Death Leads the Way – Why I continue to follow the invitations and you should too

I received a new invitation and I want to share it with you! While I prefer to plan out my life, make goals and work diligently towards them, shite happens despite my wishes and best efforts. Sometimes when shite happens, I have decisions to make: Follow the invitations or try to go some other way. …

Another Thing to Expect When Your Mother Dies – A Year Later – Life is But a Breath

Originally published in 2019 - edited & reposted 2/4/21 A year of my life is history; a year my mother was not here to experience the ups and downs of everyday life, the blooms in her gardens, or the thunder of last week's storms. Breast cancer claimed her for its statistical rollcall in February 2018, …

Grieving Our Loss of Power – 3 Ways to Cope

Millions of people in California are suffering a very real loss of power both physically and psychologically. And we are grieving our loss of power, sense of safety, and for some the loss of a home. In simplified terms, each of us is in various stages of the process. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and eventually …

Henny Hospice – A Poem

Henny Hospice In the midst of our kitchen there squats a chicken named Goldmine for her feathers and yoke, stricken by silent forces within. What am I to learn from this old girl who waits inside closed eyelids for death? Does she know her fate, last breath is near? Blind and weakened, unable to grasp …

Writing Memoir is Like Hard Boiling a Cracked Egg

Writing memoir is like hard boiling a cracked egg.  Contents burble out into the scalding water forming opaque hints of the story concealed within. The raw sticky interior simmering, congealing, forming itself into perfection. The difference being, when we try to set the timer for completing the project the winds of life blow out the …

Quotes of Wisdom 42 Strange Thoughts while Grieving

"One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they're crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don't make sense." ~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright 2/6/19  Early this morning I stood at our kitchen sink, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window.  A big …

Quotes of Wisdom 41 Standing on the Edge Requires You to Slow Down

"Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from 'hurry sickness.' Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure."Wayne Dyer "Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to …

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