Inspiration/Perspiration Fridays


How Bout a Cup of Joe?

LaFitterina: Looking over our writings this week about our essential daily routines, I found it interesting that several of us included mention of making tea or coffee. It’s quite beneficial for the brain to focus intently on one thing early in the day. By concentrating on a detailed routine that results in delicious coffee or tea, your brain is primed to concentrate throughout the rest of the day.

Did you know that scientists are saying that the brain is like a muscle — it grows and and gets stronger with practice? It follows that, by repeating a precise, detailed, semi-obsessive coffee/tea-making exercise daily, the brain’s ability to focus will become stronger.


Or, maybe it’s just the stimulating, warm jolt of caffeine coursing through our veins that makes us feel ready to tackle the challenges of the day.

Bareback, Sidesaddle, English, Cowboy???

Ms. Bockle: Halfway through WILD, by Cheryl Strayed, I came across an anecdote she wrote about a visit to an astrologer–and it included references to her father:

“The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse and ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself…Perhaps there will come a time…when you’ll need to get on that horse. You’re going to hesitate. You’re going to falter. To heal the wound your father made, you’re going to have to get on that horse and ride into battle like a warrior.

I put on my stupid sandals and began the long walk to Castle Crags.”


While WILD is a story about several aspects of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, there is one that stands out in my mind: how even though her feet were blistered and bloody and throbbing with pain, Cheryl kept hiking (hobbling) along.

I need to get over myself and get on the horse.

Thank-you, Ms. Rivers

Mizzfit: After a week of checklists detailing how we get our everyday acts together I thought this Joan Rivers quote was quite apt. Cheers to a lovely weekend!


[Img.Src: Bonnie McCarroll Thrown from “Silver”, 1915]

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