Reflections on the Worthiness of Weeds

  I love this meme.  I love the sentiment behind it, the metaphor within it, and the simple mantra at its core.  It inspires me to move forward in 2017 planting the flowers I wish to sow. But today I planted a weed. Because planting flowers ALL THE TIME is really,…

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The Gift

“The Gift” By Jennifer Merlich   The old man stared at his hands.  “Where has the time gone?” he wondered aloud. “What have I done with my life?  Look at these hands! Gnarled and twisted with age! How can these be the same hands that used to fly nimbly over…

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The Bleeding Heart

The Bleeding Heart

You called me a bleeding heart. Words flung with force and fury, Spittle clinging to your lips like a rabid dog. Because I refuse to meet your hate with more hate all you have left is to attack my heart. My lifeblood, lifeforce, life-affirming, life-loving, life-giving heart. And you were…

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The Giving Season

I was recently the recipient of an incredible act of anonymous kindness. It came from out of nowhere, at exactly the right time.  The magnitude of the gift moved me to tears, and I was so grateful and profoundly moved by the generosity of my unknown benefactor.  But I was also…

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Mirrors

Mirrors

I’ve been thinking a lot about mirrors. A resume is like a mirror.  A resume critique service recently informed me that my current resume makes me seem more like a “doer rather than an achiever”.  This actually makes perfect sense to me professionally.  I can list many achievements, but how…

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The Disney Debacle

(Yes, this is a true story.) It really did seem like a good idea at the time…    I suppose you could call us a non-traditional family.   Four loners—my mom, my dad, my brother and me—generally content to do our own thing in life.  For years, our Christmases had fallen…

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Leave Love In Your Wake

I’ve recently found myself with more time on my hands than money, so my charitable contributions this year have taken the form of service rather than dollars.  I’ve spent time the last month volunteering in the adoption center of a local animal rescue organization.  Considering that all I’m asked to…

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Learn to Be Still

I live in a lovely neighborhood in Southern California.  I’m fortunate to have found a house to rent in a beautiful, affluent community.  The lawns are well-maintained and precisely landscaped, the cars are shiny and new, and there’s a wonderful park—one of the nicest in town—just across the street. Last…

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The “B” Word

For the last 15 years, I’ve taught African drumming in and around my local community.  Several years ago, a gentleman came to the first class of a 6 week session I was facilitating.  He called me the next day and said, “I don’t think I’m going to continue in your class. …

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Angels Incognito

  Or, “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”   “Flick, flick, flick”. That’s the sound the salt packet makes as my brother slowly taps it with his finger. “Flick, flick, flick”. Such a tiny gesture—something we all do without even thinking—but I cling to it as though it was the last…

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A Safe Place to Land

“How in the world did I get here?” That was the question running through my mind as I stood on a platform the size of a postage stamp, suspended out over a drop that seemed to rival that of the Grand Canyon.  Just this side of a complete meltdown, I…

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Sneaking Off Into the Sunshine

If you hang around here with me long enough, you’ll soon realize that my dog Phoebe is basically my heart walking around outside my body. She is a constant source of joy, and I do everything I can to make sure she is healthy and happy at any given time. …

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Sacred Days

These are sacred days. I arrive in Texas on a scorching summer day.  The weather app on my phone tells me it is 105 degrees, but all I have to do is look at the birds to know just how hot it really is.  They hug the shadows the trees cast,…

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