All I have to do is trust, just as autumn trees do.
If you know me, you know I enjoy looking for insights from dreams. But I've been on a kind of dream hiatus, having few memorable dreams in the last several months. That has fit right in with this pandemic limbo time, which I started pretty early. Last fall, in fact, I was starting to withdraw, … Continue reading How a dream gave me insight into a new doctor
Because I realize now that there is never a time of total escape from some type of "problem" that seemingly hangs over my head.
The COVID-19 isolation has a lot of us feeling anxious and on edge . . . and I want to share one of my strategies to calm myself. If you've known me well for any length of time, you'll be surprised at my answer. For too long I resisted doing daily stretching or yoga. I'm … Continue reading Feeling anxious? Stretch your body!
Annually I ask for a word for my New Year, usually on New Year's Day. I follow this prompt from Abbey of the Arts: “give me a word” we ask – something to nourish me, challenge me, a word I can wrestle with and grow into. The word which chooses us has the potential to transform … Continue reading My word for New Year 2020
Even though I typically feel some sadness or melancholy around my birthday, that feeling caught me unprepared this morning. After all, it's a clear-blue-sky sunny day after a night of thunderstorms. Everything feels clearer, sharper. More alive. Except me. It's my birthday week. A reminder that I'm aging quickly, that life has gotten harder in … Continue reading Do you ever feel sad around your birthday? I do.
Many of you know that each year around January 1st I choose a word for my year. I was inspired by the Abbey of the Arts and the process suggested here. A former student who has made it a practice to choose a word for her year in January asked via Facebook message if I … Continue reading Floating to find a word for my new decade
This week my life's clock will tick into a new decade. I'll be 60. No longer can I try to claim that I'm "middle aged." I'm obviously much closer to the end than the middle. So what have I learned in these 60 years? What would I tell my younger self to help make her … Continue reading At 60: Six things I’d tell my younger self
Why shouldn't you make fun of your parents? I'll give you the short answer first. Because you'll end up experiencing all of the things you made fun of! Yes, it's as if you apply a curse when you make fun of your parents. That you assure yourself of having to experience the very same things. … Continue reading Don’t make fun of your parents! This is why.