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I have never ever minded any of the birthdays I've had in my life.  I have truly enjoyed all of my "ages."  Each year has brought incredible gifts, experiences, and memories.  That said, I confess this year feels different. (Interesting.  My fingers accidentally started typing "fears" instead of "feels."  Talk about a Freudian slip!!) In this culture, women are usually disinclined to mention their age, and for good reason.  Women in the latter half of a century are most definitely undervalued and, quite often, disrespected.  If a woman tends to not "age gracefully" -- i.e., if she puts on a few …
  "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Lately this Shakespearean quotation has been popping into my mind quite regularly.  Maybe it's because since coming to Mt. Shasta, my imaginal boundaries have stretched considerably.  Things I didn't quite believe or understand before I have no problem accepting now. I remember, for instance, at a gathering two years ago, hearing a woman introduce herself in a certain rather unbelievable way.  I thought, "Oh boy, that's too woo-woo even for me!"  (Later I felt bad because I realized she was telepathic and probably heard my thoughts.)  Within a few months, I had …
Since 2011, I have had mostly non-traditional jobs (almost all of which were part-time) or I've been self-employed.  During this time I've also traveled a lot, however mostly it's been to and from one of my homes out west and Pennsylvania, where I either visited my family and friends or cared for my ailing parents. (To clarify, I've lived in quite a few homes over the last couple decades, but I haven't owned any of them and I certainly never had more than one residence at a time!) I would say that people have fallen into two camps with regard to my …
Two days ago I had the joy of revisiting a special time in my life. I had written about this for my good friend, Phila Hoopes, who has just created a wonderful new website about tips for surviving these challenging times. The site is a place where all of us can contribute stories to inspire one another when the going gets tough. http://www.survivorshaven.com/    Phila says, "On this site, we gather to affirm: your story matters. Your tools, your practices, your wisdom matter. That 'something in your soul' is recognized and welcomed and honored here." Anyway, I had trouble deciding what …
Another mass shooting. Another unnecessary loss of life--of young people’s lives, no less. Another great trauma. Another outpouring of outrage and grief. When children die, our hackles are raised. Our protective instincts come full force to the fore. We are like a mama bear and our rage is enormous. What can we do? Who can we blame? We seem to need to blame someone. It makes sense that we want to try to discover what caused the tragedy and what we can do to prevent more of them. This pointing of fingers is an understandable human reaction. Could it be that we also …
Last year I was given the blessing of a trip to Brazil. I went expecting to stay for only two weeks but near the end of week number two, I was invited to stay longer (room and board covered.) I accepted! Although it wasn’t a piece of cake living in a foreign country and not knowing the language, I experienced a lot of beauty and power. My soul was profoundly touched and I came home changed. I spent my first week in Abadiania, having felt called to experience the phenomenon of the healer known as John of …