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...]

What matters?

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Last night I heard a friend had passed away.  She was my age.  After two months of surgery and great pain, the cancer got the best of her. As we spoke of her and the progression of her illness over cups of tea, the thing that struck me most was a story of how in her last days of delirium she played melodies in the air.  That visual, fingers moving in the shadows, playing a Mozart Concerto was hauntingly beautiful, and terribly painful. For … [Read more...]

Making Love Soup

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It was bean soup I was making, cannellini bean made from scratch.  The beans had been soaking all day, and were now cooked perfectly (sometimes a challenge for me, getting them just right), salted and ready for the soup. Into my inherited cast iron pot I started with the bacon, just a few pieces for flavor and the fat for sautéing the vegetables.  First were the leeks and onions stirred until they sweetened and softened.  Next came the celery … [Read more...]

Destroy Toxic Thoughts With 3 Easy Steps

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Destroy Toxic Thoughts with 3 Easy Steps! By Micaela “Bubola” Passeri There are studies out there that suggest the mind generates 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Of those, about 80% are negative. We dwell on the past, worry about the future, cling to ideas of who we are, worry about who said what or what they'll think. Many of these thoughts are nonsense, a product of what many call the "monkey mind". The "monkey mind" is a Buddhist … [Read more...]

Coming Full Circle

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My father used to tell me that we can never step back into the river in the same place, no matter how much we desire it.  And to that I would respond:  that may be true, but sometimes in the attempt, the result is a greater blessing than we would have thought. At the age of 8 my parents nudged me into the world of theater.  Perhaps they thought it would help me with my shyness.  Perhaps, being artists themselves, they believed that everyone … [Read more...]

Are You In Your Ego Or Your Spirit?

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We can make one of two choices in walking through out day......We can live in our ego, or be guided by our spirit. Our ego reacts, while our spirit listens. Our ego interprets, while our spirit is open. Our ego personalizes, while our spirit remains objective and neutral. Our ego judges, while our spirit IS compassion. Our ego runs with fear, while our spirit is fueled by faith. When you find yourself thinking, feeling or acting in a way that … [Read more...]

Where Does Your Pride Lie?

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When my niece was 13 years old, I called her after a school play to ask her how it went. "It was great" she exclaimed....."I was really proud of my performance!" When my sister got on the phone I told her how amazing I thought it was that my niece, at an age when young girls are dimming their light to be accepted and not perceived as "conceited"........ could really celebrate and acknowledge herself. She told me something that I vowed to share … [Read more...]

Ideal or Real? — Maneuvering thru the Perfect Game

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We as a culture are familiar with setting goals. We hear all the time, dream big. Create your reality. Which I agree with. I find value in setting goals, intentions, and getting clear on what I want in my life. However, I seem to be relearning a lesson that I’ve struggled with in the past. I can’t help but wonder, “Are we holding so strongly to an ideal that we can’t see what’s right in front of our face?” I first learned this lesson … [Read more...]