Archive for the 'Journal' Category

Naming

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Sometimes it helps to name my inner state. So here goes. I’m lonesome. Restless. Edgy. Feeling isolated, weighed down, slothful. Muffled. Not really engaged by anything. Or rather, not able to settle in and get absorbed by tasks. Avoidant of things I want to do, like writing or making art. Avoidant of things that need […]

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On Staying or Leaving Abusive Relationships

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

These are excerpts from a powerful essay about domestic abuse. How many times did I find myself on his bathroom floor cowering beneath him, feeling the hot spit land on me as he screamed? Stop crying like a baby. You’re crazy. No one else would put up with you. … How many times did I […]

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The Reason I Love to Bake

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

There is another reason for the priority of pastry: pastry chefs are the only ones in the kitchen who are alchemists by necessity. Where the rotisseur or the man with the sauté pan does his best work when he does least, it is in the nature of pastry-making that you begin with ingredients that don’t […]

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The Privilege

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

She lies on her side curled into a C, tucked under a fuzzy blanket. Her body radiates fever; her wan face sports bright red patches. She moans every so often. She sipped a little tomato soup. Her head aches. It hurts to chew. A whine slips out. Everything hurts, sleep won’t come. “Please come sit […]

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Advent Ideas Focused on Kindness

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” –Edith Wharton Advent is approaching! (Yes, I know I’m thinking way ahead.) Every year I put special activities (written on slips of paper) in our calendar pockets for us to do each day. This year, we’re going to […]

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Reverence

Friday, October 17th, 2014

What is real for me in this moment: life feels bittersweet. It’s October again. Soon it’s Christmas. It’s “Where did the time go?” Then it’s a new year, and the school year ends, and summer vacation evaporates, school begins again, and then: another new year. Life is like this, every year. I recognize this, every […]

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A Hot Tomato

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

SoulCollage® Committee Suit: Hot Tomato I am one who is juicy and curvy and full of life. I am sweet and tangy. I am tempting. I am the dame they call a Hot Tomato. What is your gift or message for me? Be in the fullness of your body. Take up space. Tomatoes go with […]

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Lying and Defiance in Children

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The topic of defiance has popped up in my life in several places recently, and so today I share some reflections on it. When I did my practicum as a therapist in training, I worked at a private mental hospital. In my work with children, they would sometimes describe a home life that sounded unreal, […]

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Grow Anywhere

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

I just had a good laugh at myself. I was out doing the Sisyphean task of pulling grass shoots showing up where they don’t belong. I heard a sudden hiss and LEAPED up. It was the water system turning on (Hub’s in charge of the timer, and it’s a new system). Good to know my […]

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A Love Letter to My Daughter

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Today is my daughter’s seventh birthday. Dear Claire, Happy birthday to you! Now you are seven, and you are becoming such an interesting person! I am writing this to you, and sharing it with the world, as a way to honor who you are. Like me, you are gifted with curiosity, intensity, creativity, and emotional […]

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