It's holiday time and that means friends and family join together, sometimes overnight. Do you look forward to it? Dread it? Either way, you'll be host or hostess and you want to make a house guest feel welcome. I'm here to help with two posts that will help you make Aunt Irma--or any other . . .
' "Tis the season for house guests.As if the holidays weren't hard enough. Oh, I know, you love to visit kith and kin. But sometimes you sense, well, an underlying tension. It could be because you aren't being a very good holiday house guest. But never fear. I've got some helpful hints here on how . . .
The vision of oneness naturally leads to compassionate action and service of humanity because we see the pain and joy of others as our own. Just as we are instinctively inclined to care for our own body when it is injured, so one who is awake cannot resist caring for others. —Ellen Grace . . .
It's ironic that the so-called "happiest time of the year" can actually be the most stressful. There's something about being home for the holidays that can bring out the worst in people. That's why I've got this handy guide to surviving home for the holidays. I guarantee you'll find at least one . . .
Nothing has aggravated my writerly sensibilities as much as a recent review in the Atlantic that bashed writer Joyce Maynard for being the "Queen of Oversharing." Except maybe those critics who bashed her for writing about JD Salinger, a man who had a totally inappropriate relationship with her when . . .
There are many reasons why people might not be full of good cheer at holiday time. Maybe they're grieving the loss of a loved one. Or maybe they aren't feeling very well. That's why I've put our lovely, supportive gift packages on sale through Dec. 1 at A Healing Spirit. All of them. Significant . . .
If you've got kids or grandkids there's nothing more fun than helping them make easy, crafty holiday gifts. It's a cool thing to do any time but especially if you've got some time with them over Thanksgiving. You're not just making gifts--you're making memories. And this works even for . . .
Save I aspire to radical love, but not all the way there yet. On this, I am still a work in progress. . . .
Save Save Boom! You can still see some of these vintage bugs so familiar to Baby Boomers on the road--the real thing--and it always reminds me of my younger days. It's my favorite time of the week--when Baby Boomers blog about what's on their mind these days. Today's post has helpful medical . . .
Sometimes I toss and turn, sleepless, my head full of musings on topics and wide as the ocean. Here's a sampling from one such night. Brides Looking at photos of happy, smiling brides yesterday, women who have just married one another. And in a Facebook posts, groups of women who love women out . . .
Have you ever read something that resonated so deeply and quickly that before you could even think about it, you felt tears in your eyes? Here's an inspirational message I got recently: You're not in time and space to graduate into higher realms of existence, Carol; you're here because long, long . . .
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Can a blog be a gift? It can. Life's universals First, let's agree that healing and grieving are part of the human condition. No escape; we will all go through these things. And so, this gift is for you. For us. All of us. Because one day we'll all need the information it will present. So, truly, . . .
Light a pretty candle and spend some time in meditation or prayer. Write in a journal...pour your heart out...write what's on your mind...what's in your heart...your hopes and dreams. Start the day with a cup of hot tea or lemon water. Yes, even before that cup of java. Take a morning walk...by . . .
I was first introduced to a Peruvian despacho ceremony at an afterlife conference a few years ago. That one was a beautiful and moving ritual that honored the dead, and I've done several since, including one to honor my friend who died in 2015. Despacho ceremonies ground us, connect us with the . . .
It's been a summer of disasters, and then a fall of even more. The fall, it turned out, was on fire. In front of the TV in our Santa Fe vacation rental we watched our beloved wine country burn, an entire huge neighborhood leveled like a bomb had gone off. We checked in with friends periodically . . .
Goodbye, old friends, people I have known for many years.... or fewer than many, but still not a few. Goodbye. In this new polarized world of ours we have all seen friend fall by the wayside, some horrified by how we think. Others horrified by how they believe we think. We've also made choices . . .
A while back I learned that someone I know well who is a confirmed uber-liberal voted for Trump. And was happy he won. It took a while to wrap my head around that. That is, after I settled that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The one I get whenever I realize just how much trouble some men . . .
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. ~Maya Angelou When Dr. Angelou used this metaphor all those years ago to represent the racism and oppression of her people, we . . .
How hard is it to find a peaceful life? Maybe not as hard as it seems. It's not necessary to watch the news every day. Or read it. Or respond to it if we do read it. Not every nasty comment on social media must be responded to. When someone calls a politician we know and do not love a bad name, . . .