16. Improv

The frontal cortex is required for the mastery of practical skills. It’s the thinking and planning part of the brain that criticizes and frets about mistakes and perfection.  The inner critic pushes for better and always more. It envisions potential and maps a route. It’s an effective coach and motivator. Read More …

15. what do you do?

“What do you do all day when we are at school?” My son asked me. A pageant of vignettes marched before me. Days before he told his friends that I don’t work.  He really means I stay home to work, I reasoned, or did he?  It’s thorny to discern from Read More …

14. an unnatural

“This is impossible.” I thought as I stepped up to a climbing wall for the first time. That unworkable wall, in hindsight, was an un-challenging ladder. The excess of holds that littered it should have made it ridiculous not to make it to the top. I didn’t make it to Read More …

13. a hundred dollars

My kids’ teeth began rotting out of their mouth when we lived in Costa Rica.  Every time we went to the dentist they had more than one cavity or, even better, a new brand-spangled unfamiliar dirty-tooth syndrome. I shook with exasperation as the dentist handed me another bill. We were Read More …

12. consistency

About 8 years ago, I was an out of shape a mother of a 1 and 4-year-old too dedicated to my job and family to give time to my health. Tired of myself, I decided that I wanted to improve my fitness and my mood. Coming back from a good work Read More …

11. say equals do

I’m tired of our culture that prioritizes the right message, regardless of action. Pro-message politics have fundamentally shaken our trust.  Words manipulated to appease or influence now, only to be thrown away later, are an insult to communication. As a result, no action and no follow up takes its toll Read More …

10. whiny doubt

Some days, I’m sure I’ve done the wrong thing. No, everything is a sightless, selfish, blunder. “It isn’t fair because I think so hard.” The homeless, unloved, orphan moans from within. I ponder until my brain is squeezed so tight it aches. I weigh options until it all scales the Read More …

9. Heartbreak

Tentative words are misunderstood.  Love slips away with impermanence.  Friends and loved ones move towards their own dreams and away. In the end, alone. Sometimes I think there can’t be anyone in the world who feels more alone than me; not “quite right” or lovable. I want to hope for Read More …

8. purpose in now

 Goals enjoy a tense rivalry with the power of now’s philosophy. A true grounding in now is sweet solace and a beautiful unfolding of yourself blanketed in time. It activates the senses and settles you in peace. Yes, life is good.  Just living here on this earth is a sweet Read More …

7. My favorite things

My kids. Their giggles, curiosity, learning, sense of humor and will. Their potential as they learn themselves.   My husband’s kindness, compassion and consistent support. A vacation to a new some place; walks in new urban streets, hikes up new forested peaks, or lounging on a turquoise shore. A time Read More …