What If…

“What if our religion was each other If our practice was our life If prayer, our words What if the temple was the Earth If forests were our church If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean What if meditation was our relationships If the teacher was life If wisdom was self-knowledge If love was the […]

We Can Do It

Understanding CLL

CLL. Three deadly letters of the alphabet that are stalking my family.  My sister was diagnosed with CLL about 12-13 years ago.  I have been wanting her to get a bone marrow transplant since she was first diagnosed, but Kaiser considers bone marrow transplants “experimental” and won’t cover the procedure.  I am a firm believer […]


The Recital

Every once in a while you come upon awesome originality that touches your heart and makes you laugh, because it is so true to life.  Nicole Belanger Smeltzer is one such creative genius. The Middlest Sister is a comic that she writes and illustrates, based on memories of growing up with four sisters. Each comic is painstakingly […]

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Thank you for not being normal with me

Outside The Box

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to look. Ever wish you could venture out of the “norm” by wantonly thinking outside the box? What are the “Yes, but’s” that create the mental walls of your box?  Once you begin to question your beliefs, […]


Not Egg-zactly Easy

I am going to make a little confession.  For the last seven years or so, I have given the same answer to that age old question man has been asking since the beginning of time, “What are you making for dinner?” My reply, and I still think it is a darn good one, has always […]


The 12 Commandments For Learning To Love Yourself

Louise Hay’s: 12 Commandments to help you learn how to love yourself. 1. Stop All Criticism. Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive. 2. Forgive Yourself. Let the […]

I Wish We Could Do The Good Times All Over Again

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that […]

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“M” Is For Motherhood

If you want to drive a car, you have to study a driver’s manual, and pass two tests, proving that you can be trusted to stay within painted white lines on the road while hurtling along at 70 miles an hour. To become a mother, you just have to be pregnant. When I braved the […]