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Everything But Love is a Misunderstanding

October 23, 2015

Dear Ones,

It has been over a month since my last blog, and this newsletter is coming to you a week after I posted a new blog “Everything But Love is a Misunderstanding” by Petra Lentz Snow. This is a far cry from my previous weekly blog and newsletters, so I’d like to discuss the reasons for this slowdown. At the end of August I fell and sustained a mild concussion, but even a mild one certainly slows you down. In addition, a lot of family concierge (the title of a future blog) issues came up that required my immediate attention. Hopefully they are now settled for a time. Life always brings us problems and annoyances – some little, some large. In my experience the best we can do is deal with them with as little drama and as much common sense as possible.

I have learned from the last weeks that I need to attempt to go more with the flow of life, and try to control my “Type A personality” traits. It took a bang on the head to teach me. I offer you my experiences of learning to do so in hopes those of you who want to can learn from them without an injury or one sort or another. I’ll keep you posted on how I am doing in my newsletters.

Petra Lentz Snow who wrote last week’s blog (www.marlisewabunwind.com/blog.htm ), like Meredith Little, works with the School of Lost Borders. When I read her blog it moved me greatly. Petra has survived breast cancer and writes about the experience with an amazing amount of honesty. Since this is breast cancer awareness month, I thought this blog was very timely and wanted to help get it to as many people as possible. Far too many of us have experienced cancer as either patient or caretaker. I have been both. It is a profoundly life-changing experience. I think Petra expresses this with a great deal of openness and understanding. I urge you to take the time to sit and quietly read this lengthy and worthwhile piece of writing.

In the past month I have been doing a good bit of animal care. Koko, our almost eleven-year-old standard brown poodle (who I rescued the last time I had a concussion. We Red Hawks tend to fly into life head first.) needed surgery on a benign mass on her eye from which she is now recuperating well. I use Dr. Rose DiLeva of Animal Wellness Center in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (http://www.altpetdoc.com/ ) for my animals and have for the past twenty years. Koko got regular acupuncture before I did.

This summer I have been feeding a family of crows around my house because they remind me of Ravens (the opposite of Red Hawks) and provide me with a lot of entertainment. This activity brought me another visitor, a sandy-colored tabby who came to eat the crow’s food. I sent emails around to my neighbors but no one claimed her. So I began to feed her. Then it threatened to get cold. In fact we recently had our first frost. I enlisted the help of a friend who has taken 500 cats off the street and had them spayed or neutered, inoculated, if possible adopted, or returned healthier to their original territory. She brought over a humane trap and I began to feed Kitty in it. As it turned out, Kitty was not feral but either dumped or lost. This became clear when about a month later I got an email from a neighbor who had sometimes also fed kitty. The Kitty had been hanging out by her house and driving her two cats crazy. One day my neighbor saw Kitty, sat down and Kitty jumped into her lap. To make the story a little shorter, we took kitty to a spay clinic and had her inoculated (since she had already been spayed) etc., and she is now living in a downstairs room of the house where she can be warm and comfortable but not have encounters with Koko until they both adjust. Haven’t 100% settled on her name yet so will let you know that later. We also have to acclimate her to Tiko the rescue chinchilla. Don’t think she’ll be much interested in Fred, our twelve or so year old turtle or the fish. As my daughter pointed out we now have in our home one of most animal species that like to live with humans.

I have still not yet made arrangements with one of the many people I admire to be featured in the next blog. I will try my best to do so soon, but, if not, I may write a blog about a different subject, or use someone else’s blog. So the next blog , like this one, will be a surprise for me as well as you. With my webmaster and social media mistress, Star Alexander and Star Savoy Alexander, I will work to get some people up on the My Circle page soon.

As always I want to thank all of you who take the time to look at my website, read my blogs and encourage your friends to subscribe to this newsletter. Please continue to spread the word, and remember to tell people they have to click on “confirm” in the email they get right after subscribing. I encourage you to share the blogs or refer other people to them but please credit them to me.

I would appreciate it if you would take a minute to LIKE my author page on Facebook, Marlise Wabun Wind, and ask your friends to LIKE it as well. If each of you sent out that little “please like this page” request to ten of your friends, and some of them responded, it would be a great help when potential editors check out my “social media presence”. Then you might in the nearer future get to read the great young adult novel I have completed with Jennie Stephens, and the wonderful new Medicine Wheel Guide I have almost finished with Jennifer Patten. Think you’ll really like both new books.

I wish you all the possibility of enjoying a more flowing, relaxing life. Know that I’ll be trying to do the same, difficult as it might be. Isn’t it ironic that enjoyment, relaxation and living life as it comes is difficult for so many of us?

Marlise Wabun Wind