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Volume 2, Issue 4: Practicing the Art of Play

 Dirt Path Press

May 2012

Practicing the Art of Play

Greetings!     

Did you notice that we missed last month? Between March’s call to Put on Our Own Oxygen Mask First and May’s call to Practice the Art of Play we seemed to have missed April all together. We’ll call that “Accepting that We do the Best We Can, 1; Boundaries that Stress Us Out, 0.”

It seems the concept of Rest and Play are on the minds of many great thinkers these days, so we thought we’d tackle one at a time: Play. Play, it seems, opens our receptors to all kinds of great things, the likes of improved health, happier mental disposition, and even allows us a window into our true nature. It turns out who we really are can be found in who we were in our childhood, when mortgages and interest rates and profits were something for adults to deal with. Us? We just played. When I think about who I was at five years old, the animals and the school supplies and the card games and the love of my grandmother’s garden…it’s not only who I am, but also who I want to be.

This month’s “What We’re Reading” tackles the issue of greatness by way of practice. While we may be born with certain dispositions, none of us is born great at anything. The difference between good and great comes down to one fundamental thing: meaningful practice. What if, we wonder, we combine practice and play? Might the curmudgeon-ness of our growing up being tempered by the deep practice of play? I, for one, am going to give it a go.

In gratitude for the gift of play and the time I allow myself to engage in it,

Nicole Lusiani

Founder, Dirt Path Publishing


What We’re Watching

Want to spent a joyful hour (or 3) on youtube? Search “Animals Playing Together” and you’ll have yourself a ball. While there were several great videos to choose from (including a mesmerising one with a horse and a dog, and another we felt particularly drawn to because it showed the absolute sweetness of a well-raised pit bull), in the end we could not tear ourselves away from the delight of a baby’s laugh and the joy of playing with her dog. Baby, we feel the same way!

 

What We’re Reading

Got 10,000 hours? According to The Talent Code, a bestseller written by Daniel Coyle, that’s what it takes to achieve real success. Although it may seem daunting, it’s actually quite liberating because, as it turns out, greatness isn’t born, it’s made. Coyle draws on both neurology and research to uncover this simple reality: to allow ourselves to practice deeply and meaningfully is to allow ourselves the ability to be great. 
Click here to learn more about the book.
This Month’s Story

This month’s story takes us to one funny lady to show us what happens when we turn frustration inside out. Jenny Lawson’s blog makes us laugh out loud and this one, “And that’s Why You Should Pick your Battles,” might be the best of the bunch. Rated PG-13 for language, we give it an A+ for Play.

Read the Story
About Us
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Press as our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.
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Volume 2, Issue 3: Putting on Your Own Oxygen Mask

 

 Dirt Path Press

March 2012

Putting on Your Own Oxygen Mask

Greetings!     The motto at Dirt Path Press this month is “Put your own mask on first!” We are all so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves; the irony is, unless we take care of ourselves, there is nothing left for other people.

For the last several weeks my husband has been asking me to accept “good enough,” to be gentle with myself, to do what feels counterproductive in order to be productive. I heard the words and my weepy eyes told me they were true, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. Until I did. Read this month’s story to find out about my baby steps toward asking for help.

I’m hoping those metaphorical baby steps will lead me to literal steps, the kind of steps that come with exercise. I just found out some amazing things about a person’s body and soul that made me think I wasn’t hopeless after all, and that it is possible even as I creep up on 40 years old to be healthier than I ever have before. I’ve been passing this book around for months and now, I pass it on to you.

In gratitude for the ability to (finally start) taking care of myself,
Nicole Lusiani
Founder, Dirt Path Publishing

Quote of the Month     Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin
What We’re Watching

We at Dirt Path Press have admired Ellen DeGeneres for a long time. Anyone willing to risk their career for the freedom to speak her truth is our kind of girl. This video of her standing tall in the face of bigoted intimidation reminds us that there is no better way to take care of yourself than to stand up for yourself.     Watch the video
What We’re Reading

On our nightstands this month is Deepak Chopra’s Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. Did you know that approximately every six months you have essentially a whole new body because almost every cell has regenerated? That means no matter what condition we’ve allowed our bodies to tolerate, we constantly have the opportunity to right the wrongs and start anew. Full of biological and spiritual insights, we encourage you to check it out. Click here to learn more about the book.
This Month’s Story     Is “fine” my aspiration? One day, if one of my sons was working as hard as I am right now and was offered even the most minor of breaks, would I want him to say, “No thanks, I’m fine?”   Read the Story
About Us
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Press as our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.

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P.O. Box 2623, Alameda, CA. 94501     *     510.239.7157

Volume 2, Issue 2: What Serves You?

 

 Dirt Path Press

February 2012

What Serves You?

 

Greetings!

At Dirt Path Press we’ve spent the last month considering what’s really important to us and then comparing that with how we are spending our time and energy. We found it quite revealing; so much so, it inspired us to write this issue.

As we enter the month of Saint Valentine, I’m left to consider another question: As our lives busy with the care and love of others, when do we figure out how to care and love ourselves? My answer this month comes in the form of letting go what doesn’t serve me. The number one thing not serving me right now is the guilt that comes from having a messy house. Read this month’s story to find out more.

If you were to have a conversation with your younger self, might you discuss something along the lines of embracing what’s important and releasing what’s not? I surely would. This month’s “What We’re Reading” section includes a book inspired by the wisdom that comes with age and the lessons learned along the way. I highly recommend it.

In gratitude for what’s important,
Nicole Lusiani
Founder, Dirt Path Publishing

Quote of the Month

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

~Phyllis Diller

What We’re Watching

We find Martha Beck, author and life coach, a pure delight. Her books and magazine columns inspires us each and every time we read them. Come to find out, she now has a “channel” on YouTube as well. In this “episode” she discusses a powerful old story about rocks and sand. As you consider how to find time for what’s important, we think it’s worth  checking out.

Doing Important Things

What We’re Reading

What I Know Now, Letters to My Younger Self edited by Ellyn Spragins, asked dozens of extraordinary women to write letters to their younger selves. “Women who, despite their current success, once needed guidance to fulfill their own personal dreams and desires.” It’s a great read for people who have said to themselves, “If I only knew then what I know now…” In other words, its a great read for all of us.

Click here to learn more about the book.

This Month’s Story“I take a deep breath and turn to the mess in the kitchen left over from last night’s dinner and see my husband out of the corner of my eye, standing in the door way, eyes twinkling over his coffee.”

Read the Story

About Us
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Press as our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.
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Volume 2, Issue 1: Service

 


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Volume 2, Issue 1

Service

Hello 2012!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family asks all of us to honor his work and his ultimate sacrifice by spending the national holiday in service. We cannot improve our own lives unless we also work to improve the lives of others; as far as Dirt Path Publishing is concerned, what better way to set the tone for a blessed 2012 than a commitment to serving others? Our intention to do just that begins with this year’s first issue of the Dirt Path Press, dedicated to the theme of service.

New to the Dirt Path Press this month is a section called, “What We’re Reading.” While our intention is to one day feature our own writers in this section, until then we bring to you what inspires us to stay on our dirt path, as opposed to following the masses down a concrete road of certainty. Let’s face it, that “certainty” hasn’t brought us many rewards in recent years; maybe we all need to try a different route to happiness?

This month’s story is about a full circle moment that helped me remember service comes in many packages. For quite a while I’ve been struggling with the idea that I don’t do enough to serve others in my community. Just recently I’ve come to realize that I’m actually living and working in service every day. Whether it’s expressing gratitude to your waitress or patient with the barista or giving your loved ones a bit more of your undivided attention, this month I ask you to consider walking in the world with the intention to serve. Might your life (and our world) be better as a result?

In gratitude for the ability to serve,

Nicole Lusiani
Founder, Dirt Path Publishing

Quote of the Month

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.”

I’ve Been To The Mountaintop,
April 3, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr., the night before his assassination.
What We’re Watching

This short video helps us remember that our life is our own, but it’s certainly not only about us. Feeling down? Feeling tired? Feeling overwhelmed? Instead of sinking inward into negativity, push yourself out toward serving others. What you experience might just surprise you.

Get Over Yourself–Serving Others Serves You
What We’re Reading

The Power of Serving Others is a powerful book for those feeling the pull to do more with their lives but feel overwhelmed by where to begin and/or can’t figure out how to either incorporate it into their already busy lives. In the words of the authors, It’s about serving others—looking at others as people whocould use a hand. “It’s about looking at our hands and realizingthat they already contain what others need.”

Click here for a free excerpt of the book.
This Month’s Story

“There are not words to describe what it feels like to be surrounded by people whose support changed the trajectory of my life as well as people who picked up the charge to support me in the work I now do in response.”
Read the Story

About Us
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Press as our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.

Dirt Path Publishing   *   2011-2012   *   All Rights Reserved

Volume One, Issue 12 – New Beginnings

 

 



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New Beginnings
Volume 1, Issue 12
Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close so does Volume 1 of the Dirt Path Press. We are ushering out the old as we set up a new system for delivering Volume 2 in 2012. As always, we welcome your constructive feedback about our changes.The theme of this month’s newsletter is “New Beginnings.”

Why close the year with “new beginnings,” you ask? Because you can’t get where you need to be without knowing where you’re going, and what better time to figure that out than before you embark on your new adventure? This month’s issue reminds us that, even in the pursuit of our new beginnings, we must always remember that what we really need is always within reach, often just beneath the surface of the way we live our lives.

In gratitude for the personal and professional foundations we built together in 2011,

Nicole Lusiani

Founder, Dirt Path Publishing

Quote of the Month

“By being human, I stray and dream of lives other than my own, and soon I am busy wanting something else, somewhere else, someone else; busy imagining something just out of reach to strive for…acceptance and a strong heart will crack them like a shell, exposing a softness that has always been, exposing a soft thing waiting to take form.”

Mark Nepo

Featured Video 

Mama Odie reminds us that sometimes what we want is not actually what we need.

Dig a Little Deeper

This Month’s Story

Figuring out that you need a new beginning is often the most difficult part.

“The hangers, however, don’t have judgment about his growing up one way or the other: when the clothes are too big, they simply don’t work anymore.”

Mastering the Art of Growing Up

About Us
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Pressas our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.
 

Dirt Path Publishing   *   2011-2012   *   All Rights Reserved
DirtPathPublishing.com
510.301.8211

 

Volume 1, Issue 11 It’s Possible

 

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Volume 1, Issue 11

November 2011 

 

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Greetings!

November is here and with it comes issue eleven of the Dirt Path Press, an online newsletter written for anyone willing to tell the truth about life’s everyday challenges.

 

Perhaps it is because autumn is in full swing that I can’t help but think of life’s possibilities. Being a part of a school system since the age of three, for me the fall has remained more about new beginnings than any other time. 

 

Which makes me wonder, in a time so filled with jaded cynicism, how can I continue to remain so optimistic? All I have to do is consider the alternative before I quickly realize that choosing to live a life of hope is the only way I ever want to live. This month’s story reflects that attitude for me, for my community, indeed for my world.

 

Thanks to those of you who participated in our survey last month; apparently we’re doing something right because the overwhelming call was to continue this work, so continue we will. When I started the newsletter eleven months ago my intention was to provide people an opportunity to consider making a shift, from a life constructed to a life lived–truthfully, with grace, integrity, and positive intention. My sincere hope is that I am able to continue this work here and on a larger scale, so that one day we’ll all feel free to shout to the world…

 

“It’s Possible!”

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Living in gratitude for the possibilities our lives have to offer,
Nicole Lusiani

Founder, Dirt Path Publishing  

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“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.”
~Gifford Pinchot

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 This Month’s Story
 
“…from there, anything is possible.”
 

Featured Video 

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If you are someone who wants to start a movement of your own but fears everyone else will think you’re crazy, this message is for you.

Be Unstoppable.

OurStory
The Fight for Women’s Suffrage

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It’s easy to forget that women have been voting in the United States for only 91 years.

Visit this link to view a variety of stories, photos, and videos about the heroic courage of those who dared to dream that it was possible for women to achieve the full rights of citizenship in this country, no matter what any one else told them.

 

     ABOUT US 

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Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find new paths to success with everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty in favor of a dirt path, including all of the joy and chaos it brings.

We’re proud to have Dirt Path Press as our premier online publication and a brand new series of e-handbooks called, Skills I Wish I Learned in School, coming this fall. We look forward to other full length works coming soon.

For more information on our founder, visit click here.

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Dirt Path Publishing

Alameda, California

For inquiries or questions call 510.301.8211 or email us 

 

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Volume 1, Issue 10 The Call Of Kindness

 

Dirt Path Press

 

Volume 1, Issue 10

October 2011 

 

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Greetings!

October brings issue ten of the Dirt Path Press, an online newsletter written for anyone willing to tell the truth about life’s everyday challenges.

 

Our newsletter is two weeks late this month; I could make excuses, but they are no different from any one else’s and after I typed my apology, I decided to erase that too. Instead of heeding the call of unattainable perfection, I chose something different: kindness. There is no greater call to answer than the one kindness rings, perhaps most especially when it comes as the call to be kind to yourself.

 

This month’s story is a letter to an editor of a local paper where I teach. My students and our school have what people call “a reputation;” once they get to know us, however, they find an unexpected kindness. Seems that call rings even with kids people mistakenly pre-judge. And when someone steps up and acknowledges the misperception publicly, that is kindness paying itself forward.

 

Along those same lines, a special video comes with this issue. Click on the featured video link to find out what happens when you take time to help just three people.

 

Dirt Path Publishing could use your help as well. This month’s OurStory is not the story of our past, but of our future, the future of Dirt Path Press to be specific. We started this newsletter with a commitment to telling the truth about what really matters every month for an entire year. As we close in on our anniversary, we wonder, are we getting it right? We hope you will consider participating in our survey and, if you are feeling especially kind, passing our newsletter on to your friends.headshot

 

Living in gratitude for the kindness our world has to offer,
Nicole Lusiani

Founder, Dirt Path Publishing  

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Small acts, multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
~Howard Zinn

 

 

This Month’s Story 

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Unexpected Hospitality

 

Preparation and energy went into planning and carrying out their welcome. It was a mission they were living. I am filled with hope.”

Read the Letter

Featured Video 

Pay It Forward
Paying it Forward Pays Off

OurStory

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Issue by issue, we’re writing Ourstory.
As we near our one-year anniversary we wonder, are we getting it right?

Please be so kind as to take our ten question survey. All forms of praise and constructive criticism are both welcomed and appreciated.

 

     ABOUT US 

mardog

Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find new paths to success with everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty in favor of a dirt path, including all of the joy and chaos it brings.
We’re proud to have Dirt Path Press as our premier online publication and a brand new series of e-handbooks called, Skills I Wish I Learned in School, coming this fall. We look forward to other full length works coming soon.

For more information on our founder, visit click here.  

Survey for Dirt Path Press


Volume 1, Issue 9 Minding Our Own Business

 

Dirt Path Press

 

Volume 1, Issue 9

September 2011 

 

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Greetings!

Welcome to the ninth issue of Dirt Path Press, an online newsletter written for anyone willing to tell the truth about life’s everyday challenges.

In this month’s story, I make a confession: I’ve always got my nose in somebody else’s business. Why, you ask? Read on and find out what intention lurks behind the busy-bodies in your lives.

This month’s OurStory reminds us that keeping tabs on each other may not always be a bad thing. Ten years ago our nation came together in tragedy. The tragedy still strikes a chord in our hearts but I wonder, how many of us remember the part about how we came together? For days and weeks afterward we watched out for our neighbors and their children because we were struck with the heartbreaking reminder that, if nothing else, at least we have each other. I don’t want to feel the way I felt that day ever again, except for that part.

 

The dirt path issues its call for people to keep talking about things that really matter. If you like what you see here please pass Dirt Path Press on to your friends. Next month we’re going to run the first annual “Get Your Friends on the Path” campaign; why not get a head start?

(Trying to live) In gratitude for the endless quest to mind my own damned business,
Nicole Lusiani 

Founder, Dirt Path Publishing  

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Honey, if it ain’t your tail, don’t wag it.
~Author Unknown

 

 

This Month’s Story 

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Dresser Drawers

 

“…It’s easier to fuss and fume over somebody else’s slobbery, somebody else’s laziness, somebody else’s anything rather than dealing with the fact that I am no better than they are.”

Read the Story

Ourstory

In the spirit of NOT minding our own business, Dirt Path Publishing honors those who recognize only in coming together are we a stronger America.

 

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“The light of social justice flickers in brave corners, but it fizzles in isolation.

What would happen if that light shone in a bold constellation?

We’d create a movement.”

-The Groundswell Movement

 

Learn more about Groundswell‘s 9.11 project and get links to other 9.11 community projects

going on around the country.

 (The quilt shown above is from “The Day Our World Changed,” a children’s art exhibit about 9-11. Learn more about this exhibit at this website).

 

     ABOUT US 

mardog

Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find new paths to success with everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty in favor of a dirt path, including all of the joy and chaos it brings.
We’re proud to have Dirt Path Press as our premier online publication and a brand new series of e-handbooks called, Skills I Wish I Learned in School, coming this fall. We look forward to other full length works coming soon.

For more information on our founder, visit click here.  

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Dirt Path Publishing

Alameda, California

For inquiries or questions call 510.301.8211 or email us 

 

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