June 2012

Happy Priscilla

June 29, 2012

Thank you to everyone who commented during my birthday week! “It’s great to stumble across your life,” someone said. And I realized that because my blog is chronological, instead of organized around themes, anyone reading the last few posts might think this about me: Priscilla struggles with panic attacks. Priscilla doesn’t like the desert. Priscilla’s [...]

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Happy Birthday to Everyone!

June 24, 2012

“I want to do something meaningful on my birthday,” I told Rabbi Jacobson, “my soul doctor,” a while back. And Rabbi Jacobson responded: “Some of the greatest things in life don’t have to be so dramatic. Remember that. You can do something modest. When a mother cradles her child, fireworks don’t explode. That’s the secret [...]

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June 20, 2012

For years, I thought inner peace was a destination. But it’s turned out to be as fleeting as any other moment in my life. The panic attack I suffered in Las Vegas terrified me. Everything I thought I’d learned over the last few years seemed suspect. But now I’ve begun to see my panic attack [...]

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Leaving Las Vegas

June 16, 2012

I had a panic attack in a gigantic, brightly lit Target store on the outskirts of Las Vegas. My first one in four years. I’m not the mellow monk I thought I was. I was dehydrated and overwhelmed after helping my son move into his apartment in 106 degree heat. I was also very scared. [...]

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Desert Palms

June 14, 2012

Finding beauty in a Las Vegas parking lot:

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Red Rock Canyon

June 13, 2012

I drove out into the desert by myself one late afternoon, parked my car, and took this video. The desert scares me a little bit. It’s unforgiving, not to mention hot and dry. “Should people live here?” I keep wondering. Lizards, yes. But me? I’m not sure…

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Desert Plants

June 11, 2012

Las Vegas is very hot. And dry. So am I. And I’m fascinated with the plants who can thrive here:

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Busy Bird

June 7, 2012

On our first day in Las Vegas, my son and I looked at 5 different apartment complexes, took his car to be repaired, rented furniture, and paid a visit to Bed Bath and Beyond. All in 100 degree heat. When I pulled into my parking spot at the end of the day, I felt like [...]

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