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Getting out of a funk with a great self-help book
Monday, August 17, 2020      6 comments

I just figured out on last Thursday that I’m suffering from burnout. After 5 months of telecommuting, I had to go in to the office to swap out laptops, and was able to read flyers for the few remaining employees. Some of these had tips for self-... Read more
Juneteenth Google Doodle
Friday, June 19, 2020      2 comments

Here's the doodle itself
watch?v=GNEPwwv56DY&featur And this tells about making it
watch?v=ipodBEnW9Hk I first learned about Goog... Read more
(Updated) Powerful words on the protests by King County Executive
Tuesday, June 02, 2020      6 comments

In an employee newsletter, we got the full body of Dow Constantine's Twitter from Sunday (used here with permission). "A message from the Exec (Preface: I’m sorry for the many people who gathered to peacefully, earnestly protest injus... Read more
Mental Health Month #4: Supporting Others
Monday, June 01, 2020      4 comments

Yes, it’s a new month, but I figure mental health is always worth discussing, especially during the pandemic with extra fears, changes, and stress. So here is the final blog King County’s wellness group sent to employees: For the last week ... Read more
Racism: Another public health crisis
Saturday, May 30, 2020      7 comments

I don't watch the news; it is too depressing. So I did not recognize the names mentioned in my union's special member email with the subject "PROTEC17 stands for justice. We cannot sit in silence." I admit I don't read everything my union sends... Read more
Mental Health Month #3: Finding safe connection while social distancing
Monday, May 25, 2020      7 comments

Another excellent offering from the King County Balanced You wellness group: Social distancing is one the strongest tools we have to save lives and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Yet for many of us, the practice is difficult; while ... Read more
Mental Health Month #2: Creating Healthy Routines
Sunday, May 17, 2020      7 comments

Again, I am sharing an awesome resource I enjoy as an employee of King County in Washington. Here is a new installment in a series by our Wellness program: "For the second week of Mental Health Month, Balanced You is focusing on the topic “... Read more
Supporting Mental Health
Thursday, May 14, 2020      7 comments

The King County (Washington state, Seattle area) employee newsletter is running a great series here in May, sponsored by the internal wellness program Balanced You. From 5/7: “Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also influ... Read more
Missing Circle Time
Wednesday, May 06, 2020      6 comments

The whole time I was commuting up to Seattle, first with the state, then with my *much* better job with the county, I would journal while waiting for the bus and on my bus ride. So 5 days a week I spent 30-60 minutes to recount accomplishments f... Read more
Earth Day 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020      4 comments

I was in junior high on the first Earth Day in 1970. King County Executive, Dow Constantine was in 2nd grade in West Seattle protesting DDT, as he recalls in this 2-minute video Hope and Inspiration for 50th Earth Day: Read more
What a difference a month makes!
Wednesday, April 01, 2020      7 comments

From 3/1/20 to 4/1/20: I stay inside most of the time, I’ve been telecommuting for 3 weeks now, so it’s not surprising that my weight’s gone up 3 pounds. As a Spark Friend quoted from her local news: “Manatees eat for an average of 8 hours per d... Read more
Discovering Qigong
Saturday, March 28, 2020      4 comments

I've been trying new workouts to stay active, and was intrigued by a related one out to the right on YouTube. When it showed up on my recommended offerings on the TV today, I tried it and fell in love with these gentle, energizing, balancing mo... Read more
Focusing on what I can do
Friday, March 27, 2020      9 comments

It's a challenging time when so much is happening and disrupting our lives that is out of our control. It's easy to get caught up in fear and frustration over everything we can't do. Just like with losing weight or organizing, focusing on what w... Read more
10 Years Sober
Saturday, February 29, 2020      10 comments

I knew it was coming up, but I actually missed my own 10-year sobriety anniversary! It got eclipsed by official notification of my career position—ending a 14-month temporary assignment (which had been extended 3 months beyond the original 12) &... Read more
Acknowledging progress, even the babysteps
Thursday, February 27, 2020      9 comments

After writing this in my journal this morning, I thought, 'Hey, that's sort of profound' and so decided to share it with y'all: "We can't just focus on, or go straight to, what we wish we had done better. It's important to give ourselves cr... Read more

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