Do teenagers have it right? Is sinking into your emotions, settling in among the swirling colored vortex surrounding you and whipping around you like a funnel cloud the way to make sense of things, the only real way to move safely through the angst and overwhelm of intense emotions? I’m beginning to think so. […]
I’ve been absent from this space for the last couple of months because I’ve been hibernating.
One of the definitions of “hibernation” is “to withdraw or be in seclusion.” Every January, I try to remove myself from the daily insanity of connectedness to discourse with myself and ensure that my life is proceeding in the direction I want and need. I intended this year to be just the same, but as I moved through the holidays and January to jump back into my routine, I realized I needed to make it different. Continue reading “Hibernation”
Since I brought home my new kittens last weekend, more than a few people have asked about their names, Linus and Sabrina. When I decided to get a male and a female kitten, I went on a hunt for a good “couple” identity in literature or popular culture. So many of those I tried out […]
It’s a loaded word. The concept seems simple, but there is nothing easy about it. Even speaking the truth can be fraught with triggers and uncertainty.
What if I speak my truth and somebody doesn’t agree with me? What if speaking my truth makes somebody else angry, or makes them feel betrayed, hurt? What if it makes other people uncomfortable?
News flash… Continue reading “Truth”
Recently I read an essay by Toni Hammer about the void that happens when you’re done having children. About halfway through the piece, I could feel a knot in my throat, tears rising behind my eyes. Why? Because I’ve been living in this void, unwilling, possibly unable, to admit it. Reading Ms. Hammer’s words brought me to my knees in recognition.
I grew up an only child until age 12, when my sister was born. The sizable gap between us ensured that we both experienced life more or less as only children with the undivided attention and devotion of our parents. I thought that was fine and that if I ever had a child, I only wanted one. Continue reading “The Void”
Legend says that hummingbirds float free of time, carry with them our hopes for joy, celebration and love. The delicate grace of the hummingbird reminds us that life is rich, that beauty is all around us, that every personal connection is meaningful, and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation. This little beauty was kind enough to […]
As anyone with school age children knows, the end of summer is a busy time, with back-to-school planning and shopping, and last minute adventures designed to squeeze the last moments of fun out of the warm weather before the routine of school days takes over. Two weeks ago, I started the book Chakras for Beginners by David Pond. Two weeks it took me to finish a book with 158 pages of text. Another week plus to write this post, which I’ve broken into two posts, as I don’t feel right about burdening anyone with a “short” essay of over 2,000 words. Then another week or more to edit for myriad reasons, all legitimate, but when I put them down on paper, they come across as nothing so much as excuses.
As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I’ve been thinking about acceptance and joy. As I work my way through this journey towards a more joyful life, towards finding the most joy and happiness in my life, I am discovering that the more I accept myself – and that includes my past, my failures, […]
Today’s post is up at Jennifer Hall’s blog, Dancing in the Rain. Jennifer runs a guest post series called “The View From Here.” I am humbled and honored that Jennifer chose to include my post, “On Being a Jewish Mother“ as this week’s feature. Please stop on by and take a read!