Our way of life is dying.
We cannot ‘return to normal.’ Normal is long gone.
We’re in the midst of spiritual surgery.
We’re being split open and dissected and reformed and reassembled as something we’ve never been before.
We’re getting woken up from a long, tumultous, unconscious, irresponsible slumber. … More It’s OK to not be OK.
Day 3: A – Z Challenge Be Who You Are. Yesterday, I turned 55. Yeah. (I can’t believe it either.) For my birthday, my 80-year-old artist/quilter/mother extraordinaire created a ‘book’ to celebrate my early life. (She plans to do two more: child and maiden. She told me, “You’ll have to do the crone version yourself … More Create a Beautiful Life
Today, I am the birthday girl. Today, I celebrate another twirl and whirl around the sun. I celebrate, conscious of each breath, each fragile moment, each grace that comes my way. Today, I am new; today, I embark on another year, my hat full of sun and rain, ideas, books, lines of poetry, mind-maps, vision … More Birthday Girl
And so it begins. Seeing Light. Everywhere. Seeing doors everywhere. Seeing my way through. At last. While I’ve been recovering from the various and sundry ailments of the past few months, I’ve started to brew up some big plans, which I will be acting on during the next four or five months. One of those … More The Journey of a Thousand Miles
For Amanda Moore Berry This morning as I woke, I thought about my mother. I thought about this day 50 years ago when she was in the throes of labor, when morning light flooded her hospital room — and my father paced the hallway outside, smoking incessantly — back in the day when you could … More At 50: A Remembrance
In memory of Maricela Ochoa Henderson “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault Small moments of transformation. Last night my nephew called me. He’s three. He told me he had macaroni and cheese for dinner. He told me he was going to the … More It’s the Small Stuff
“Let gratitude be the pillow on which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” ~ Maya Angelou I write this week in memory of my friend, Nancy Smith-Watson’s mother, the lovely, cheerful, kind, and luminous, Dorothy Smith. She died on March 19. She was in her nineties. My gratitude for the impact that she had on … More Thank You, Universe
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” ~ Vernon Howard This morning, the citrus trees out back are swaddled in sheets, mattress covers, tarps, and comforters. It is 27 degrees in Arizona. It is never 27 degrees in Arizona. The sun is shining but my doglet won’t get … More Simple Pleasures
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T. S. Eliot As the tumult of 2012 comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude to the people who’ve read Falling Into Wonderland over the … More 2012: A Gratitude List
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~ Henry Brooks Adams Drunken desert grackles and wrens were dancing the cha-cha and singing until all hours last night. My Palo Brea is awash in yellow flowers that are apparently quite tasty and fun for birdies. They were having a nectar festival … More Counting My Blessings