Then What?

Into this box – old paints and thinners and primers and stains and cleaners and brushes.  Take it away. Into that box - broken phones and batteries, cords and cameras no longer blinking.  Take it away. On the porch - books and clothes and more books and more clothes, and stuff and stuff and stuff.  Take it away.  Please take it away. And paintings from the walls, and dishes from the shelves, and papers and papers and papers.  I beg of … [Read more...]

The Energy of Things

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This piece has been a while coming as I’ve looked about our home deciding what on earth to do with all of Mike’s things. “There is no rush, take your time.  Things have energy and you will know when it is time.”  This was the wisdom of Ziri Rideaux, the fabulous woman from Friends Funeral Home, who helped guide me through the process. As we sat there, Elise and I, trying to absorb this new reality, she reminded me that everything was … [Read more...]

Angels Everywhere

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Over and over I’ve expressed my great thanks to family and friends, old and new, for their amazing outpouring of love and support. Though not religious in any formal tradition, I’ve come to call them my angels and feel blessed to be surrounded by so many. But the story I’m about to share taught me that angels are everywhere, in all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, sometimes when we least expect it. It was a week after Mike had passed away … [Read more...]

Cracked Open.

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What is the jumping point for this writing?  Where do I begin?  You are joining me mid-chapter.  So perhaps I need to bring you up to date.  On May 8, my husband Mike went in for a simple surgery.  Two and a half hours and a thousand sorries later, they told me he was gone.  That day has become my line in the sand, life before he passed away and then the everything after. As any who have experienced loss it is a rollercoaster of emotions.  His … [Read more...]

Accidental Joy

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Guitar classes.  My husband gave me a series at McCabe's for Christmas this year.  I haven’t played since I was in college but was inspired to pick it back up again after all this time. It is definitely harder on this old brain to make it all work – fingering and plucking and reading and rhythm.  But it is a fantastic reminder that it is diligence and persistence that make the difference, because at each class we are all a little … [Read more...]

Guess the substance? Guess the addiction?

A patient of mine, we’ll call her Jane, described the following process.  She had manysymptoms that not only aggravated her, they also scared her.  She was worried she was deteriorating very rapidly. Here were her symptoms:  Poor energy and stamina: she did not feel refreshed after a full night’s sleep and had an afternoon slump.  Her hip joints became painful and stiff over the past year to the point where she limped.  Additionally, her … [Read more...]

Bringing Sacred Back One Routine At A Time

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Bringing Sacred Back One Routine at a Time A day in the life of living in ritual… If you think of it, every life is comprised of ritual; from the way we get up in the morning and tend to the nuances of our day to the moment it’s time to slumber. We can chose to think of this as our routine or change the way we perceive our experiences. I’m curious. What would a shift in perception do to our connection with spirit and with each other? That … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Add More Play To Your Day

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Five Ways To Add More Play To Your Day By Shelby Phillips Weinstein Dr. Stuart Brown has spent much of his career studying the benefits of play for adults. He says we shouldn't just set time aside to play, instead we should infuse each moment with it! I love that. But how do I do that? Really do that? Especially when I have a propensity for the serious side of life? Shocking I know, but true nonetheless. I have given this a great deal of … [Read more...]

I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance

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I Am Tired Of The Eggshell Dance By Marianne Simon You know what I mean. Tired of worrying about what people think. Tired of worrying about hurting people’s feelings. Tired of being afraid to make a mistake. Tired of talking quietly, cautiously. Tired of making waves, tired of tiptoeing thru life. I’m tired of holding it in, sucking it up. Tired of keeping it back. Tired of smiling until my cheeks crack. Tired of not trusting … [Read more...]

Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)!

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Turtle On A Rock (Or Who Needs Multi-Tasking?)! By Marianne Simon I am questioning when it became such a great skill to be able to multi-task. Maybe it is my age showing. Or maybe it’s just plain scary to watch a bike rider texting on their phone with one hand while taking a puff of a cigarette with the other. And for myself I know that when I eat lunch while entering my receipts in Quickbooks, I only up with a belly ache and grease all … [Read more...]