7 Things I Did This Year That Transformed My Life

Gratitude lists have always been difficult for me. Not because I don’t feel gratitude for many things, but because they don’t always convey the BIG picture. The big picture is that we can be grateful for the good moments and the challenging moments. Looking at how our moments have transformed us cultivates a deeper appreciation and more clarity. That is something for which I am […]

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Disruption as a Tool for Awakening {Scene & Story}

Disruption as a Tool for Awakening {Scene & Story}

Radical discontinuity. Disruption. Drastic change. They all pull us from our unconscious daily grind, into awareness. Interruptions make us look up from our mindless meandering. They make us notice. Disruption becomes a tool for awakening.

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Creating Sanctuary: Reflections on Keeping the Sabbath for a non-Jewish, non-religious family

Creating Sanctuary: Reflections on Keeping the Sabbath for a non-Jewish, non-religious family

We’re not Jewish. We don’t belong to any church. But Sabbath keeping has become a sort of temple-making where we find repose in God. This is how our non-Jewish, non-religious family keeps the Sabbath to create sanctuary and renew our spirit.

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And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

These trees speak to me and call me by name. They are my medicine. My church. Among the trees, I commune with the Divine.
Nature is a Healer. It is our birthright to follow the medicine that calls to your soul.

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Welcome Beautiful Soul :: An Introduction – Writing to Heal, Sacred Self-Care, and Healing Stories

Welcome Beautiful Soul :: An Introduction – Writing to Heal, Sacred Self-Care, and Healing Stories

Welcome beautiful soul. I made this for you:: Here are my best tips on Writing to Heal, creating a practice of Sacred Self-Care, and personal stories for healing + spiritual growth.

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Birthday Gratitude:: 39 Things I’m Grateful For

Birthday Gratitude:: 39 Things I’m Grateful For

39 things I’m grateful for on my 39th birthday Because gratitude is a message to the universe that we are ready accept, expand, live.  1. A partner who loves me, mind, body, and spirit. 2. A daughter who has taught me more about joy, beauty, goodness, and truth than other person on earth. 3. Protection from God’s angels. 4. Poetry. Not just poems, not just words. […]

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The Joy of Being & Making Humans (Poetry Book Review:: Calenday)

The Joy of Being & Making Humans (Poetry Book Review:: Calenday)

I read these poems over and over as my two-year-old daughter jumps on my back, bouncing – riding me like a horse. I can feel the absurdity of trying to read poetry as she nays behind me and sprinkles fairy dust on my head. Then I finally give in when she pulls at my hair and I’ve had enough and I turn to look at […]

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An Eternal Poem: Time as Healer

An Eternal Poem: Time as Healer

What are we to do with each other’s pain? I’m already dancing in a different skin and I’m not sure I know how to write a healing poem. Only that it begins with an open heart. Poetry is not so much like prose – where word count and time matters. Sometimes the words sputter out in three-quarter time – they waltz into the center of […]

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A Poem in Response to the World

A Poem in Response to the World

Can I respond to the whole wide world

with one poem?

with just one word?

one soul?

In fact, is it only one that can.

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Insist on Joy

Insist on Joy

Where I live in the Midwestern U.S., there is a real struggle happening between the remnants of the last frost and the insistence of spring. Even while there is still snow on the ground in some places, the grass is bright green in other areas. I can feel the trees vibrating as the first buds start to emerge from their branches. I was searching for […]

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