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Rudri Bhatt Patel
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Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned writer and editor. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the online editor for The First Day, freelances for various parenting websites and writes her personal musings on her blog, Being Rudri. She is working on a memoir that explores the Hindu culture, grief and appreciating life's ordinary graces.

Entries by Rudri Bhatt Patel

Why I Took My Daughter to a Homeless Shelter on Her Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 6:51 PM

During my daughter's birthday celebration last month, I took an unconventional approach and introduced another way to commemorate her special day. Turning 9 meant that my little girl had her own ideas for a birthday party. For a month, she compiled a comprehensive list of all the activities she hoped...

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Turning 41: Lessons Learned As I Enter a New Decade

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Last month I turned 41. In the few weeks preceding my birthday, the curves seem slow and deliberate. A slight pensiveness accompanied my days. Shoulders tightened, irritation churned in my gut and various emotions shot like an uncontrolled geyser. I suspected this angst is what comes with time's passage.

Yet,...

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A Lesson From My Daughter: Honor Your Ordinary Life

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:21 PM

There are things you can't reach. But you can reach out to them, and all day long. The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god. And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier. I look; morning to night I am never done with looking. Looking,...
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Trusting What I Cannot See

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:28 PM

On a recent vacation to Vancouver, my family and I decided to climb Grouse Grind, which is dubbed as Mother Nature's largest stair master, numbering 2,830 steps. The steps spiraled up and the space between each stair required some interesting maneuvering. Midway through the hike, my legs started losing their...

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Meditation Does Not Belong on a To-Do List

(6) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:26 PM

It's only two minutes, but I struggle.

My fingers fidget as if my thoughts are pounding the last miles of a half-marathon. The tug of war between noise and stillness churns from my core. For two minutes, this is what happens inside my head. I need to get milk....

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The Danger in Keeping All of Your Thoughts

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:15 AM

I am a firm believer in decluttering my physical space. Every six months, I wander from room to room, closet to closet, with one goal in mind: purge what I do not need. Piles of stuff start to grow like anthills in the middle of the room. Each little mountain...

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Not Just a Morning Walk

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:26 PM

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For the last few months, mornings have taken on a different significance for me. My need to find calm has led me to the outdoors. Instead of quickening my pace for a run, I've slowed down my cadence to walking. My feet take...

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Everyone Has a Story

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:20 PM

It happened three different times in the same familiar place.

I pulled into my grocery store lot and parked my car in between the painted yellow lines, shifting the steering wheel so that my tires pointed straight. I grabbed my purse and quickened my pace toward the sliding doors. As...

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On Finding Wonder as an Adult

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:32 PM

On a cool evening in Texas, my daughter and I witnessed little tiny lights exploding around us. When I glanced up, it looked like our personal mini-fireworks show. With eyes wide open, my 8-year-old little girl questioned: "What are those lighty-things, Momma?" I told her that they were fireflies. Then...

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6 Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Father Dying in Hospice

(39) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:32 PM

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I helped my father die in home hospice.

The oncologist said those words, the ones that are repeated in hospital rooms, in the middle of alleys and in the back of ambulances, "There is nothing more we can do." With those seven words,...

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