Lessons from the Rose Garden__3: Eradicating Bullies
Adaptability / Adversity / Challenge / Empathy / Fear / Lessons From the Rose Garden SERIES / Sorting it Out / We Are Connected

Lessons from the Rose Garden__3: Eradicating Bullies

Bullies have appeared in great number recently. Gang-like, they infiltrate, taking more than their share. But they are here for a reason: Through our actions, we’ve invited them into our personal space. Unknowingly, we’ve fed them exactly what they’ve wanted most, and we are paying the price for it. I happen to be talking about … Continue reading

Yoga Can Make You Cry, If You’re Lucky
Adaptability / awareness / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Empathy / Forgiveness / Gratitude / Inspiration from Others / Love / Moving On / Relationships / Self-Help / Staying Positive

Yoga Can Make You Cry, If You’re Lucky

Have you ever had one of those rare ah-hah moments—the kind that crystallize your positive thinking and self-awareness so much that you have no choice but to fully submit to its purity and power? I was fortunate today to have such a moment, one that brought me to tears. It felt as though a tsunami … Continue reading

Human Kindness: I Found Love at a Dental Office
BASIC NEEDS series / Empathy / Love / We Are Connected

Human Kindness: I Found Love at a Dental Office

It’s been a tough year, an emotionally heavy year. I’ve seen the worst in people this year–the absolute worst–and I’m unsettled with what I’ve seen. But SPRING is here, and I’m inspired once again by the first flowers of the season. They remind me of the promise of rebirth and hope, enough that I’m starting … Continue reading

Trump, Hillary, Fear Of and Hope For the Homeless in a Walmart Parking Lot
Adversity / Challenge / Denial / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Empathy / Facing Reality / Fear / Gratitude / Love / Relationships / We Are Connected

Trump, Hillary, Fear Of and Hope For the Homeless in a Walmart Parking Lot

I sit here alone in a Walmart parking lot, somewhere between where I started and where I’m going. My partner and I were on our way from Arizona to California when our camping trailer suffered a broken axle. We are stranded here as long as it takes to fix it, which so far is almost … Continue reading

Going With What You Personally Know: My Experience With Hillary Clinton
Adaptability / Adversity / Challenge / Change / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Empathy / Opinion / Relationships / Staying Positive

Going With What You Personally Know: My Experience With Hillary Clinton

In a Presidential campaign wrought with controversy, relatively speaking, few of us have any personal experience with the candidates to speak with any certainty about their character, their moral fiber. Unless we have direct experience with either one, we’ve nothing terribly conclusive to say one way or the other. For me, there is only one … Continue reading

Sept. 11, 2016: Honor, Not Disrespect, For the Disregarded; My One Good Deed
Adaptability / Empathy / Gratitude / Inspiration from Others / Moving On

Sept. 11, 2016: Honor, Not Disrespect, For the Disregarded; My One Good Deed

This is a photo I put together, copied, and then framed to bring with me to all the places I would visit this somber September 11th in 2016. It is of my former husband, a federal responder at Ground Zero, who remained there for 4 months straight after the disaster and remained on high alert … Continue reading

Unresolved Trauma: Like Dying on the Cross
Adversity / Challenge / Denial / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Empathy / Escapism / Facing Reality / Forgiveness / Relationships / Self-Help / We Are Connected

Unresolved Trauma: Like Dying on the Cross

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” After reading a book this week on the sometimes debilitating effects of unresolved trauma on a person’s life, I couldn’t help but make the correlation to what is referred to as Holy Week in the Christian faith. This is the week where Christians around the world … Continue reading