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...
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...
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...
The Courage To Be Different

The Courage To Be Different

Tonight I was going through some special things and I found this card from Chelsea. “M, God has blessed you with many gifts, and you know it is your task to realize them. May you never underestimate your potential, may you never lose hope. May you find the...
If Stars Had Eyes

If Stars Had Eyes

It occurred to me recently that the same stars have watched my whole life. While I have been down here moving and spinning, going through ups, downs, turmoil and joys — they haven’t moved. There they are, just steadily witnessing me unfold. It seems like a...

We Are Meant To Connect

I am TENDER. This grief is shaking my soul. I do not have my feet on the ground. I am not fully back in this world. … Time, linear things, focus and even communicating with out loud words feels foreign and weird. This leaves me acutely aware of the small kind...

Honoring My Favorite Angels Today

One year ago today I lost my precious Peso and on Sunday I lost my dear soul sister Chelsea. Peso was diagnosed with cancer two days after I returned home to San Francisco from being in San Diego with Chelsea after she received her diagnosis — and now the...
On VICTORY and HEALING

On VICTORY and HEALING

Yesterday I lost the physical form of a beloved soul sister and dear friend. Many people will say that she lost her battle with cancer. I see things another way. Chelsea didn’t lose and it wasn’t a fight. She rose to meet the challenge of cancer with...

Beautiness

In my job I get plopped into random homes in San Francisco where I am a witness to some of the most profoundly touching moments of people’s lives. Today I cared for an actively dying 60 year old man who received his cancer diagnosis just one month ago and now has only...

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