Grief is a sacred journey

Creativity

A Time To Push, A Time to Pause

14 1 My ability to push against fatigue and check new projects off the endless to-do and ran away from home. I’ve looked for her everywhere. Believe me. I have. The Muse refuses to answer my calls.

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Lessons from Artemis, Goddess of the Wild

154 28 3 I was once an extroverted girl who loved loud Motown concerts and learned every dance on American Bandstand. I liked singing, acting, and jiving with friends, my husband, and our sons. I loved concerts,

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9 Ways to Unpack a Powerful Dream

129 6 4 In my dream, my house is filled with noisy demanding people. Six orangutans lie in the middle of the wood floor. One lies on her back, wet and gooey as though she’s just given

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When Heartbreak Becomes A Second Chance

226 44 I didn’t want a second chance. I liked my first option, the married life I’d worked on and loved for forty years. My husband Vic and I called our relationship “the Path of Marriage.” In

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Mothering Monarchs, Mothering My Soul

180 34 1   I carry the glass jar outside to a shady patch of white asters. The earth smells musty and moist in rising heat. Too hot for late September, plus a south wind when the

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Beauty Heals in Troubled Times

116 1 66 words, 9 photos,  1 prayer *** Read the Headlines. Hide under bed. ~~~ Shadow Unleashed. What have we done? ~~~ Scary dreams. No one to tell. ~~~ Hold trembling self. Find Balance somewhere.  

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Sandtray: Getting through Hard Times with Imagination and Play

126 4 A dear friend wrote me a letter after she read my last blog. Along with her usual wise reflections, she said, “…yesterday’s blog is so lonely–for Vic, for your brother–and filled with the stress of your

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The Woman in My Dreams

143 In the dark days before Winter Solstice, I take stock of where I am and wonder where I’m going. December questions match the season and my time of life. How will I spend my precious days this year?

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Hearing the Poet’s Heart

96 20 I sat in the front row of Weiskotten Hall in Syracuse, NY, just a few seats from the poet Joyce McAllister. We’d come for the launch party of The Healing Muse 2016. I came to read my

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Welcoming the Dark Time

143 “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” ~Madeleine L’Engle This morning, soft gray dawn peeks through my bedroom shades at 6 a.m. With daylight savings time gone, I wake up early, but miss

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