I have a Bird in spring
It’s been almost 9 years since my oldest son (M) left home and moved across the country, some 3000+ miles away, to live on his own. He would come back home for Christmas. A few years in, my youngest son (T) had cemented his belief that Christmas was THAT: the coming home of his brother. That M’s visit was Santa’s ultimate Christmas apparition. Some years later we moved. Now between us was not just one continent, but also one ocean. And M’s coming home became Christmas, whatever the time of year that he may visit: a cause for celebration.
Continue reading “On Letting Go”
We’re getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo this April! What’s in your writer’s toolkit? Today, Shantea Gauthier, author and NaNoWriMo participant tells us her essential writer’s tools:
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you figure out
how you do it
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On May 25th, FromABirdie delivered 112 books, 1902 letters, and 3314 pages to the teachers and staff at the Noor Ul Iman (NUI) school’s Staff Appreciation Lunch in NJ. The books of letters were coordinated by the extraordinary NUI PTO members. We are so thrilled and grateful to have had this opportunity, and hope to work on many future collaborations with PTOs and PGAs everywhere!
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I read a handout on a recent prescription and was warned of the following side effect: having a false sense of well-being.
Could be me. Seriously. How do I know if that good feeling I’m feeling is actually false? Will my good friends tell me? Isn’t that feeling a good thing? Is it optimism? Is it courage? false in terms of what? in terms of whom? If I believe it, it isn’t true? What facts will prove my sense of well-being is false, not true? I’m trapped in dualistic thinking, a side effect of reading prescription labels. Continue reading “A Possible Side Effect: Having a False Sense of Well-Being”
Today we want to share two recent academic papers that give backing to the ideas behind FromABirdie.
The first one, “Expressive Writing and Wound Healing in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial” describes an experiment in which adults, after undergoing a biopsy that left a wound, were asked to spend 20 minutes a day writing either about their emotions or about regular time management needs. After just 11 days, 76% those who had written about emotions had the wound healed, compared to just 42% of the other group.
Continue reading “Simple Ways to Improve your Health and Well-Being – Write and Connect with Friends Well”
Infinity came up this morning. First the question, what does it mean when the word is used as an adjective, then the curiosity to imagine what infinity means within my so-finite life lived under “the constraint of time.”
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I rode a train, met a new young friend, who thinks I should blog. Say what?
She, a champion swimmer, claims she’s not creative. I said I doubt that very much.
I told her creativity is problem solving, making decisions. I forgot to tell her it’s also play.
Continue reading “Reanimating Relationships”
We are feeling quite humble in our beginning. Thanks to Alex Maccaw for writing this fabulous blog post.
It’s easy to forget the humble beginnings that great companies start from, and it’s tempting to gloss over the fact that companies, now on the global stage, were once small projects with ugly designs and hacky implementations.
Continue reading “Humble Beginnings-Alex Maccaw”