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My Daring New York Escapade

It’s 2006, I’m forty-five years old, and my husband and I are empty nesters. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” … Continue reading

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Holding Space for Pain and Grief 

 “One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences.” — John O’Donohue. I’m often asked what ‘holding space for pain and grief” means. This concept can be hard to understand; it’s uncomfortable at times, … Continue reading

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Reclaiming my Wild Heart; Who am I really?

Even as a little girl, I would look into a mirror and wonder, “who am I? Why am I here?” The world seemed scary, but I felt something deep inside that I did not understand or know how to express … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

Shalom Retreats “Compassion arises naturally as the quivering of the heart in the face of pain, ours and another’s. True compassion is not limited by the separateness of pity nor by the fear of being overwhelmed. When we come to … Continue reading

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The Magic of A Rainy Day

“You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up to all the small miracles you rushed through. Become inclined to watch the way of rain … Continue reading

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Owning My Shadow of Food Addiction

This post is dedicated to my mentor and teacher Debbie Ford. “Our shadow is all the aspects that we reject out of shame, fear or, disapproval. It is made up of any part of ourselves that we believe is unacceptable, will … Continue reading

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The Pandemic; The day all Hell broke loose

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” Caroline Myss It feels like our lives in the 21st century have diminished to an individualistic, very self-centered, small world. It seems to … Continue reading

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My Hermit Neighbor; a Mystic in the Making

“The human spirit holds strength beyond measure, the kind that will break down the walls of all the blocks that come our way.” Nikki Rowe  I have always loved unique eccentric people who are unapologetically themselves. So many of us are … Continue reading

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Solitude & Silence of the Winter Forest

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others I am beginning to discover. And for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be re-found through solitude.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It’s January 1991. I … Continue reading

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Part 2: After the Hurricane

“The definition of vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure, but vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage” Brene Brown. Learning to ask for help Then it happened…… A slip and fall permanently injuring one of … Continue reading

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