Permission slip: you are allowed to be you

I Should Feel Grateful…

In the United States, Thanksgiving is just around the chronological corner.  Those who have sat around a Thanksgiving table know that at some point, someone will clink-clink-clink a glass, look warmly around the room and ask, “Alright everyone! Shall we go around and say something we’re grateful for?” Perhaps you are that someone.  Confession time. I am … Read more

Illustration: Person hiding in a paper bag

I am Scared

Yesterday I read an article during and after which I felt scared.  I imagine I’m not the only one who has had that experience recently, so I thought it might be helpful to share how I worked with the fear.  The first thing I did was notice. “I am scared.” To me, that simple recognition … Read more

Unbind Yourself

Unbind yourself from contradictions. If you are stuck, they may be why.  Trace your rules back to their sourceWere they ever yours to begin with?  Or were they modeled? Inherited? Overheard? Impressed upon you…or else. Did they come from an abstract authorityOr your own innermost knowing?  Were they helpful for some other time?Or someone else’s context? Unbind … Read more

Voting With Our Attention

On a recent road trip, Vince and I pulled up alongside several handwritten signs staked near intersection. As the passenger, I leaned toward the window and could easily make out the messages. They all boiled down to : Trump is an idiot  Trump is crazy  Don’t trust Trump  And about 12 others. “What do they say?” Vince asked, his eyes focused on the … Read more

The Happening

A few months ago, my friend Diana suggested I watch The Biggest Little Farm. “You will love it.” she said. And boy-oh-boy was she right. I LOVED it. It changed the way I SEE. Specifically the way I see nature, but what isn’t nature? Aren’t we nature? Recently, my friends Jon and Sharon posited that the Earth doesn’t actually top out at the ground but … Read more

Turtles All The Way Down

There’s a story in which one person asks another, “On what is the Earth resting?” The second person answers, “Why, the Earth is resting on a turtle’s back!” The first person asks, “Then on what is that turtle resting?” The second person answers, “Why, another turtle, of course!” The first person looks puzzled. “My friend,” … Read more