On November 9, 2016 our emotions as a nation were pretty much bipolar—either deep despair or giddy jubilation over election results. As I experienced my own distress, I realized how disempowering either extreme was. Since when has a political figure been at the controls of my life? Am I willing to give anyone who’s not me—particularly someone I’ve never met—that power of believing s/he can either ruin my world or “make it great again”? With that in mind, I hereby proclaim that: Read more
“Obituaries? Really? You honestly think that’s a kicky idea for an uplifting blog post?” It may not be trending on Twitter right this minute, but keep reading. You’ll be reminded yet again that I’m here to help you.
I’ll share the “whys” in a moment. First let me get this one point across Read more
Almost from the beginning of our relationship, my husband Scott and I fell in love with each other’s twisted sense of humor, as well as how we both enjoy creative word usage. We began joking about “If polled on what are the three dearest words to the human heart, most English speakers would reply that of course it’s ‘I love you.’ But we contend that the three most treasured, valued, heart-warming words one can hear are Read more
I love quotes that inspire, and among my favorites is Basil King’s “Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.” As I was thinking about this the other day, I realized that my dad’s admonition of “If you can’t sing good, sing loud” was in perfect alignment with this philosophy. Read more
What is sacred space? A cathedral? Your favorite meditation spot? Where George Washington slept? I started pondering this when I read the observation of a character in Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, “There are those…who believe that all land is sacred. That it is sacred before we come to it, and sacred after.”
Wow, what a concept—the possibility that all space is sacred space. It makes me view every place I go differently. Most recently, it has awakened me to the fact that a local café touting itself as a coffee shop is actually a thinly disguised temple.
“Would you like to be on television?” my friend Melanie asked.
“Would pigs like to fly?” I responded. (Assuming here that flying is a pig’s deepest longing.)
Thus I found myself being interviewed on CW57’s “Girl Talk” by hosts Jessa Jeremiah, Elyse Edwards, and Janet Cresson. Read more
Energy healing and touch therapy are gaining credence in scientific studies and Western medicine, with more than 60 U.S. hospitals offering Reiki as part of patient services and 800 offering Reiki education. Yet what comes to mind for some at the suggestion of energy healing are the questionable results of a wild-eyed evangelist laying on hands and braying, “Be healed!”. Read more