Create a Beautiful Life

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

Whatever Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Chinese Proverb My mother’s the strongest person I know.  What’s made her that way? Life’s trials and vicissitudes. Death. Divorce. Loss. Illness. Terrible tragedy. My mom, who is now 78, comes from a childhood of domestic violence and abuse. She married my father at 19, and had her first … More Whatever Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger

Your Wild and Precious Life

For my Mother “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion.  What sickness can, therefore, be an obstacle?” I am thinking today about the line from Mary Oliver’s poem (above).  Our lives — the moments and years that we often take for granted; the minutiae of every day life; the value of each precious minute — … More Your Wild and Precious Life