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Parenting from Kindness

The little boy, a pint-sized bundle of energy, squatted on the sidewalk, a tiny stick in his hand, no more than a leaf stem. He had turned a grey centipede over with the stick and watched the bug shake its many legs. The boy seemed curious. “Honey,” how would you feel if I turned you over on your back and poked you in the tummy?” the young mother asked her son. Bright sunlight glistened on the sidewalk, wet from sprinklers that had just turned off. The little boys knees were scuffed, scratched, the way little boys knees often are. His feet were bare. He stared at the squirming bug, thoughtful. “We choose kindness,” the young mother said, her voice soft, firm. The little boy looked back and forth between his Mama and the bug.  He thought.  He righted the bug. The Mama ruffled her son’s hair and hugged him.  He…

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Sandy

March 11, 2024

Spiritual teachers wear robes, are soft-spoken and levitate above their seat cushions, legs-folded, guru-style. Well, maybe.

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The Sacred Feminine – Collaborative Essay

January 26, 2024

How I love to love. It is the dreamer, the believer, the connected traveler living my life in me. It is the wild woman who wants to dive deep into that pulsing, sensual tactile heart… Living unbound. It has also stung me, scorched my fingers into blisters, soccer punched…

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Overwintering Soul Poetry

January 3, 2024

At a recent online workshop I offered, “The Overwintering Soul”  participants wrote “eight minute” poems about “Stillness” or “Darkness” as reflections for the Winter Solstice 2023. Here is a compilation of beautiful poems written by authors who kindly shared their inspirations:   Stillness Stillness wraps me close. I feel soothed like velvet on my cheek,…

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Spiritual Blueprints

Spiritual Blueprints

May 31, 2023

“…I began changing my spiritual blueprints, confident that, in time, a shiny “new build” reality would materialize.”

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River

The River-Elegy-1

April 24, 2023

Written as part of a Method Writing Class with Jules Swales. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, Number 1.
“Birth certificates are death sentences. Signed, sealed, delivered. In between, the River I must roll, must roll, must roll.”

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Yearning

Yearning: Elegy-8

April 18, 2023

Yearning was written as part of a Method Writing Class with Jules Swales. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Eighth Elegy in the Duino Elegies. “Nowhere, beloved, will satiation be found but within. In the heart’s cavern only, seen by none, celebrated by none, adored by none, the grail hides, a tabernacle clothed in invisibility.”

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I earned the right to be.

I Earned the Right to Be/Elegy-6

February 27, 2023

“Nothing to do. Nothing to think. Nothing but relax. Wait for death’s scoop into heaven’s magic, the best, most free, most silent, most pregnant years of a life brimmed with work and responsibility.”

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Two Hearts

December 30, 2022

I love two men. Thank goodness that on the earthly plane, these loves were sequential. On the spiritual side they are simultaneous. My first love, tall dark and handsome, swept me off my feet when I was 24. He scooped me onto the back of a motorcycle and showed me through sensual, passionate presence how…

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Evergreen Gifts

December 26, 2022

On a walk among luminaria, I found evergreen magic. In the city block of my Phoenix neighborhood, on Christmas Eve and Christmas night we observe a tradition of lighting luminaria, votive candles in white sacks, placed along the edges of our sidewalks. I took a walk in the dark of Christmas evening to enjoy both…

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Belonging

December 16, 2022

Christmas presents, gifts of light, can arrive at any time of the year. They can even unwrap in a university classroom in July on a campus shimmering in summer heat. Before the age of 30, I yearned to belong. I didn’t seem to fit anywhere. I was too quiet. Too shy. Too intense. Too emotional….

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