On Silence

When I was younger, in my late 20’s early 30’s, music was always on. The only time it was silent was when sleeping. I carried a transistor radio with me to listen to talk radio at my desk while working. Silence was a foreign idea. It didn’t occur to me to cultivate silence. During that […]

On the Deconstruction of the Self

Recently while feeling sad and a bit hopeless, my loving husband reminded me of how many obstacles I have overcome throughout my life.   I pick the hardest things to do and then I succeed at that super hard thing.  Power yoga with fused spine? Check.  Single parenting and a challenging career? Check. Recovery from addiction […]

The Dark Night of the Soul

Sometimes the darkness is brought on due to our actions, as evidenced in addiction. But other times, it feels random and unfair, like a cancer diagnosis for the mom who makes good choices and has two beautiful children and a loving husband.

Healing our Angst

Last March, some of us thought that this would all be over by Easter. Then when it wasn’t, we thought, “Maybe by the summer.” The lush summer came and went; everything turned red, gold, and brown; it got cold. “Maybe by the new year.” Each expectation leads to another disappointment. The disappointments feed our angst like a greedy child devouring cookies.

Reasons to be Cheerful

It’s the holiday season, the season for glad tidings and cheer! I bet many people think they don’t want to deal with the proverbial “comfort and joy.” So for all of the Grinches, the naysayers, the Scrooges, and the Negative Nancies, this post is for you.  It’s also for the depressed, the depleted, the mildly […]