A post about my favorite topic…fear.

Three years ago I did a long mountain bike ride: it was thrilling, joyful, exciting and inspiring. I breezed through the climb to 12,000 feet and navigated the insane 6000 foot descent, with confidence and ease. I loved all 37 miles it. So, of course, I wanted to do it again. This past summer I […]

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The tough questions…

Yesterday was one of those days of turning, where your life splits into before and after.  The morning started with an email exchange with a teacher regarding my son’s progress. The exchange ended with this comment from her, “He is way too adorable, he just eats life up.” Not only did the comment delight me […]

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Season Of Joy

This is one of my favorite months of the year. The season of joy, our senses and memories triggered by smells, sounds, and sights. Sparkling lights, the smells of woodsmoke and pine, falling snow and pretty packages. It can also be a season of conflicting emotions, especially for those who are or have experienced loss […]

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The reality and duality of the human experience…

One of the couples I am working with shared their concern that due to their relationship struggles they were going to look back on the first year of their child’s life with regret. They shared their expectation that this first year was supposed to be happy and joyous. So we talked of expectations and what […]

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Voices

I’ve had several blogs, each with strikingly similar names, over the past five years, each one chronicling the same quotidian miscellany – baking spring’s first rhubarb crisp, washing a foamy sink full of dishes, rocking my little one back to sleep late in the night.  And each, in their time, attracted a handful of followers […]

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Falling into the moment.

  Cups of coffee steaming between us, we gazed out at the giant flakes falling. It was one of those moments that takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. As I sat with a dear friend, I felt as though I was living in a snow-globe – a perfect metaphor for life. There are […]

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Happy New Year…a little late.

Happy New Year! Yes, I realize it is February 3rd but it has been a slow start to welcome in 2014. Unexpectedly I found myself resisting the changing of the calendar. Maybe it was the busy holiday, the brutal cold, the flu and putting others needs above mine, THE SEVEN DAYS OFF of school, whatever […]

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Finding Comfort

After spending the weekend in my childhood home, I found myself last night in the comfort of my own home making a recipe my mother used to make when I was a child – homemade mac and cheese, one of my favorite comfort foods. As I gathered the ingredients for a recipe long ago committed […]

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It’s all in the way you talk to yourself.

Last week, I was talking with a woman about the concept of negative self-talk. The simple version: the negative things we say to ourselves affect how we feel and then how we behave. It becomes a vicious cycle we can get stuck in. I decided to take a different approach (because I like to mix […]

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What’s on your sign?

For some reason I’ve been taking notice of  the signs the panhandlers hold on the freeway ramps near my house.  Some have been slightly humorous, “OVERWHELMED” and others just sad, “Absolute desperation.”  I even heard of one with “I should’ve been a stripper” on it.  I often sit at the stoplight thinking about what would […]

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