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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

Healing Wisdom: Angeles Arrien & Gabrielle Roth

Healing Wisdom: Angeles Arrien & Gabrielle Roth

This is a story about worry. And it just happens to feature two amazing women, Angeles Arrien and Gabrielle Roth. Here’s how it goes: several years ago I was reading a book and came across an interview with Angeles Arrien where she talked about the four healing salves: singing, dancing, storytelling and silence. Her words … 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

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

morning routine: draw, write, move. repeat

morning routine: draw, write, move. repeat

I’m not exactly a morning person. In fact, sometimes I wake up feeling a bit jarred because the sun has actually risen and another day has begun. Most days I make the transition from dark to light fairly well, but other days there’s a pressing feeling that accompanies my waking. It could be tension. Or … Continue reading

doodling and claiming my artistic voice

doodling and claiming my artistic voice

I’ve always been a doodler but never thought much about it. My husband often remarked on it, lavishing compliments on me and my doodles that seemed unnecessary. It wasn’t until years later, when I began to understand more about the creative psyche, that I realized he might be responding to the deeper unconscious origins of … Continue reading

Your Tears: No Apology Necessary

Your Tears: No Apology Necessary

Sometimes when I’m with a client she’ll begin to cry and then say something like this: I’m sorry. I didn’t expect to do this. I feel like I dumped all over you. I don’t know what’s come over me. I don’t usually act like this. Of course, crying isn’t the only way my clients express … Continue reading

to tweet or not to tweet

to tweet or not to tweet

Hey…have you heard? I’m on Twitter. First things first: you can follow me here. Please do. For sure I’ll follow you back. Even though I’m new to Twitter, I’ve actually been on the fence for years, hesitating about jumping in. Mostly that’s because I thrive on juicy face-to-face conversations and I also struggle with the … Continue reading