Friday, October 24, 2014

Little meals make big memories

Some days lunch is medicinal—one child is sickly and could use soup or juice. One is off to a sports event, and carbohydrates are a good idea. One is sad, and would like comfort food. One is bored, and her sandwich could use a face.

Be as loose as a dancer, as variable as an actor, as thoughtful as a chessplayer, when you decide to make for lunch sometimes!
Some holidays
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, October 23, 2014


 photo DSC00595.jpg"Fill your house with peace, toys, interesting things, good food, and love."
—Colleen Prieto
photo by Sandra Dodd, of Holly's scene
(more about Barbie and unschoolers)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Say "okay" in a timeless way

 photo SCAN0030.jpgWhen I said "okay" to Kirby I was saying okay to the little Sandra inside me who might otherwise have built up some jealous resentment about this new kid getting to do things I never got to do. It was healing to imagine that if my mom had been fortunate enough to have other influences and better circumstances maybe she would have said yes to me more often too.
photo of a little Kirby Dodd in the refrigerator,
by his mom, Sandra Dodd, back in the '80s

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No other way

 photo DSC02395.jpgRead a little, try a little, wait a while and watch. There is no other way to learn this than gradually. There is no other way to learn to see clearly how it works than by trying it a bit at a time and seeing how putting learning first changes other things—how putting peace ahead of schedules changes things.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, October 20, 2014

Be abundantly supportive.

 photo JanineDavies.jpgIt is possible for someone to see through a lens of negativity. Pessimism and cynicism can do irreversible damage to relationships, so dismantle those if you're living with them in you. In your choice making, in your moments, choose to see the good side of each coin. Decide to see what you have, with eyes of gratitude. See the abundance around you. Be abundantly supportive. Be someone another will be grateful for.
photo by Janine Davies (it's a link)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's important

 photo DSC09980.jpg"If it's important to them, then it's important."
—Laurie Wolfrum
photo by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, October 18, 2014


In New Mexico there's a kind of cool tradition, of having an old pickup in the back yard. We had this one.

Bonus points if it runs; this one usually did.

If it's turquoise? Jackpot. This one was.

Now, though, it's off to be used by an auto-shop class at Dulce Jr./Sr. High School. It was always a truck passed between Keith and his friend Bob, who was best man at our wedding.

Marty is getting married next month. His best man wasn't born yet when that truck was made. Neither of them went to school, as kids. The bride did. She was a cheerleader at Bernalillo High School.

My kids used to be together all the time, every day, feeling crowded, sometimes. Now they don't see each other for weeks or months.

Things change. Even in the best of peaceful circumstances, things change. Keep your balance, find gratitude and abundance, and accept changes gracefully when you can.

Images from the winter before Kirby moved away.
photos by Sandra Dodd
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