Posts in the Category: Life

Roots

By Posted in - Life on August 29th, 2018 6 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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The Doppler Epiphany

By Posted in - Life on December 2nd, 2017 4 Comments veins and arteries of the human body

I work with the human body, but I must admit I’m not as well-versed in anatomy as I would like to be. I listen with my hands and can feel some amazing things – when …

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The Case for Darkness

By Posted in - Life on November 4th, 2017 2 Comments Elaine Konopka/The Attentive Body

The clocks have been turned back, the nights are getting longer, and I’m here to make the case for darkness. It’s futile to resist. It’s always there – the necessary counterpart to light — woven …

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