Some time ago someone I respect gave me some very good advice. He said he could see I'd been surviving and getting on pretty well, but that now it was time to put down the butter knife and pick up the sword and really start thriving. I have been thinking about this for a long … Continue reading The Sword and the Butter Knife
I am old enough that I was raised on all the original pre-Disney version of fairy tales found in actual books, made of paper. You know the ones where the heroine having gone through some terrible trial is rescued by prince charming. My mother would read these bedtime stories to me and my sisters. We … Continue reading A Fairy Tale For A New Era
I am currently suffering from an overdose of irony. It is ironic that my late husband suffered from chronic back problems, without a clear diagnosis of how they started and why they persisted. Now here I am with a back problem brought on by something as frivolous as jumping rope, clearly seen on both x … Continue reading Sitting with Myself
Then there is exercise. Bodies need to move. I thought that joining a gym was the answer for me. I was dedicated and went 3-4 times a week faithfully. I did weight training. I walked and ran on the treadmill. I pedaled on the stationary bikes, huffing and puffing all the way. I was so … Continue reading Mind, Body, Spirit…Move?
My relationship to food, like most Americans is complicated. It is the part of my quest for health that I am still trying to get a handle on. I realize that this kind of "problem" is actually a privilege that much of the world does not have the resources or opportunity to have. I want … Continue reading Mind, Body, Spirit
In my pursuit of life and health, my body was the missing element for many years. To think of it now seems crazy. We are not created to be a disembodied mind/spirit being. It took a bit of backtracking to figure out how I got to this place and then figure out how I was … Continue reading Mind, _______ , Spirit
My job as a nurse is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging at times. This week my emotions have run the gamut from laughter as a group of us were huffing and puffing in our new N-100 masks and hearing my coworkers say "Luke, I am your father"… to near tears trying to help my patient … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls!
Pain. It is inescapable. If you are alive you will have pain. Mental pain, physical pain, broken heart. I have been thinking a lot about pain and trauma since my husband died. How have I experienced pain? Some times it is very physical. My heart/chest feels the ache. I feel heavy and slow. It can … Continue reading Pain is a Dish Best Served with Chopsticks
I've been thinking a lot about how the world, in light of COVID-19 has been flipped upside down. The movers and shakers have been immobilized. The powerful and the popular pushed aside. If you have been on social media at all you know that the extroverts feel they have been thrown into a desert with … Continue reading Upside Down and Inside Out
Who we are is affected by how we see ourselves and the world around us. Whether we feel we can have affect on it, or if we feel we are powerless. Am I worthwhile? Am I worthy of love? I had a dream recently that I was at rehearsal, singing, but I couldn’t focus. My … Continue reading This Is Me