Writing is…

My medicine. The salve for my wounds. It is my outlet, my inlet. It gives me insight and perspective. Through words I connect more deeply with myself and others. Writing is my gateway to sanity, though I often write insanely. Writing is my pleasure and my pain. It is my balance and imbalance. It isContinue reading “Writing is…”

Heart-to-Heart Conversation

This past Sunday, I had to have a heart-to-heart conversation with a dear friend. This person was becoming very sad that her efforts on a project did not seem to be appreciated. She had been doing a lot of work and she just did not feel that others were really seeing what she was doing.Continue reading “Heart-to-Heart Conversation”

May we be free of this: Tonglen Meditation

Freedom. Freedom from pain. Freedom from suffering. Freedom from that which no longer serves. Freedom from attachment. Freedom to be ourselves. Freedom to be. Can you guess what my “word of the year” might be?  I’ll give you three chances and only the first one is right… Yes, it is freedom. After seeing The Elephant Journal article about TonglenContinue reading “May we be free of this: Tonglen Meditation”

Moving On: Closing a 15-Year Chapter

Love knows no distance. – Walt of Shorebux Tucked back in a corner lot near the base of the Lesner Bridge is the best Starbucks I have ever had the pleasure of being a customer. This location first opened its doors in August of 1999. It has been serving handcrafted beverages for almost 16 years,Continue reading “Moving On: Closing a 15-Year Chapter”

Shadows of Death

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I shall fear no evil. – Psalm 23 In Buddhism, Shiva, the creator and the destroyer, represents the process of breaking down that needs to occur prior to being able to build back up. Nature is filled with examples of this idea of deathContinue reading “Shadows of Death”

Shedding My Skin: Pushing the Envelope

  May we exist like the lotus at ease in muddy water. -Buddha As a child, I knew I would one day go to college. Academics were very important to my parents. A’s and B’s were expected and exalted. Physical activities, like competitive sports, well, not so much. In fact, I learned to fear whatContinue reading “Shedding My Skin: Pushing the Envelope”

On Finding My Tribe

(Author’s note: As I prepare to publish this, “Lean of Me” is playing. How fitting!) It was a fateful weekend that brought the eight of us together. Initially it seemed like an innocent gathering of souls. The initial seeds were planted when all came together under one roof to celebrate Thanksgiving on 11.27.2014. Little did weContinue reading “On Finding My Tribe”

Why can tattoos be so damn sexy?

Artwork is artwork regardless of the medium. The skin is our largest organ and it can be a fantastic (or tragic) canvas for artistic self-expression for both the tattoo artist and the bearer. Tattoos are art in motion. They move with us. Tattoos can have the ability to move our spirit and our emotions, too.Continue reading “Why can tattoos be so damn sexy?”

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