Become Like Little Children

Summer before last, I was invited to my best friend’s family reunion. Since I hadn’t had a chance to see her for about 8 years, I jumped at the opportunity. We have known each other for over 20 years and have spoken on the phone at least weekly…

Trusting the Process

  She has spent nearly 60 years surviving multiple traumas, yet her faith is unquestionable. She is quick to point out the positives of life and is full of gratitude. His eyes are kind and he is genuinely interested in hearing about my day despite his intense grief…

Strengthen the Ambiance in Your Space with Art

If the rooms in your house lack strength and character, art can elevate your spaces. Small shapely art objects displayed on shelves and artfully lit can make a big impact. Textured fabrics used on pillows, floor coverings and artfully framed will add warmth and character to a room….

Hello World

I have always turned to books for answers to life’s most difficult questions. For inspiration, I have hung a photograph of one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, prominently in my living room. Her work on gender, class, sexuality, and empire seems in many ways still relevant. But…

Why I’m No Better Than The Grinch At Stopping Christmas

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I do not like Christmas. It’s not that I don’t try to like it, and it’s not that I have never liked it, but inevitably, sometime on Thanksgiving Day, the reality of the looming Christmas season hits me, and I become melancholy…

Finding Strength Through the Power of Unconditional Gratitude

Life has a way of beating us and kicking us when we’re down.  Many of us are constantly under spiritual or emotional assault.  When we learn how to combat these assaults in a way that strengthens us, we are healed and renewed, rather than feeling broken, angry, depressed…

Relaxation

“And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries…

Hidden Strengths

Strengths have their roots in the character of the Universe. Even deeper, Strength has its unique propelling root. As our social cultures push us to success and glitter, we tend to abandon the magic given to us, and over time, move further from knowing our ultimate strength. Begin…

Is Love All You Need?

Strength: big powerful word! Strong word. It brings to mind heavy machinery, a river dam, a bridge over water, or gravity. What does it make you think of? It makes me also think of something we all need from time to time. Especially during the holiday season (for me,…

Trials And Tribulations

If life were a friend, I’d question her loyalty. She has this way about her; this annoying and inconvenient need to teach lessons you didn’t even ask to learn. Then she disguises them as this thing they call “trials and tribulations.” So you trick yourself into thinking there’s…