No End of Things in the Heart

 Just a few weeks ago I lost one of my dearest friends. Eddy fought his battle with cancer with a great attitude, and with dignity and strength. And now  I must find the strength to bear losing him. Eddy and I were friends my entire life, and I…

We Are More Than Birds

Aeneas left the Beauty of Tyre in Carthage, against both the wishes of he and his men, in order to carry the mantle of Troy to far Lavinia; a decision that took the wherewithal of his ancestors, the Gods. Beowulf slew the enemies of his people and monsters…

Regrowing Inner Strength

I have mulled the word strength over in my mind for almost two months.   I have come up with a book of stories on how I have been a strong woman, my whole life. But, I haven’t been able to think of a single instance where I might be…

Become Like Little Children

Summer before last, I was invited to my best friend’s family reunion. Since I hadn’t had a chance to see her for about 8 years, I jumped at the opportunity. We have known each other for over 20 years and have spoken on the phone at least weekly…

Trusting the Process

  She has spent nearly 60 years surviving multiple traumas, yet her faith is unquestionable. She is quick to point out the positives of life and is full of gratitude. His eyes are kind and he is genuinely interested in hearing about my day despite his intense grief…

Strengthen the Ambiance in Your Space with Art

If the rooms in your house lack strength and character, art can elevate your spaces. Small shapely art objects displayed on shelves and artfully lit can make a big impact. Textured fabrics used on pillows, floor coverings and artfully framed will add warmth and character to a room….

Hello World

I have always turned to books for answers to life’s most difficult questions. For inspiration, I have hung a photograph of one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, prominently in my living room. Her work on gender, class, sexuality, and empire seems in many ways still relevant. But…

Why I’m No Better Than The Grinch At Stopping Christmas

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I do not like Christmas. It’s not that I don’t try to like it, and it’s not that I have never liked it, but inevitably, sometime on Thanksgiving Day, the reality of the looming Christmas season hits me, and I become melancholy…

Finding Strength Through the Power of Unconditional Gratitude

Life has a way of beating us and kicking us when we’re down.  Many of us are constantly under spiritual or emotional assault.  When we learn how to combat these assaults in a way that strengthens us, we are healed and renewed, rather than feeling broken, angry, depressed…

Relaxation

“And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries…