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“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart

In a few scant hours, the moon is going to waltz across the sky and obscure the brilliance of the sun. From here in Central Minnesota, I won't be able to see a complete eclipse, but the partial view is still going to be pretty spectacular. (By the time you read this, it might already be past!)

This Monday feels like a day of new beginnings and a shift in not only consciousness, but lifestyle. This was my first morning in our new apartment, my first day on the new bus route(s), and the changes are visceral. I began my week-long challenge of only drinking green tea instead of coffee. I have a new kitchen to play around in, and finally bake stuff and make healthier foods.

Last night I went to the Obon Festival at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and even amid the heat, humidity, and swarms of festival-goers I still felt reflective - as though some chapter of my life was quietly closing to make way for something new and different. At an event that honors one's past and ancestors, …

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