On Being Lost

"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest." Pema Chodron ..... The night before my first surgery, facing an unknown diagnosis and all the fear my teenage heart could handle, one of my best friends came to visit me. She brought with her the gift of … Continue reading On Being Lost


On Being Born, a Woman

"For self is sea-boundless and measureless . . . the soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals." Kahil Gibran . . . All of me is connected within an intricate web of being. I cannot separate my artistic self from the other spaces that my life fills. I am all the time an artist, all … Continue reading On Being Born, a Woman

On Loss

In a very real sense becoming a mother is a loss of self. I am no longer just a woman. I am a woman and a life within. This inter-connected identity is the deepest unity one can know. We are separate, but we are one. This cycle of growth is ever deepening and expanding. At just 16-20 … Continue reading On Loss

Be Here Now

"Be here now, no other place to be; this whole world keeps changing, come change with me. Everything that's happened, all that's yet to come, Is here inside this moment, it's the only one." Mason Jennings . . . This morning I'm enjoying my coffee in a fairly empty room. The sounds echo a little differently; the light is … Continue reading Be Here Now

Still Waters

“One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born. . . to be followed by still others in endless rhythm and beauty”  John Muir A night from the summer I spent in northern Wisconsin will always stay etched in … Continue reading Still Waters

Killing Buddha

I have always been mystified by Buddhism, drawn to its beauty and peace, and intrigued by its diverse interpretations. Buddhists do not follow a leader, rather, their journey toward Enlightenment is a personal effort. Siddhatta Gotama himself sought to direct his followers attention to his teaching, rather than to himself. He believed that he had awoken to a … Continue reading Killing Buddha