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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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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

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

create something just for you

create something just for you

I need a creative ritual. That’s what I’ve been thinking lately, as I get closer and closer to end of my journey. (By the way, I passed my first test!) As much as I need to focus now, I also need to be grounded by a small creative practice. I’ve had to relegate a lot … Continue reading

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

living deep: thank you to all who make the journey

Sometimes I’ll get a note or an email from a client I worked with years ago. And I do mean years ago. Like maybe a decade ago, because I’ve been counseling and coaching, in one professional incarnation or another, for over 13 years. When these missives arrive from former clients my first response is always … Continue reading

my grandmother’s hands

my grandmother’s hands

One night, in the circle of women, I told the story of my grandmother’s hands. The hands that chopped and seasoned and scrubbed and laundered: working hands. The hands that cradled and caressed and stroked and wiped tears away: loving hands. The hands that knit and sewed and crocheted and cross stitched: creative hands. The … Continue reading