The Pull Of Whopperland

The Pull Of Whopperland

My aunt and uncle owned a funeral home in Omaha, Nebraska.  They belonged to a country club with a sparkly pool.  Sometimes they vacationed in Europe.  Our family vacationed on a lake in Iowa.  We rented a two-room cabin with torn screens and questionable plumbing. ...
Truth Be Told…

Truth Be Told…

I’ve lived most of my life like Mystique from the X-men movies… … morphing into whoever I thought the people around me needed me to be. I imagine that’s what it must be like trying to play every part in a movie – exhausting. A part of me gets...
The Boundaries We Keep

The Boundaries We Keep

 I grew up in the Midwest with lots of aunts and uncles around.  They dropped in constantly.  There were no dates made or appointment planned.  They just showed up, sometimes with a box of doughnuts or sometimes a gallon of ice cream.  My mother would make a pot of...
How Dogs Save Lives

How Dogs Save Lives

There are numerous ways that dogs improve the health of humans, from getting us to exercise more, to providing much needed companionship and entertainment. But dogs do so much more for us. They can actually save our lives. Recognizing A Crisis In a medical case report...
The ABC’s of Vulnerable

The ABC’s of Vulnerable

When we are being vulnerable, does it really mean we are open to being hurt, attacked, and abused? Or does vulnerability actually mean we are strong enough to let down our guard and just be who we are, without fear? I suppose it’s both.   It’s really just a shift in...
Moments of Vulnerability

Moments of Vulnerability

Exposure When I first moved to New York as a young actress, I was offered a job understudying a Broadway diva for a production in Washington, D.C.  I was thrilled and intimidated.  I was comforted when I met her on the first day and she reassured me that she never...
Small Things Big Joy

Small Things Big Joy

On the theme of joy this month,  guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes about  how a small word delivers big things in life.  Journals Over Time I have been writing in a journal since I was a pre-teen. In those early years, it was called my diary. The palm-sized book...
You Can Hear The Difference

You Can Hear The Difference

When people in California hear that I was born in Nebraska, they assume I was raised on a farm, with cornstalks, cows and rolling plains.  But as Eva Gabor once said, “I get allergic smelling hay.”  I have rarely been on a farm; I grew up in Omaha, a city of 400,000...
Nature vs. Nurture: Does It Matter?

Nature vs. Nurture: Does It Matter?

On the theme of nurture this month,  guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes about  self-nurture and answering the call of your purpose.  What Do You Want To Be?  In an eighth-grade English class essay, I answered the question, “What do you want to be when you grow...
Small Nurturing Acts

Small Nurturing Acts

Listen Yesterday I spoke with my friend whose son is in Afghanistan.  He is in the Army and he is among the last troops to be there.  The situation is fluid, tense, uncertain.  It is transitional, to put it delicately.  He is her beloved only son.  As a fellow...
The Benefits Of Crying

The Benefits Of Crying

When Doves Cry There are so many things that we can do for our daily wellness.  There’s dry brushing, drinking green juice, meditating, connecting with nature, journaling, and of course working out and stretching.  But, what about crying?  When was the last time you...
Hope In Brooklyn

Hope In Brooklyn

One Year Ago – 2020 On our final night in Brooklyn a year ago, my husband and I took a walk on Court Street.  We headed through Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to our favorite pizza joint.  It was grey and rainy.  A fine mist fell over everything as...
From Death Springs Life

From Death Springs Life

It is the first day of Spring, the Spring Solstice, and I am thinking about death. This is perhaps not the first item that comes to mind for most people when you ask them what Spring would represent to them.  But my mind takes the odd path sometimes. In its own way...

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