Held In Place

Held In Place

Desert and poetry medicine: .   How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the smallest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world. . Each thing— each stone, blossom, child— is held in place. only we, in our arrogance, push out...
New Year, New Attitude

New Year, New Attitude

N E W ➢ Y E A R ➢ N E W ➢ A T T I T U D E This is the third year in a row I have reflected back on a rough year. The cancer diagnoses and heartbreaking losses really knocked me down in 2015. Annnnnd 2016.  Annnnnnnnnnd 2017. Grief is not for sissies, that’s for sure....
Grateful

Grateful

2017 was the hardest year of my life – no contest. I have had a lot of things to be mad and sad about, but also, more blessings than I can count. New friendships, deeper bonds, healing insights and a profound sense of peace with my life are just some of the...
The Medicine I Need

The Medicine I Need

The bat symbolizes darkness, letting go, death and re-birth. Even my animal spirit guide cards have got my number. There is no avoiding my assignment, no escaping my mission. It always comes back to death. I always find myself in the dark. And I wouldn’t have it any...
Missing Something

Missing Something

I experience the world as an intricate web of interrelated metaphors. Metaphors help me make sense of and work through challenges in my life. When it comes to messages from my body, I find this especially helpful. Metaphors usually help me gain insight about the...
Altar Reflections

Altar Reflections

I have had an altar space in my home for several years. It’s where I keep my candles, guidance cards, essential oils, palo santo, sage, crystals, etc. — special things. I typically meditate and journal near my altar in the morning, pulling out whatever...
Peso the BLUE Heeler

Peso the BLUE Heeler

The first time I gave Peso a bath I accidentally dyed him blue.   Not kinda blue. He was white. And then he was BLUE. Through and through. Like a smurf.   How did that happen? Great question.   I rinsed him with a bucket of water to which I had added liquid bluing–...
Home-free

Home-free

Dear friends,   I was recently abruptly displaced from my home right after suffering the loss of my dearest soul-sister-friend. Being without a home in SF while grieving an overwhelming loss has placed me on a transformative journey that is inspiring in me a new way...
What I Learned Being Cared For By Nurses

What I Learned Being Cared For By Nurses

I have been present for moments surrounding nearly a thousand deaths, an honor that few experience, but to me, is much more than a job. As a hospice nurse I have borne witness to some of the most profound moments of people’s lives, the end for some, and the loss, pain...
Grief and Life

Grief and Life

Lately I am particularly perplexed by the popular notion that people who have died would want us to be happy. I’m sure that’s true. But one thing I know for sure about the person I have most recently loved and lost is that, above all, she would want me to...

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