When I forget to love myself enough to take down time, to see where I am pushing too hard, or to recognize the ways in which I block out the sound of life in favor of ‘motoring through’ another day, my spirit gets heartsick.
Then, my body gets heartsick.
Then, my body gets ill. … More Life As Art: Beautiful, Just as You Are
For Amira de la Garza “You can’t expect insights, even the big ones, to make you suddenly understand everything, but I figure, hey, it’s a step in the right direction if they leave you confused in a deeper way.” — Lily Tomlin Lately my dreams leave me rattled. In them, I unpack a very large cooler … More Dazed and Confused
“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” ~ David Whyte Walking Into the Fire Over the past week or so, I’ve been reading Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions. I subscribed to her website a few months back because I liked the ‘truth bombs’ I saw on Facebook. Then, I joined up with her Big Beautiful Writers … More Finding Wholeheartedness
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not … More My Skin Horse
“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” ~ Marianne Williamson The veil between life and death is especially thin at this time of year. Shedding one skin to reveal another. … More The World Behind the World
In Memory of David Foster Wallace “But if you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, loud, slow, consumer-hell-type situation as not only meaningful but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the stars— … More This is Water
I bought a copy of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann at The Old Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle while I was still in high school. I have no idea what happened to that small piece of parchment with the handwritten calligraphy. I am sure it got lost along with much of the detritus of my childhood. Still, the … More Desiderata Unraveled
“There’s no place like home.” — Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz This week I flew to New Mexico for an English Composition Conference with one of my colleagues. There was a whirlwind of activity, networking, learning, sharing, talking and eating over the three day trip. We stayed at a resort about 26 miles from … More The Land of Enchantment