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A Love Affair with Mugs


If I had to pick a “thing” that brings me great pleasure, it’s ceramics, more specifically, mugs.

I think they are so lovely to look at and hold.  I feel grounded when I hold a mug that was crafted by a local artisan. One that is not perfectly shaped, but fits the contours of my hands and fingers.  I breathe a little easier, heart beats a little slower ~ my hands were made to hold this life giving vessel.

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When I am out and about, I am drawn to mugs.  I can’t help but notice their beauty.  Each one has its own history and uniqueness.  They tug at my heart, but I am reminded that I don’t really need any more.

What is this heart tug about?  I know that I have plenty of beautiful mugs.  I know that I will acquire more once I donate ones I no longer want.  But the heart knows what it needs and wants.  It seems to be about this feeling of staying connected to the earth.   

I don’t feel this way about many other “things”.  I certainly don’t breathe easier when I am holding my cell phone.  In fact, my hands tend to cramp up or fall asleep.  I find this difference quite telling about what my body knows it needs.

Whether it is an actual “thing” or something abstract, I’m going to keep listening to what my body is drawn to and what makes it happiest, and I hope you will to!!


I am a sensitive human, longing to brighten the world. I have worked in the nonprofit arena supporting families with parenting skills and a longer stint as a school counselor in public education. A chronic illness as changed the trajectory of my career and I remain hopeful that it will be more expansive than I realize now. My passions include using an excessive amount of mugs in one day, listening to sounds of flowing rivers, dancing to feel grounded, playing an Irish jig, appreciation for the miracle of growing food from the earth, my two fur babies coincidentally both named after horn players. My formal education is in Biology, Psychology, and Counseling. But I believe the best form of education comes from observation, experience, and self awareness. My intention is to share my observations of the world around and within me~ in hopes that it might be helpful for someone else. Peace and Love!

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