Susan Vaughan-Fier

“What you seek is seeking you.” Rumi

This quote best describes how I come to blogging. The exercise is one of participation, one of reminding. I have, in many varied ways, been chasing myself, for a long time. Enough, for me, is the practice of stopping the chase, remembering what’s there. I am lucky enough to be a partner, mother, sister and friend.

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Drowning in Towels

Apr 04

Drowning in Towels

I am unexpectedly moving again. Most people dislike moving, but for me, I’ve always liked it. There are so many beautiful places to live, so many different spaces to inhabit. I also like the reminder of that people are my home, that the space is secondary. The other thing I love about moving is that at some point in the process, I have to confront my material life....

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Looking in the Box

Mar 18

Looking in the Box

Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open? —— Rumi   I went to see the Dalai Lama two weeks ago. He spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To be in his presence was exciting and emotional in a lot of ways. He is simple and present, a joy to behold. I went to see him because I believe(d) he is...

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Enough Stimulation?

Mar 06

Enough Stimulation?

Heidi’s recent post about screen time is important and very relevant to me. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of our wireless connection. It was actually a New Year’s resolution, but in January, I was in no way resolute. On a whim, I suggested it to my husband. It was a light suggestion, more of a hopeful wish than a practical idea. February came, and new year...

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The Work of Our Hands

Jan 31

The Work of Our Hands

“The human hand allows the minds to reveal itself.”                                                            —Maria Montessori The Work of Our Hands: Part 1 I used to make handmade paper. Here’s how I learned —I was in graduate school, and we were talking about some esoteric idea about education and a woman seated far back in the auditorium interrupted....

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Enough (Chocolate Cake?)

Jan 04

Enough (Chocolate Cake?)

I’ve come to the idea of enough through my journey of discontent. I’ve been lucky or unlucky, however you choose to view it, to get many of the things, my younger self desired. What is the Emerson quote “Wherever you go, there you are.” As I see it, I was lucky to waste a lot of time “getting more” of the things that I was led to believe were going to make me...

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