Saturday alchemy


The world is so quiet out there.

There’s a tiny bird couple who’ve made a nest on my front porch. I’m not going to be able to turn my porch light on for a few months now. I’m really looking forward to watching that little family grow.

My dog is bickering with the squirrel in the back yard.

There is space between every one of my thoughts, filled by the quiet.

I woke up at my normal time. I thought, “it’s Saturday. I could just read for a while.” I did, and I fell back asleep.

I got up and thought that I probably “should” do something. I have a blog post to write.

I’m making a dinner to give to family who live in town. I’m being generous and letting them come pick it up. I don’t want to hog all the errands for myself.

I have just a little bit left to write on my book.  Probably a thousand words and an updated bio. I don’t feel like it.

I’m letting that sit there. I wasn’t the person who didn’t feel like doing something. I am today.

Today is not a day of accomplishments. I spent most of the day talking on the phone, cooking a meal for someone I love, coloring a rock for Charlie, or writing this. I wasn’t really productive.


Today was a really great day. I spent most of the day talking on the phone. When I wasn’t talking to someone I love, I was cooking a meal for someone else I love or coloring a rock for Charlie or jotting this blog note to people I love.

I tell the same story two different ways. It’s just my perspective that changes. They feel very different.

There is no one here to tell me to Snap Out of It or to try to cheer me up if I need it or fight with me if I need that. It’s my job. I’m still learning how to be responsible for myself!

You can see that I’m really working on my alchemy skills, turning the quiet into peace, spending a quiet Saturday turning things into other things.

You might read this on a Thursday. It might feel like Saturday for a while. Alchemy.


These last few weeks, so many of you have sent me an email letting me know that my blog post has meant something to you. Thank you. I cannot tell you how much that means to me.

Remember this: you are loved.

If these words helped you, please feel free to share them with someone you know who might need. That’s one kind thing that you can do. And if you have additional, positive ideas, please share them in the comments!

And remember: in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love and light, Maggie


p.s. The colors are changing. The onion is coming – The Rainbow Onion.

The Rainbow Onion is my next book. It’s about Color Thinking. And Hope. And Transformation. I’m going to need a book launch team. If you’re interested in finding out more, let me know.

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  1. Katherine April 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I’m reading your Saturday alchemy and it is Thursday and it does feel like a Saturday, maybe even a Sunday. Growing up Sunday felt and sounded like a sleepy, lazy day, punctuated by the sounds of Train Town and wind chimes. It feels more like a Sonoma day today since the sun is out and the scents of flowers are blowing in the wind. It has been a little strange to acclimate to this slower pace, but it has transformed my home. I’ve had time to unpack boxes, do repairs, and hang pictures. Now my home feels more welcoming. Alchemy!


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