Loving Him/Her As Myself, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Loving Him/Her As Myself, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

This is not my first rodeo into this realm of the feminist movement.

Last time we demanded that men change, declared our sexual freedom, decided to make ourselves happy instead of waiting for “HIM” to make me happy, and burned our bras.  OHHH. . . the freedom we thought we had found.

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Lists...Again, by Susan Beyler

Lists...Again, by Susan Beyler

My mom was a confirmed list-maker.  As I observed her manage the home, I knew this was a helpful tool.

Fast forward – I am a confirmed list-maker.  But, my life is very different than my mother’s and my lists are same and more – much more complexity.

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Speaking Truth to Power, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Speaking Truth to Power, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."
                            ― Ann Rice

Many years ago in another lifetime, I was leaving a marriage, in which I did not work outside the home. I left weeks of prepared meals in the freezer and directions for each taped on the refrigerator door. I had spent our entire marriage trying to earn my keep and my value (since I did not bring in financial income).

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What is The Estuary?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

What is The Estuary?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
Jesus said to the woman at the well;  'Give me a drink'
                              -- John 4:10-26

A wise woman asked me today, “What is it about The Estuary that is so precious and so unique?  What is it that so many different kinds of people come here to find?”

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Finding Peace, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Finding Peace, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

It feels like as an elder in this community, I am being called upon to hold on even more tightly to the inner unity I have already found, rather than convincing others that I am right politically and socially.
 
It is disturbing to me to experience the violence and meanness that is so prevalent in the political world.  I don’t understand the divisiveness of racism, sexism, xenophobia etc.

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Seeking Truth, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Seeking Truth, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I was teaching a Kabbalah class last week and was especially moved by the delicious desire of this group to explore and find Truth. They were creative, curious and spiritually seeking.  The clarity in the room was refreshing and restorative.

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What Are You Waiting For?, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

What Are You Waiting For?, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

What are you waiting for?

That phrase has played over and over in my mind for so many years that I don’t remember when it started. Waiting to leave a bad marriage. Waiting to start dating again. Waiting to start Life Coach Training. Waiting to write my first blog. Why all of this waiting?

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Surrender, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Surrender, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Surrender is not a word that I like to use. It conjures up thoughts of giving in, someone else taking control, not winning. I am a strong person and I used to believe that to surrender was a sign of weakness and that was the last thing that I want to be seen as – weak.

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Playing it Safe, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Playing it Safe, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

Before the birth of my daughters and way before my divorce, I followed my curiosity. I followed whatever peeked my interest. 

I worked as a baker, a banker, an auditor, a real estate agent, a Spanish tutor, and even a flight attendant! 

I felt that I could be led by my sense of adventure and curiosity because the only one that I was responsible for was me.

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The Light and The Dark, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

The Light and The Dark, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
"Sometimes shadows are the only light we see."    
                                   - Leo Kotke

It was my birthday.

I was at a Leo Kotke concert with my sweet husband and family.  The guitar music poured over me with quiet joy and contentment.  I was happy, the venue was just right, we were sitting almost in front, and it felt intimate and joyful.

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