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Honoring Oneself

March 19, 2013

“Self-knowledge promotes choice and action, and many people feel unready for either.” –Caroline Myss   Caroline Myss’s  Anatomy of the Spirit has been a transformative read for me this year. I bought the book two years ago, but didn’t start reading it until January 1st when I felt that I was ready and open for spiritual guidance. […]

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Women in Progress

March 20, 2012

A carpenter came to my house last weekend bearing wisdom. When my husband and I apologized about the mess in the basement, he said something marvelous. “I don’t see messes; I just see works in progress.” Wonderful, isn’t it? (I added the semicolon.) So I’ve been using that as my mantra, now that the spring sun […]

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The Master Bedroom

February 24, 2012

  Oprah, my favorite talk-show prophet, has called it the most important room in the house. The master bedroom, she insists,  needs to be an oasis more than just a place to sleep. And it should never have a TV. Any rap star on MTV’s Cribs presents his bedroom like its Downton Abbey. He opens […]

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A few years back, I paid 20 bucks for a psychic in Mystic, Connecticut to tell me who I was in various past lives. She held my hand and spoke rapidly: a Buddhist monk, a war reporter, a Native American warrior princess. As my life progresses further, as I mature and my understanding of the […]

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How My Garden Grows

May 17, 2011

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row. –English nursery rhyme As I get older, I am working on recognizing and accepting who I am and who I am not, rather than beating myself up for not being who I want […]

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Lately, it seems that everywhere I look, moms are getting reprimanded for the amount of time they spend on the internet. And I’m getting tired of it. In fact, I’m getting downright angry. I struggle with my predilection for the internet. While I enjoy traveling and connecting with others, all in the comfort of my […]

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Domestic Bliss: A Guided Tour

February 15, 2011

For John Keats. (The poor man no bloody clue what I’d do to his poetry.) “A thing of beauty is a joy forever…” “Its loveliness increases…” “It will never pass into nothingness…” “But still will keep a quiet bower for us…” “And a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing…” “Yes, in […]

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Christmas Therapy

December 21, 2010

For my very understanding husband– (To the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer”) Jana the freshest blogger, had a very scary scream And if you ever heard it, you would know her house was not clean. All of the other mothers seemed to keep their voices low. They never knew that Jana sometimes let her temper […]

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Women in Aprons

December 9, 2010

There’s a food revolution going on. You may have noticed. Books about eating organic food abound the shelves of your local bookstore. Writers of those books appear on countless talk-shows. High-fructose corn syrup has become a term synonymous with devil. And I am one of those foodies. Sort of. While I ate only grilled cheese […]

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SuperWoman Seuss

November 19, 2010

Papers, papers, everywhere…. Check in the kitchen. Are they there? Yes! Look in the dining room. Is there plenty to share? Oh, yes. How about the piano? Do we philistines dare? Gulp. Next, the bedroom. There must be floorspace to spare? Indeed. (And coupons, too. What else did Man make shoeboxes for?) But is there […]

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