Not everyone loves Christmas, but I do. Not all of the beads on the string are beautiful, in fact, several, especially the early ones with my mother, whose anxiety spiked with the pressure of creating a good Christmas, were pretty rough. Somehow our father and my three brothers and me always found a way to … Continue reading Memory Beads of Christmas’ Past
First it's about Human Rights. The first step on the long climb is to recognize that if you are unable to allow freedom to others, you'll never have it yourself. If my individual freedom encroaches on yours, that is not it. That is bullying. If I think freedom is doing as I please, I haven't … Continue reading The Long Climb on the Road to Freedom
It's about staying light; about believing in hope, goodness, love, connection, and finally, finding humor. What does it mean to stay light? In the Mahabharata, Krishna advised Arjuna on the day of battle and after a terrible betrayal, to not let his heart get hard. A soft heart does not mean we'll get run over. … Continue reading Love in the Time of Terrorism
Like so many others, the first time I saw Paris, I fell in love. In many consequent trips, I continued that love affair; always a little different, but never less thrilling. I wrote an historical novel: the Nobility of the Robe, about a real woman who was the abbess of Port Royal Abbey in 17th … Continue reading Paris; Love, Beauty, Inspiration, Joie de Vivre, Will never be beaten down.
There are so any times, and so many reasons, we need help from a source greater than ourselves. As 12 step programs say, we need to understand what is in our control and what is not. However, when it is not, that's when I make the call. Jungian Psychology names that force: the anima or … Continue reading Connect With Your Creative Muse; for fun, for help with a problem, even for Directions.
Many years ago, when I'd been working as a therapist for several years, I came upon an ancient Greek tradition where people suffering from an illness (whether physical or mental) went to healing caves for a cure. At the site there were caves where the patient slept and then healers aided their patients in interpreting … Continue reading How Stories Can Facilitate Psychological Health
The first truths are taught to us by our mothers. They are the truths that support all others; the people I see, the earth at my feet, the plants and trees around me, the sky above, are neutral until given meaning, and the original meaning comes from her. Our mother gives us access to the … Continue reading Mothers Milk is Mother’s World.