After you've read some helpful and serious posts. I have a treat for you. The last post takes us back visually to the 1960s and it should bring back memories. Boy, I can totally relate to this: The constant bombardment of 24/7 news, especially since the ascension of the current President of the . . .
When Camus talked about the invincible summer he was referring to that indomitable spirit, the strength we find when dig deep within. He went on to say that no matter how the world pushes against him, there's something stronger pushing right back. I work with people in some of their hardest times, . . .
Have you ever used a spiralizer? My friend, Gregory Ciurczak, is a foodie--and also, like me, a carb lover. But now that he's found the spiralizer, he's got a new outlook and has the blog today with his post, Oodles of Zoodles. by Gregory Ciurczak Last month I came upon a nutritional blog post . . .
There's a hefty discount in this post! And it's open to anyone anywhere in the world. That's right. Other countries, too! Expires Sunday. There's nothing mysterious at all about a past life regression. No magic. Nothing occult. You don't even have to believe in reincarnation to get something from a . . .
Here's a mental diet that could very well change your life. Simply reject any negative thought as soon as it appears. Don't let it take root. Just let it go as soon as it comes up. Gone. Try it for a month. Just 30 days. Regardless of your situation. It's life affirming. And could be life . . .
At London's Victoria and Albert museum a few years ago Michael and I were standing in front of a 1960s fashion exhibition when two teenage girls joined us. They examined the outfits closely. "Wow," one said. "My grandma wore stuff like this when she was our age." Michael and I looked at each . . .
Try, if you can, to put yourself in the shoes of someone going through treatment. Hard to do, right? If you haven't been through treatment or accompanied a loved one to an infusion center, for example, it might be hard to understand. But here are a few true things: It can be a long day for many . . .
I'm quoting author Jeff Brown for Part 2 of my To Fight or Not series, which began in yesterday's post : We are powerful beyond measure, and so deeply vulnerable at the same time. This may seem like a dichotomy, but it isn't. We have misunderstood real power. It has been something assertive, . . .
To fight or not to fight, that is the question. How tightly do we want to hold on to life? What are we willing to suffer to do that? Is having hope delusional? Should everyone be told the truth about their condition? I've seen some social media discussions about what is and is not encouraging . . .
Safe shelter. That's all any of us are looking for in another. Being seen. I mean, really being seen. It's the beauty of our relationship with our pets, isn't it? Because they have no judgment. Nothing gets in the way of our pets seeing us at our core. Knowing us. Knowing exactly who we are. Riley . . .
A 1940s version of a California Icon: the precursor to a woody. But without wood. All of these photos were taken a week ago at a 1945 festival in my city, San Jose, Calif. Timing is coincidental, if you believe in coincidences. I'm not going to make the obvious political connection to this era. . . .
Few things are more frustrating, but this is a tried and true technique for insomnia. I know, because I've used it. The idea of being aware of your breath comes out of meditation and counting exhales instead of inhales takes you out of what you'd normally do. It's not intuitive to count out-breaths . . .
Have you ever struggled with giving condolences? Me, too. Grief is intimidating to see. Part of it is that we know we'll feel it one day for someone we love--or we've already felt it--and that reminder can be painful. Well-meaning friends and relatives can often trip on themselves when trying to . . .
Do we choose? Years ago when I first heard the concept that we choose our family, I was horrified. "No way!" I thought. And then never gave it another thought. Why should I have? It isn't true, I thought. It's B.S. Until years later, when my spiritual path became clearer. Or, shall I say, my . . .
My life has had more than its share of momentous events and while none can top Michael and I remarrying, others rank right up there. A man I dated more than a dozen years ago called out of the blue the other day and we talked for almost an hour. I always feel lucky when someone I had a connection . . .
I've been sorting through boxes of artifacts of my life, the things that I assumed I'd use for writing fodder in my senior years. As the years passed, I envisioned my senior years spent finishing the memoir I've worked on in fits and starts. Well, my senior years are here and writing has taken a . . .
She was raised on a ranch in Alberta and I would have never encountered her in my day to day life. But social media connect us with a broad range of people and that’s how I met Diane Stringam Tolley. I began reading her blog, On The Border, referring to ranching life on the Alberta/Montana . . .
Have you ever wanted to connect with a loved one on the other side without using a medium? Or maybe even talk with the Divine, yourself? I know, it sounds pretty far out, doesn't it? Maybe you can't entertain even the idea of it. I understand that. I'm a pretty big skeptic, myself. Still, many . . .
Feeling can be messy, especially when it concerns the hard parts of life. Like loss. Or illness. Which are similar because illness does involve loss in one way or another. But those feelings? The ones that surround loss and sickness? They can be scary things. So painful. Have you ever been afraid . . .
The Buddhists can be a little grim. I don't subscribe completely to their view of life. But I did see this beautiful quote about grief that anyone who has felt the emotion will appreciate. "If grief is deep and imponderable, it is because love is deep and imponderable, too. The world presents us . . .