we made our way down Robson Street toward the glorious urban oasis that is Stanley Park, I spent several minutes thanking the Divine Spirit for the glorious weather with which we have been bl...
  • Going Green on the Left CoastThere is an ease in the lifestyle out here in British Columbia that makes an old libtard like me feel right at home. I feel a true forwardness in philosophy and a conscientious effort on the part of the people to live their best lives. Now, don't get...
  • Through the Eyes of a ChildToday I had an extraordinary experience that was totally random and entirely unexpected, and the best part was that I got to witness the joy through the eyes of a four-year-old.I had great trepidation as we boarded the ferry for Victoria. As I have m...
  • A Day For the SensesI have come to the conclusion that the worst thing to happen to travel in this generation has to the invention of the selfie stick. I have never witnessed so many people in the presence of so much incredible beauty so totally oblivious to their surro...
  • Esa EinaiEsa einai el heharim, me'ayin yavo ezri I will lift up my eyes to the mountains.From where does my help come?   Ezri me'im Adonai, Oseh shamayim va'aretz  My help comes from Adonai, who made heaven and earth.  (Psalm 121...
  • Our Pacific Coast ProcrastinationHow does a Type A, list-making, ubër-organized, and overly methodical middle-aged woman successfully procrastinate the massive amounts of cleaning and purging still necessary in order to successfully facilitate a summer move without suffering from m...
  • Timeliness
    on May 24, 2016 in change changes Hillel moving timeliness
    I spent some quiet time with a friend yesterday and we talked extensively about changes and timeliness. She told me that she was making a concerted effort to tackle the decades-long procrastination of wading through the mountains of "no longer releva...
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