November 15, 2021

Vanessa’s blog is on temporary hiatus due to a death in her family.

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November 8, 2021

Photo from Canva.com.Grief is a candle flame.Now a soft, constant glow.Now a surging, blinding conflagration.No way to predict when the surge will come.Wait.Endure.Hope for peace.

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October 31, 2021

Photo from Canva.com.The other morning, a coworker tried calling our office during her commute. The call wouldn’t go through. The contractor we hired to connect the telecomm cables in our new office also couldn’t get through to us. After a bit of research, we discovered that the issue had to do with US area codes. For

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October 23, 2021

The other morning, before the sun was up, I looked out of my upstairs window and did a double-take. Why was there a woman, wearing a hat, doing pushups on the patch of lawn between me and my neighbors? I stared at her for a bit, turning the question over in my mind. Then I figured it

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October 16, 2021

In the movie The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Master Yoda talks about how Luke Skywalker is too focused on the future and doesn’t pay attention to where he is or what he is doing. Basically, Luke needed to practice mindfulness, the art of being fully present in the moment. I could’ve used some mindfulness myself this

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