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our wedding picture
January 9th, 2015 by Kat Nagel

December 30, 1972

wedding picture

We were married in my mother’s living room, 42 years ago, and are still best friends.

My only regret: I doubt I will ever fit into that dress again.

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January 2nd, 2015 by Kat Nagel

Updated 2015-01-06: She found me! Sophie Cornell sent an email granting permission to use this photo, and she included three additional photos of small stones. Thank you, lovely lady!

One of my blogging inspirations is a program of mindfulness prompts called Small Stones that was offered in January for the last few years. It doesn’t seem to be happening this year, at least not formally, but I intend to continue writing my own small stones at least once a week.

I like to list my inspirations in the sidebar of this blog, but a column of plain text links is boring. This year, I found the perfect photo to illustrate my series of Small Stones, and attempted to contact the photographer to obtain permission to use it.

Unfortunately, the contact form on her site returns an error message.

If anyone knows how I can contact Sophie Cornell, please let me know.

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New Year 2014 to 2015
January 1st, 2015 by Kat Nagel

New year 2015

On this first day of the new year, I’d like to look back at the old year for a bit. Oh, not the usual “this went well but that didn’t” blurbs. My retrospective is more along the lines of an author’s acknowledgement in the front of a book.

Every freelancer has a support system. We may not have employees or staff, but we have individuals and groups that we depend on for survival and sanity. In my case, I am grateful for:

  • My clients, who keep my days productive and interesting.
  • Colleagues and friends in my professional networks, who teach me things and give me reality checks and sympathy when people or technology leave me frustrated.
  • My husband, who cooks, makes sure I get away from the computer and out of the house, and loves me even when I’m crabby.
  • The angels with mops who, twice a month, do the heavy cleaning my aching joints keep me from doing myself.
  • Opportunities to sing. Singing keeps me sane and healthy. Some days, singing is the only aerobic exercise I get.
  • Our cats, who provide endless entertainment and purr therapy.

Who is on your support team?

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December 28th, 2014 by Kat Nagel

Since this isn’t a single-theme blog, and my main goal is to become better at writing non-technical non-fiction, I use blogging challenges to prompt me to write outside my comfort zone.

  • NaNoBloPo (originally National Blog Posting Month; now continues with a new topic each month) has a new topic for January 2015: Habits. This could be fun.
  • January is usually when a new Mindfulness writing challenge begins at Writing Our Way Home. No announcement for 2015, yet, and they’ve just (physically) moved their Buddhist retreat center to a new home. I will try to write a weekly Small Stone anyway. I like the way it focuses my mind on one small thing.
  • Teaser Tuesdays and Third Sentence Thursday are a nice way to share what I’m reading.
  • Wordless Wednesday reminds me to recharge the batteries for my camera and get out there into the world and use it.
  • Flashback Friday is my alternative to the Internet meme “Throwback Thursday.”
  • Bev at My Reader’s Block is hosting a variety of reading challenges this year. I’ll sign up for Mount TBR again, of course, but there are a couple of others that look interesting: “Read It Again, Sam,” and “Vintage Mystery Bingo.” Sign up for those can be any time up to November 4, 2015, so I don’t need to decide on those right away .
  • I’ve lost one of my sources of inspiration for blogging topics. Sunday Scribblings shut down in 2013. I miss it. I’ll keep their prompts page bookmarked, in case they start up again.

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Andy and Cavendish
November 15th, 2013 by Kat Nagel

Yesterday you saw Cavendish as an adult cat. Today, I thought I’d show Cavendish as a six-month-old catlet.

At that age, Cav had two speeds, bat-out-of-hell and stop. I caught this picture just as Cav went through a phase change.

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