Your Stories Are Transcendent

Your Stories Are Transcendent

Your stories are all of it: comedy, drama, tragedy, memoir. Your stories are more than just a literal recitation of facts and details. Your stories are full feelings, yearnings, curiosities, certainties, uncertainties. Your stories are replete with images, metaphors, symbols. Your stories are populated with fascinating characters. Your stories take you to remarkable places, even … Continue reading

It really is all here, right now

It really is all here, right now

I celebrated my birthday a few days ago and woke up to this photo, texted to me by my husband (who was in the kitchen making breakfast)…     Dave had staged it the day before and apparently Max willingly went along. I’m still laughing. That’s always a good way to start a birthday, especially … Continue reading

Why I became a therapist

Why I became a therapist

The weather’s been gorgeous. The tulips are blooming. The first day of spring has arrived here in Northern California. A perfect day to share my big news with you: on February 27th I passed the final test and am now officially a licensed professional clinical counselor! You might be wondering what all this means. Well, … Continue reading

in the time of our lives

in the time of our lives

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make a deeper feelings mandala

make a deeper feelings mandala

Last month I sent my newsletter subscribers some ideas for reflecting on their deeper needs. I asked them to set aside (for the moment) any resolutions or actions they planned to take this year and simply check in with themselves by finishing these sentences: I am… I have… I feel… Why not try it yourself … Continue reading

inner work: shadows & light

inner work: shadows & light

Adrift. Betwixt. Between. Limbo. I was feeling all of it last November when I realized I needed a creative ritual to see me through the end of the year. For a couple of days I pondered one compelling idea after another, until finally settling on what was right in front of me: writing prompts I’d … Continue reading

take care: for all of us

take care: for all of us

These words–Take Care–I’m very familiar with them. I regularly sign off with them on emails, cards, letters and the like. And even though they’re kind of old fashioned, I always send them out with a deep wish for the person receiving them to feel cared for and about by me, as well as by themselves … Continue reading

Year End Wisdom

Year End Wisdom

You are wise. How do I know that? Well, you can’t do the work I do without realizing at some point that people are filled with ocean-deep understanding, about themselves and about life. Of course, it’s easy to get disconnected from this inner wisdom. We forget and remember it a million times in our lives, … Continue reading

period of adjustment

period of adjustment

The acorns have been dropping for well over a month. Tink! Clang! Thud! Bing! Donk! They rain down on the tile roof and the wood deck, making all kinds of racket. When you’re in the house and the wind picks up, it’s like a mighty hail storm’s going on out there, complete with gargantuan chunks of ice. (Only they’re … Continue reading