Childhood

We have the solution to the obesity epidemic: “Fed Up” the documentary


Hello readers, I hate to see people suffer, and I hate injustice.  I just can’t help it! When I read about how lobbies, big corporations, and government intentionally feed the American people lies about public health and the environment, my blood starts to boil.  I am a very peaceful and calm person, and so I […]

When the Chair Came (an original short story)


Sheltering shadows from the outstretched arms of the evergreen provided a protective umbrella from the harsh August sun.  Abella cultivated her mind alongside her shade garden, protective of her privacy and of her plants. The branches of the tree flexed with their own weight, causing the outermost tips of the slender bark-covered fingers to touch […]

Letting go…how to be in the flow of life as a parent


Hello readers, You may have noticed that self-love is one of my most frequently used tags on this blog.  While everything in our societies is conspiring for us to neglect and hate ourselves, all while  making us believe we are extremely important, self-love is the most important goal in achieving awareness of the true unity […]

Bonding (a poem)


A beating heart made to cling comfort warm silky, if but that proverbial hanger enclosed by some fluff a sock or synthetic fabric a ribbon she wore in her hair could fill the deep well carved by nature never replenished by nurture what happens to a child who has never been embraced inside a parent’s heart or […]

Guardian Angels Teach Us to Fly


Hello readers, The last few days I have been mulling over how my life seems to have gotten progressively more challenging the last several years.  At times, I have felt despair, as if a curse has enveloped me, as difficult persons and situations have entangled me in their webs of intrigue, their narcissistic dramas and […]

Emotional Bodies Making Decisions


    Hello readers, Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to heal, to transform the patterns in our lives that cause pain and suffering?  Even people who are aware of the painful patterns and can put a name to the disorders that plagued their families and childhood still struggle.  Years of therapy, […]

Grounded!


Hello readers, You’re grounded!  That could be a punishing sentence, or a compliment.  I don’t recall every being grounded as a child – in either sense of the word.  Sometimes I feel I am drawn to spiritual realms because I don’t feel quite at home in the meat of life and human interactions here on […]

A Place at the Table: Hunger in the USA


Hello readers, I recently watched a documentary, A Place at the Table (co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring Jeff Bridges, 2012) on the subject of hunger in America.  Three different families in three regions of the U.S. are featured with their particular experiences and situations.  According to the film, at least fifty million […]

Loss and Generosity


Hello readers, My parents grew up during the aftermath of the Great Depression and the devastation of World War II.  While my grandmother, who had experienced directly the hardships caused by those economic and political situations, always remained open to life and embraced its gifts with enthusiasm.  My mother, for whatever reasons, has always been […]

Time Out: Parenting, Memories, and Immortality


Hello readers, This morning, my son set off for his first day of 9th grade.  Last night, he set out all of his new clothes, photographing them so a friend could help him choose what to wear to school.  He was anxious to arrive at school early to spend time with his friends.  In fact, […]

Play (a very short story shaped like a poem)


Come out and play!  Sluggish eyed, Taina no longer had the soft gaze and limp cuddle of a clearly innocent puppy.  Childhood, a time for play, is no longer Replaced by other activities.  Chores. Entertainment. Mating.  And yet she was beginning to feel that the accoutrements of adulthood were A) not so important to being a successful […]

Demons, Self, Relationships, Wholeness


Hello readers, I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more clearly I see myself (and the less I like myself and other people too.) What I mean is that the ideal image of the nice, kind self I once felt accurately described me became out of date.  As the sides of […]

Ode to a Control Freak…a poem


Harsh crust seeping bile into a place along the rind of her soul, a lonely girl seeks support her bean pole mama distantly busy in the world Carefully hopeful, sticking pride in all interactions said girl chooses arrogance to plastic wrap her wounded desires. Does she ever know she always had a choice? Ownership of the […]

Trayvon Martin: How Can We Get from Fear to Love?


Hello readers, I am curious about how people around the world are responding to the case and verdict involving the death by gunshot of 17 year old Trayvon Martin  inflicted by George Zimmerman, an adult and possibly overzealous neighborhood watch leader.  I am also curious about how people from other countries view American culture with regard to […]

Testing Character: Can You Tell That I’ve Grown?


Hello readers, I am hoping that as a culture and society we are beginning to move away from the superficial cult of the personality and the call of celebrity to a way of life in which depth and character are emphasized.  While there is nothing wrong per se about having fun and enjoying the good […]

Perfectionism: A Self-inflicted Antidote to Wonder


Hello readers, Many of us, including myself, suffer from perfectionism.  Striving to reach some perfect place, worrying about reaching goals – or not accomplishing as much or as well as we think we should , trying to achieve a state in which we can at last be worthy of our lives.  Those are just a […]

Living at the Palacio d’Abraxas: A Life Changing Experience


Hello readers, The last nine years I lived in France, I made my home at the Palacio d’Abraxas (see photo above) in Noisy-le-Grand.  The Palacio is an income based public housing complex owned by a private company, in which there are renters and owners.  Each apartment has a different floor plan, and some are on a single […]

True Tales: Memories that Become Stories


Hello readers, Yesterday evening, I was invited by friends to attend an event called “True Tales” hosted at a local coffee shop.  Occurring every other month, three published authors bring an artifact and recount a true story, in addition to reading excerpts from their newly published or about to be published books. Many of the […]

Writing Off Conditioning: How to Let Go of the Dream Your Parents Created for You


Hello readers, I read a lot about human nature and experience, because I have always wanted to understand why people do what they do.  We have all been conditioned by our families, by the culture and society in which we live, to be a certain self.  And, for the most part, we identify with that […]

How Can I Help? Using Personal Experience to Assist Others


Hello readers, Free will is an important, if not essential part of being a human being.  This means we are all free to make mistakes or to ask for help if we need it.  Giving advice is often counter-productive for this reason.  If a person is ready and receptive to the fruit of others’ experiences, […]