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Chipmunks Love Coffee by Kevin Lucius

I take the subway to work every morning. Before settling into whatever I’ve brought along to read, I take a few minutes to list the things that I’m thankful for—like the way my dog puts her ears back when she’s excited or when she knows she’s done something wrong. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when focusing your attention on the things you love. —Sam Mowe, writerMeditation is considered an essential part of my aikido practice. It took me a long time to work up to it, but now I set my alarm for five o’clock every morning and sit for one hour before starting my day. For years, I thought I was too busy or too tired to make this effort, but now I understand that making sure I get to sleep on time is part of the discipline I’m practicing. —Ilima Loomis, managing editorI go out to my roof deck most mornings and fuss over my plants. Between the deck and my kitchen, I have a dozen varieties of succulents, a 15-year-old geranium, a pitcher plant, some orchids, two spider plants, and some air plants and staghorn ferns scattered around. Keeping all the various plants alive keeps me grounded and is one of my most s …

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