election night crying with fear and hope

Love wins even though Hillary didn’t: Moving forward from the election

Some might say it’s too soon for post-election talk of silver linings, optimism and hope. But too bad. Because I can’t keep moping. Grieving, yes. I will be grieving for quite some time. But action requires energy, and so I’ve got to raise my vibration. First, the feels It is pretty hard to get past something […]

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Lessons from a houseplant: how undeveloped potential leads to dead weight and dismay (Also: VOTE!)

As you may or may not already know, I am the caretaker of a French lavender plant named Lilah. Potential can take you by surprise Back in August I wrote about Lilah’s inspiring-slash-alarming growth spurt. In mere hours, she went from looking like this…: …to  looking like this: Sometimes, opportunity blossoms The sudden appearance of […]

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Gentle guidance means choosing love over fear.

Gentle guidance will always lead the way (so long as we allow it)

I am grateful for gentle guidance. Lately I have felt off-kilter, a bit blown about, and most definitely caught up in my own head. Getting sick didn’t help (although off-brand Advil did). Fortunately, in recent days I have remembered that gentle guidance is always accessible. Gentle guidance is always around It’s usually not more than a breath […]

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Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken is also a song

Caring community is so infinitely more satisfying than pseduo-solitude

To my caring community: If you don’t already get weekly #thankyouthursday emails from me, the below is a glimpse of what would have landed in your inbox this morning if you did. The subject line always completes the sentence “I am grateful for…” (Today’s subject line was “Caring Community”): Sorry about the subject line—I know “caring community” […]

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Grace by Natashia Deon is worth reading, and more importantly, worth reflection.

I read Grace by Natashia Deón and it was uncomfortably similar to current events even though it takes place in the 1800s because racism is still going strong in America and can we please do something about this? Like, for real?

By the time my hold alert on Natashia Deón’s Grace came through from the library, I’d forgotten why I’d requested it. No matter. I dug right in—and was depressed for the next three days while I read it. No question, the book is beautifully written. The story is artfully told. It’s just not a very nice […]

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