Every time I think my family has the corner on dysfunction I learn that other families I know have it even worse. From publicly throwing each other under the bus to sexual abuse and elder abuse, some families are all about darkness. I used to think about my crazy family dynamic more than I do now. . . .
We've just finished the winter holidays and poof! The day of love is approaching. We've never needed love more than we do now, don't you think? So, why not make Valentine's Day a time to spread love among everyone you care about--mother, grandmother, sister, BFF--all those you love. And I've got . . .
If you feel guilty because you're a writer who isn't writing, an artist who isn't making art--let it go. You are creating the time and space that will spark ideas and inspire new directions. You're "gathering data." Our traditional work ethic says we have to be "doing something" every minute or . . .
When did we become so grey and humorless-- --when did we become people who carry the weight of the world on our shoulders --all of it--taking ourselves and everything around us far too seriously? I can hear the click of outraged responses on social media now. But hey, take a moment to hear me . . .
Sometimes you just want a bite-sized inspiration to start your day. Or make you think. Not a treatise. Not a book. One single thought. I provide exactly that in two places you might not know about: I'd love you to follow me on Instagram. There, you'll find a daily nugget to start your day off . . .
Whether your holidays have come and gone or you are looking forward to them, I hope your season is filled with peace, love and grace. . . .
My parents. This should have been the happiest day of my mother's life and maybe it was. But maybe it wasn't. Dad was a pretty complicated guy and as with most people, things weren't as one might have assumed. I know this for sure: she did not have the life she dreamed of. Who knows why things turn . . .
Physicists have been buzzing about multiverses for a while now, even though an alternate universe (or two or three or 10 million) is still a bit too complicated for the regular person to understand. How is it possible that there can be multiple realities? If physicists say so, it has to be true, . . .
Do you have any pet peeves that you want to get off your chest before the new year---you know, wipe the slate clean (so you can start fresh on New Year's Day)? Because I do. And let me begin: Dear Life Coaches: I may be on your mailing list but chances are I am not a prospect for what you are . . .
At a retreat in the mountains I was talking to an older man over dinner. I say, "older" but really, he could've been closer to my age than any of yours. Probably. Anyway, we were commenting on how the retreat center had been attractively built into the mountain requiring many flights of stairs and . . .
If you're looking for just the right holiday gift, look no further than our one-of-a-kind, absolutely beautiful candles with crystals and florals. Or with holiday bling. But act fast---our candle-making shop goes vacation during most of December-- but we are taking orders through Sunday, Dec. 1 . . .
The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to offer this prayer of our love and kindness for all beings. It's so beautiful you might want to consider it for grace at today's dinner. May all beings everywhere be safe, be happy, warm and free from fear. May we all have good health and enough to . . .
Who am I? Who are you? And what do you do? How do you answer those questions? When I'm asked what I do it's hard to sum it up into a pithy response. I'm a hypnotherapist, past life regressionist, artisan candle-maker and I offer products for healing and grief. It's a mouthful. When I'm asked what . . .
I don't know about you, but my headline news feed (real news, not social media news) gets crazier every day. Here's a little look at some stuff I've seen recently. I'll start light and move on to the big stuff. Because once I talk about the big stuff the silly stuff seems even more . . .
We live in such uncivilized times, don't we? I'm beginning to really despise the way social media have become a bully pulpit for uncivilized discourse. The politics of today are really shameful. Not that politics has ever been clean, but today so much is acceptable that would have been called out at . . .
I've got some fall reading potpourri for you--posts on a variety of topics written by my favorite Boomer bloggers! Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants, & Scribbles knew Salem, Massachusetts might be spooky, but this was ridiculous. She and her mom had originally booked into the town's inn for a . . .
Many of us are looking for the light in these dark times. Does that describe you? It certainly describes me. Because I am seriously distressed with what I see from some of my fellow citizens. I know I'm not alone. Sometimes it is more than I can bear. Kids in cages, separated from their parents, . . .
If only getting woke were as simple as walking through a door. "Get woke" means becoming aware of social injustices --and it applies especially to those of us born with unrecognized privilege. Getting woke is the process of recognizing our privilege and understanding that others may not have the . . .
It's clear that the left is turning on itself. Eating its young, so to speak. And eating its old, too. Consuming everyone on its own side. That splintering of what should be a unified force is why that awful man in the Oval could very well get re-elected. But that could be too nuanced for many to . . .
I know someone who believed the world was just like the island society depicted in the 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. In that novel, boys turned on each other with savagery that is incredibly primal. Left on their own, people will default to cruelty, my friend believed; it's unavoidable. Human . . .