Posts By: Elaine

Family

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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RSVP

By Posted in - Life on October 2nd, 2018 4 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

I’m writing this from seat 46H of a westbound transatlantic flight. The seatbelt sign has just been turned off, though the way my body is pressed back into the seat tells me we’re still climbing. …

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Roots

By Posted in - Life on August 29th, 2018 8 Comments roots

Recently I spent an afternoon with a woman who had been introduced to me by a mutual friend. She had a naturally tanned face lined like a rural map, bright blue eyes, a long single …

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Thrown

By Posted in - Life on June 26th, 2018 21 Comments bottom of the ocean

Just a few days after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were reported in the media last month, I got an email from an old friend. She’d been going through some boxes and …

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Small Things of Consequence

By Posted in - Life on May 27th, 2018 16 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

We tend to admire the longer, larger things in life: the tallest building, the longest bridge, the highest mountain, the furthest distance travelled, the relationships that go way back. Today I want to pay tribute …

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Heart of Glass

By Posted in - Life on April 28th, 2018 10 Comments shattered glass on black background

From the stranger-than-fiction file: there were times in his turbulent life when Charles VI, king of France from 1380 to 1422, was convinced his body was made of glass.

During these episodes, the monarch – dubbed …

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Ode to the Spider

By Posted in - Life on April 1st, 2018 6 Comments spider

Would you trade this human body for any other? I would not, despite its flaws and limits. But I’ve thought about it. I have envied the elephant its massive dignity, the cat its lithe spine, …

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The Good Question

By Posted in - Life on March 4th, 2018 4 Comments The Good Question

What’s your earliest memory of doing good? Not being good, as in behaving well. Not doing something well, as in succeeding. But doing good in the sense of walking through life and giving your best …

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When the Answer Is No

By Posted in - Life on February 3rd, 2018 0 Comments The Attentive Body/Elaine Konopka

I’ve already written about disappointment, but damned if it doesn’t keep rearing its pointy head. Clients, friends, yours truly – it seems no one is spared life’s letdowns these days. And why should we be? …

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An Invitation to Wonder

By Posted in - Life on January 7th, 2018 0 Comments An Invitation to Wonder: the Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

Last December I led a writing workshop, Invent/ory, which encouraged participants to take stock of the year behind them, think about the year ahead, and dig a little further into the past to find experiences …

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