Tag: authenticity

Small miracles

Wahoo! I’m exhausted but flying high tonight. Why? Because I sold a lot of books today. My partner, Robin, spent the whole time with me, from 10:15, when we left home, to 3:15, when we arrived back here again. He…

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Words for a younger self

Cathryn Wellner

I feel tender toward the uncertain young woman I was when my life seemed to be spinning out of control. I want to tell her things will turn out all right. She’ll survive the crashes. Sometimes she’ll soar. There will…

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Living large

“We all deserve to have fun, live large, and be ridiculed by less imaginative people existing under the erroneous assumption they get extra credit for being prudent and safe.” Patti Digh, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up,…

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Twisted trees or wild sprawl

Sprawling tree

One of many moves took me to Oakland, California. I’d spent the previous nine years living thirty kilometers from the nearest town. Sometimes that felt achingly lonely. I decided my next chapter would be walking distance to everything. I found…

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Learning a secret language

For a long time, I’ve known my communications deficiencies were deeper than being limited to English, with a smattering of French and German. My animal communication skills are weak. (I’ve written about some of my attempts on Catching Courage: Compassion…

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A woman, not a label

Growing up in Twin Falls, Idaho, I had no words for people who loved differently from the model we considered “normal”. Not that all the families around us led Leave-It-to-Beaver lives. My own nuclear family consisted of a single mother,…

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The art of changing our lives

We are all life change artists, and we can continually, and successfully, reinvent ourselves. That’s the message of Kathleen Jordan and Fred Mandell in Becoming A Life Change Artist. I wish this book had been on my shelf when my…

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Baba Yaga

Bilibin's Baba Yaga

[Fans of Marilyn Raymond’s poetry will be glad to see another of her works here. Others on this site are Sunflowers, That Apple, and Sucking on Stones.] There are worlds Aristotle didn’t know           where spirit moves           where myth puts on…

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A Good Day

It’s the love in his eyes and voice that bring a lump to my throat when I look at his online photograph or listen to the video below. Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk with a knack for making…

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