IdentityFebruary 7th, 2016
tags: choices

From my journal 2/7/2016

As a woman raised in a patriarchal system I was taught to obey the authority of men who had a misunderstanding about Love. These men defined God in terms that established themself in a superior position. From this elevated and uninformed stance they judged the ...

FreedomOctober 22nd, 2015
tags: choices

The unspoken assumption is that the one with the words has the power to define the terms because they wield the tools and the skills with which to define. And the accompanying assumption, that everything is definable and controllable by words and concepts. Another has defined "reality" and I must ...

I Choose BetterApril 25th, 2015
tags: choices

I almost gave up. But I didn’t.

I hesitate to write about why, but I think it matters and it might serve another good.

Because, as I’ve moved forward with my hopes and goals, I’ve uncovered some truly self-sabotaging habits, ones that I wouldn’t have become aware of unless I’d ...

Emerson's EditorMarch 22nd, 2014
tags: choices

If a great tree stands among other great trees in a forest, does it make a noise?

I think it does, we just have to listen more closely. Megan Marshall has attuned our ears in her biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. As I read this story I found ...

Making MovesFebruary 15th, 2014
tags: choices

It was time to make a move, literally and figuratively. The idea had been inching up on me for a long time, but there was just so much other stuff in front of me, it was easy to put off.

I moved around so much growing up, no one place ...

The Fifth ChakraOctober 5th, 2013
tags: choices

The eye of the needle...the fifth chakra...the process of facing negative beliefs, conscious and unconscious, and allowing love to transform them...

Reading "The Mythic Image" by Joseph Campbell and the Kundalini Yoga book from my sister, I better understand what's at stake. This is the gateway, the clashing ...

Tend and BefriendFebruary 3rd, 2013
tags: choices

You’re late for your flight and a power-crazed TSA attendant pulls you aside for a lipgloss-nail-clipper-keychain baggage check. Are you more likely to verbally castrate him, or get intimidated and withdraw? Before you answer, read the following. Your answer could be “none of the above”.

The stress response standard for ...

GatekeepersSeptember 23rd, 2012
tags: choices

"Google." My favorite verb.

I'm a huge fan of access to, and exchange of, large quantities of information, and I know I'm not alone. It's estimated that nearly 80% of baby boomers - nearly 60 million - are online and spend more time there than any other group. Women boomers over ...

Courageous ActsJuly 28th, 2012
tags: choices

The most courageous acts are performed in solitude, without audience, without acknowledgement.

My most profoundly heroic moments are those moments when I'm called upon to face myself, in all honesty - to accept the truth of my humanity, limitations, fears, errors, ignorance and blemishes - then forgive this truth and rise up ...

Reference PointsJuly 15th, 2012
tags: choices

I use the term “reference points” because it helps me see them. They're the activities, beliefs and memories I return to over and over because of the importance and meaning they have in my life. I’ve had quite a collection - ideas about God, my daily jog, a favorite pair of ...

It Changed EverythingJune 10th, 2012
tags: choices

It’s been a while, but I still use it as a reference point. It’s the decision that changed everything.

Up until that moment I was ambivalent. I wanted more love in my life, but I was tired. I’d done everything I could imagine - had loved my daughters, had read all ...