Now that the rush and excitement of the New Year has ebbed, perhaps you have slipped back into some familiar habits that you were hoping to break out of. One of my pernicious habits is going non-stop through my days. Conscious pauses during each day are essential for high productivity. Even though I have…(Read More)

No matter how much we are drawn into our web of media and news, we cannot afford to lose our ability to stay centered and calm. It is this very ability that lets us navigate the deluge of information in a way that still lets it touch our hearts. Like you, I was grieved and…(Read More)

Bring Your Beach Bliss Home


  It’s September. If you’re like me, you’re hoping you can squeeze in one more trip to the beach to capture that endless summer feeling. But as we reenter our fall rhythm, we might ask: how do we bring our beach bliss home with us?  Because we can. Spending time at the…(Read More)

Our passion for efficiency, effectiveness and exertion has gone too far.  We live today in a unique era of possibility and productivity, but technology, media and the need to do and experience it all are hurting us as much as they help us.  We love getting things done, but we are burning ourselves out. We…(Read More)

Welcoming the Self


Clutter, lateness, and disorder are all fantastic ways to reject ourselves.  We walk into our bedroom with clothes on the floor, or in a pile on a chair, and tell ourselves, “What a mess you are!!” That hurts, and it doesn’t really motivate us to clear up the piles.  We don’t want the…(Read More)

The Struggle for Home


I just read Roger Cohen’s essay on depression and immigration called “The Battle to Belong” in the New York Times, 1/18/15.  It is part of his beautifully written memoir of his mother’s ordeal with depression and her struggle to become English after her girlhood in sunny South Africa.  She was an…(Read More)

I came into the house yesterday with so many items in my arms that they threatened to spray over onto the floor as I walked into the house. My son’s sweatshirt, two water bottles, a snack bag, a frozen lunch container, a bag of purchases, my keys, my wireless headset, the newspaper, a magazine…(Read More)

Not Present At My Own Party


When I turned forty, I was still single and I decided to throw a big party for myself.  I invited all my friends and family, friends from childhood and college.  A bash with great food and good wine. I planned ahead – or so I thought.  I created a wonderful menu of delicious dishes, most…(Read More)

Spilt Milk


We are living for the year in Northern California, where the tomatoes are juicy, the peaches are heavenly and the overall quality of the food is just outstanding.  As I tried to up the health level of my family, I decided to try GrassMilk for our family.  GrassMilk is from grass fed cows.  No, of…(Read More)

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