Posts By: Elaine

The Rounding

By Posted in - Life on September 3rd, 2019 18 Comments The Rounding

I was once engaged to a man who loved animals. His devotion to his cats and dogs was utter and complete.

I loved animals as well, but lacked the immersive, day-in-day-out experience of taking care of …

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By Posted in - Life on June 30th, 2019 8 Comments Mother and daughter at slot machines

My parents were hard workers. Day after day they rose early, turned on the radio and made coffee in the silver percolator (my father), set out my breakfast and my bagged lunch (my mother), and …

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The Grandmother Effect

By Posted in - Life on June 2nd, 2019 22 Comments Grandmother

Nearly a year ago, when I was feeling stuck in certain areas of my life, a woman advised me to plant a tree.

“Something’s amiss in your roots,” she said. Maybe so. But I live in …

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Life Partner

By Posted in - Life on May 5th, 2019 4 Comments The Attentive Body blog

The dance school in the New Jersey town of my childhood was run by a quirky showbiz couple: Van, a.k.a. Miss Kelly, and her husband Ted. Miss Kelly was a petite woman with white-blonde hair …

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Hannah Metzler

By Posted in - Body Talks on April 1st, 2019 2 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

Oh how I wish I’d paid more attention during my high-school chemistry, biology, and physics classes. English lit was where it was at for me; science was something to be gotten through. But as an …

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Adventures of a Third Eye

By Posted in - Life on March 2nd, 2019 10 Comments forehead

My first memorable experience involving that prime piece of facial real estate, the forehead, was going to church with my schoolmates on a certain Wednesday, where, as Catholic tradition would have it, we formed long …

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Lately I’ve Been Taking Walks

By Posted in - Life on January 31st, 2019 12 Comments Buttes Chaumont at night

Lately I’ve been taking walks. Not the kind of walking that gets you from one place to another. Walking for the sake of walking. I started with my Beloved over the winter holidays and have …

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My Secret Sleep

By Posted in - Life on January 12th, 2019 8 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

The best place I’ve ever not-slept was a Zen temple in central France. Not-sleeping was an infrequent occurrence there, as the schedule was full and designed to keep your mind focused and your body busy. …

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By Posted in - Life on December 1st, 2018 8 Comments photo: Fredrik Wetterlundh

On July 19th, 2018, a violent thunderstorm descended on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, unleashing six-foot waves that capsized a tourist boat. Seventeen people drowned. Tia Coleman was on that boat with 10 family …

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By Posted in - Life on November 3rd, 2018 20 Comments

Last month I went home for a visit: a happy occasion, my niece’s wedding. I survived the long flight and dove into familial waters again after an absence of several years. It …

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