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Rogue Mama

Withdrawing my nomination I have been thinking a lot about mothering recently.  Actually, I’ve been thinking about my role as a mother.  I have been coming face to face with some of my defensive soldiers/insecurities lately; not the least…

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Battle Royale: Wisdom vs. Comfort

A Military Coup I make the choice daily to be the Queen of “my castle” aka my feelings, my heart and my mind.  It requires great effort because there are lots of defensive soldiers who guard my castle.  I…

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My Little Girl Army

The tears of little girls No longer stream down my face; My wrinkles absorb them They dissolve without a trace. Once audible sobs Are now stifled in my chest By lungs which squelch them With mindful, controlled breaths. Their…

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Touch My Hair, Please

I often find myself in what some consider to be strange places.  “Strange” as in places they’ve never heard of before.  The truth is I have often never heard of the places I visit either until I find myself…

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Gypsy

As I prepare to leave my newfound home of one month for my next destination, I reflect upon the numerous and overwhelming gifts I have received here in Altea on the Costa Blanca of Spain: The surreal cerulean blue…

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Joys of Aging

Part 1:  Slipping into my Senior Years in Vans™ aka “On the Road to I Don’t Give a Fuck”[1] April 8, 2015 I find myself here at the precipice of late middle age (44), where I am at moments,…

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Invasive Species

Life is all around us.  Mother Nature shows us her dominion over us – Every. Single. Day. She gives us reasons to be grateful to her – Every. Single. Day.  And we, her spoiled brats continually take, take and…

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Lars and the Ladyboy

“STOP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND DO SOMETHING!” This phrase was yelled at me a few weeks ago as I traveled on a ferry which transports vehicles and their respective people between three ports in Southern Thailand.  Not insignificantly,…

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Unchained

When we say we are Victims of circumstance; We are but children Afraid of consequence. When we think and feel It’s someone else’s fault; We feed our guilt And fear of getting caught. When we stop trying To accuse…

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Mama Nature

The greater-racket tailed drongo sits on a crisscross of what were once-upon-a-time most likely painstakingly placed electrical wires.  I say painstakingly because I’ve had the honor of observing Thai and Burmese laborers working with Zen-like focus on almost a…

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Serendipity

What are the odds… Of all the places I could be And you could be too; That I’d be me And you’d be you? And that we’d be here now, Right where we are – Out of all of…

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Fear + A Beach Wolf = A Lesson in Compassion

Fear is the great equalizer.  The indiscriminate disease of fear can strike any economic group, race, gender or age.  Fear blinds us to the real issues at hand and seeks to subversively bind us to that which it has…

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Growing Pains

We see We breathe We are living We live We laugh We are looking We look We seek We are searching We search We find We are loving We love We give We are binding We bind We choke…

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Potential and Self-forgiveness

The concept of not living up to one’s potential is the malignant foundation of a lifelong, self-destructive, cancer-like belief structure. This terminal theory has probably broken more spirits and relationships than any other in modern-day society.  We start the…

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Kindness Is Not Weakness So Don’t Get It Twisted

Some people mistake kindness for weakness; this miscalculation can be a deadly fallacy in the animal kingdom.  Why have we been conditioned to look upon those who are kind, compassionate and vulnerable as weak?  It could not be further…

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About a Broken Box, Compassion and Charity

I originally wrote this on November 15, 2015, the day after there had been a terrorist attack in Paris.  There have been other similar attacks in France and elsewhere in the world since the time I originally wrote this and…

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Breathing Is Doing Something

Second full day of Vipassana (silent meditation retreat) Wat Suan Mokkh, Chaiya, Surat Thani, Thailand I arrive at the post lunch sitting meditation session in the main meditation hall a few minutes early although in absence of a clock…

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Tickle My Soul

Tickle my soul Make me laugh from the inside out Be the heart of my heart Leave no room for doubt Of how much you accept and love Every version of yourself The only commitment required Is to maintain…

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And Sometimes

And sometimes I feel like “And sometimes” is the only way To begin the expression of new thought. After one has discarded previous ways of thinking And has opened the channels to new shit, “And sometimes” clears the way…

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Bruise My Heart

Love my heart Until it expands and grows wings So that I may find myself floating And dangling puppet-like from your string Bruise my heart Until my blood rises, boils and thins Until the black and blue Is both…