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brief moments & small loves

brief moments & small loves

A warm night. The kitchen window wide open. I’m unloading the dishwasher, second nature. Feet moving along the well-worn path between cupboard and drawer. Hands depositing glasses, forks, bowls in their waiting places. Suddenly, I hear something that stops me in my tracks: the unmistakable sounds of a small group of people gathering. Laughter. Lilting … Continue reading

Tiny Book. Big Courage.

Tiny Book. Big Courage.

What do you do when you need a shot of courage? Well, I’ve been over at the Art Therapy & Happiness Project discovering Chunky Books of Courage. There, I’ve been invited to peel back the layers of courage and explore what’s underneath by making my own chunky little book. The books are made up of … Continue reading

look up

look up

Today, in the space of a few hours, I saw a lot of people looking down. The mother walking in my neighborhood with her very young daughter. The driver in the car next to me, waiting for the light to change. The friends grabbing a quick lunch in the restaurant. The father leaving the zoo … Continue reading

becoming like the cyclical wild: why I garden

becoming like the cyclical wild: why I garden

The garden is a meditation practice…In the garden one can see the time coming for both fruition and for dying back. In the garden one is moving with rather than against the inhalations and exhalations of greater wild Nature. Through this meditation we acknowledge that the Life/Death/Life cycle is a natural one. Both live-giving and … Continue reading

tapping into the flow of self renewal

tapping into the flow of self renewal

Happy first day of spring! (For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, of course). I’m still on my self-proclaimed spring break, planting poppies and savoring strawberries. Making art and lingering at an outdoor cafe. Planning a weekend adventure at the beach. In the midst of all this, it occurred to me that you might … Continue reading

spring break for adults

spring break for adults

It’s official: I have spring fever. I came down with it a couple of weeks ago when this splendiferous weather arrived in Northern California. Where a few months ago I was content with my black and white winter garden, now I’m itching to get my fingers in the soil and bring color and growth back … Continue reading

loving the gifts that others see in you

loving the gifts that others see in you

There’s a lot of love floating around this week and I’m enjoying all of it. Some of my clients have even been creating celebratory self-love valentines during our sessions. And as we cut out the hearts and add colors and words, I’m reminded of just how challenging it can be to open up and receive … Continue reading

why we all need a day at the beach

why we all need a day at the beach

There was something so mesmerizing about the Amish family at the beach. At first they seemed out of place. Long skirts and bonnets. Dark hats, pants, shirts. Beards growing down to their chests. Suspenders. Not at all what you’d expect to find on a Northern California beach on a balmy January day. Amidst the flip-flops … Continue reading