Take your biggest smallest step toward well-being

Take your biggest smallest step toward well-being

I have one of those electric toothbrushes that gives you a signal after you have brushed for 2 minutes. These days, my PCA holds onto my elbow and hand while I brush. I can still steer the toothbrush, but she is there adding strength to my arm and grip. As with many...

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Crafting Well-Being

Crafting Well-Being

As I get ready for hosting a table at the Rosemount Writers Festival, I am conscious that I am – in some ways – packaging myself. Who am I as a writer, artist, and person with chronic illness and disability? These days, people talk about branding. I fear that is a...

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What promise will add healing to my life?

What promise will add healing to my life?

Living into my kind promises (and contemplating writing a new book), I discovered that several of my promises seem to say the same thing. There are shades of difference, but they are very similar. Consider this: I will surrender patiently. I will open to each moment....

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No more striving

No more striving

Surrender is not a popular notion in our hard-charging, get-it-done culture. It came into my vocabulary when I began practicing the 12 steps. Step three is traditionally written “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood...

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My legislative priorities #WhyIMarch

My legislative priorities #WhyIMarch

Yesterday, I sent postcards to my state and federal Senators and Representatives as part of https://www.womensmarch.com/100. I told them: "I want to live in an America where: -We use renewable energy, have clean air and water and preserve natural wonders. (I grew up...

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Meditation, therapy, forgiveness and the smell of onions

Meditation, therapy, forgiveness and the smell of onions

Why even have a kind promise about forgiveness? Forgiveness is about letting go of the stories. The stories about what you did or who you are, what I did or who I am that mean we cannot imagine ourselves enough and we cannot risk opening to each other. This is not...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and summarize my discoveries in a monthly newsletter.

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