Posts in the Category: Life

Chucking the Compost

By Posted in - Life on June 7th, 2020 14 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

Late last year, along with my Beloved and the bank, I became the proud if bewildered owner of a house in a small village in northwest France. This house has a substantial garden. I am …

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(Not) Drowning in the C

By Posted in - Life on April 15th, 2020 8 Comments

In times of adversity, it is important to be strong within and sparing of words.

I-Ching: The Book of Changes (Richard Wilhelm, translator)


This month’s blog is by far the …

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Reconciled Among the Stars

By Posted in - Life on February 27th, 2020 6 Comments

On a fairly regular basis, I find myself saying (out loud, no less) that I would give anything for an extra day in the week. I know my to-do list would simply expand to fill …

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When the Year is New No More

By Posted in - Life on January 23rd, 2020 6 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

There was a stretch of time when I spent every New Year at a Zen Buddhist temple in central France. The annual winter retreat was cradled in what the Germans call “the days between the …

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Best Wishes

By Posted in - Life on December 14th, 2019 8 Comments The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

I have a school memory that has banged up against my subconcious so consistently that it has busted its way into my dreams. I’m in my school uniform, sitting at my desk with the groove …

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Back Home

By Posted in - Life on November 10th, 2019 10 Comments Your center moving through space

At the western edge of the New Jersey town where I grew up, a lovely park spread from the boulevard down to the bay, with generous hills for rolling in autumn leaves or winter snow, …

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The Rounding

By Posted in - Life on September 3rd, 2019 22 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 24 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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