A Snail's Tale

A Snail's Tale

By Joy Jacot

I recently saw an article about Jeremy the snail. This snail is unique – one in a million actually, because his shell curls counterclockwise – placing his sexual organs on the left. Snails have no gender, but in order for them to mate, their organs must line up. Each and every one of us is unique in our own way. In some cases that may set us apart from others – and yet there is always a reason and a gift as nothing happens without purpose in the grand scheme.

 

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10 Relationship Problems and How to Solve Them

10 Relationship Problems and How to Solve Them

If you've been romantically involved with someone for a while, you're bound to run into some problems at some point. It's not a matter of being pessimistic, but of acknowledging how conflict is guaranteed to arise in some form due to human nature. Should your relationship hit a rough patch, you don't need to panic or end it - instead, you can address it head-on to hopefully emerge stronger than before.

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The Magic of Springtime

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Every year in early May, I spend three to six hours each morning at nearby Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Why? you may wonder. Well, Mt. Auburn, with its woodlands, lakes, and gardens, is a magnet for songbirds during their annual spring migration. They fly in by the hundreds on the way north from South and Central America. Some of them nest in the cemetery; others continue further to northern New England and Canada. But during the small window of time that they grace our local flowering trees and bushes, birdwatchers are blessed with up-close views of the colorful and musical birds of the tropics. Each year, I see or hear something new: a chestnut-sided warbler and a ruby-throated hummingbird having a territorial face-off; a flycatcher singing right next to a kinglet displaying its usually hidden ruby crown; a Baltimore oriole weaving a hanging basket nest in a tall maple tree; a wood thrush singing its fluted song on the ground a few feet in front of me. These moments are magical—a fleeting glimpse into nature’s secret world.
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For the Love of Bees

For the Love of Bees

Now that winter is over in New England, and spring bulbs are blooming in my garden, I am filled with sweet anticipation for the coming months of summer flower abundance. My life has increasingly revolved around the change of seasons since I moved to a house with a yard a few years ago. Although I have always filled my apartments with houseplants, I had never really gardened outdoors before. I read up on which flowers and bushes would bring butterflies and birds to the garden and slowly began to learn how to become a “midwife” to plant life.

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Life Flow Solutions:Addicted to your phone?

Life Flow Solutions:Addicted to your phone?

Do you feel a compulsion to answer a text or return an e-mail as soon as it arrives? Do you take your phone into the bathroom and check out messages while you are relieving yourself? Do you have to check your phone at the movie theater even though you know how much it irritates the people around you? Do you place your phone on the table and read (and answer) messages during a meal out with friends or spouse? When walking in a quiet park do you feel you have to check your phone? How do you feel when you think about leaving your phone off for 5 hours? Do you feel required to answer immediately or someone will not like you? Do you feel required to look at that text that just arrived while you’re talking in person to someone else?

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LifeFlow Solutions: 6 Solutions to Cure a Messy Home

LifeFlow Solutions: 6 Solutions to Cure a Messy Home

You don’t wash the dishes after a meal and they sit in the sink. The bed never gets made, the laundry never gets folded and the rug doesn’t get vacuumed. You see it all as wasted time but you know deep down you are too embarrassed to invite friends over because you haven’t dusted in weeks. The sheets on your bed haven’t been changed in how long? Now we are getting into judgment but there are several issues that bare looking at.

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Feminism and Anarchism 2017: Unity Consciousness

Feminism and Anarchism 2017: Unity Consciousness

In the 1970s, I was very active in the feminist movement in Boston, Massachusetts, where I participated in various women’s groups, including the editorial collective of Second Wave magazine. During that time, I wrote an article for Second Wave called “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection,” which subsequently was reprinted in booklet form in New York City, London, England, and Milan, Italy, among other places. It was also included in the anthology Reinventing Anarchy and has been read in Feminist Studies classes at the college and university level for many years. A student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania recently contacted me for an interview because she was writing her senior thesis on anarcha-feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. While I was speaking with her, it struck me how much interest there still is in these ideas. Then, after Trump was elected, a couple of friends of mine suggested that now might be a good time to reprint the article, with an update. So this is the update, and a link to a newly edited version of “Anarchism: The Feminist Connection” appears at the end of this post.

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The Zen of Bird-Watching

The Zen of Bird-Watching

If you want to develop greater inner patience and be a better listener, become a bird-watcher. If you want to learn how to remain motionless in absolute silence for open-ended periods of time, become a bird-watcher. And, if you long to experience being so centered in present-moment awareness that nothing else exists, become a bird-watcher. Sound kind of Zen-like?

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