Inspirational, Musings

Shenpa: That which hooks you in and ensnares you

Shenpa is what Pema Chodron calls the hook. We each have different hooks but we all get hooked by attachment to outcomes, expectations, or regrets. It is emotionally painful and we suffer. Whatever the hook is, I have to let it go. I must remember that 100 years from now when I am dead and… Read More Shenpa: That which hooks you in and ensnares you

A Day in the Life of a Writer, Musings

first recognize your fear

“First recognize that you’re afraid and slowly build your tolerance for fear…You may still feel it, but you become willing to bear it as you write. You keep your hand moving, you stay there, you move closer and closer to the edge of what scares you.” – Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning You’d think it’d… Read More first recognize your fear

Musings, Thoughts on Notes from the Universe

7 things I’ve committed myself to for the new year

…and no, one of them is not an institution, thank you. Ever since I viewed this video, I’ve been on the lookout for ways I can communicate to people how important they are in my life. I was blown away by the response of the kids that Angela Maiers refers to in her talk.  I… Read More 7 things I’ve committed myself to for the new year

Thoughts on Notes from the Universe

How to be a legend

Note from the Universe:  A tip on legend making:  Always do what you most want to do, and do it your way. This note reminds me of the quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich In that case, well, shut up?! I’m already there. What do you most want to do? I want… Read More How to be a legend

Musings, Thoughts on Notes from the Universe

The power of noticing

December 23’s Note from the Universe:  Who would have ever thought that you would see, feel, and intuitively know so much that others completely miss?  You’ve changed absolutely everything. Ten+ years ago, I couldn’t think of a single person who could say that I was special to her/him.  I don’t mean romantically. I mean in… Read More The power of noticing

Musings, Thoughts on Notes from the Universe

It’s all good

Dooley’s flip calendar has this note: Sometimes difficult people are placed on your path so that you can be reminded of what you may have once put others through. In all cases, you both thought it was a good idea to meet up this time, for reasons that will one day make perfect sense. ~The Universe… Read More It’s all good

Opinion

Christmas, my love for you has died

Dear Christmas: I used to love you. From the choosing of the tree when I was little to the precise way my grandmother wanted it decorated when I was in my 20s.   Snowball fights and snow angels in Forest Falls. Plastic bags over socks, frozen shoelaces on wafflestompers, ice-caked mittens. Ginger ale, homemade hot cocoa,… Read More Christmas, my love for you has died

Opinion

5-year-old boy’s costume causes uproar with Christian moms

If this little boy had shown up as, say, the Joker, that would not have raised the same bristly response as his Daphne costume did.  What is it about embracing the feminine that sets Christians on edge?  My sons played in my make-up and jewelry when they were five, and they clunked around in my… Read More 5-year-old boy’s costume causes uproar with Christian moms

Opinion

And if the Tea Partiers were Women….

If Tea Party Was Black Tim Wise raises important questions –if the Tea Party was comprised of people who weren’t white–what would the reaction be? But I don’t think he goes far enough with this:  “And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about.” (Last paragraph in the blog article.) This is what… Read More And if the Tea Partiers were Women….