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A Cup of Grapes

A Cup of Grapes

A few days ago I was talking on the phone to my sister and we were telling each other how we were passing the time in quarantine and how we were feeling. While I told her that I had projects to work on and writing to do and I was mostly okay, I walked into the...

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On Retreat

On Retreat

How’s your retreat going? I once attended a silent 3 day Sufi retreat. Not speaking for 3 days in a row was enough to really scare me. What if I needed something and couldn’t ask for it? What if I got lonely and no one would talk to me? What if I got bored? What if I...

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When Fear Runs the Show

When Fear Runs the Show

As I sat down this morning to write my weekly blog, I thought for a moment if there was something besides the pandemic to write about, but there really isn't. It’s all pervasive so I decided to look at the situation with some mental discipline and figure out how to...

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Mental Healing

Mental Healing

I visited with a dear friend yesterday who was on her way to give a lecture on mental health. When I scanned the 114 blogs I’ve written, I saw that several of them were dedicated to physical healing. Healing the body is pretty straight forward. It takes time,...

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Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

It’s a musty time in the city, the country and all over the world. The air seems clogged up and stuffy, like there isn't enough oxygen to go around. There’s just so much going on that feels stuck, scary and next to impossible to maneuver. For starters, there’s the...

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Snap Out of It

Snap Out of It

I try to be kind to myself when I’m dwelling on something emotional that I can't seem to chase away. You know the feeling, when you keep repeating something over and over in your brain, it keeps hurting you, and you can't make it stop. It’s like getting a tune stuck...

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READ THE F—ING MANUAL

READ THE F—ING MANUAL

I’ve lived in my current home for more than a couple of decades and I’ve always voted at the same polling place that’s around the corner from my house. It feels familiar as I take the short drive there whenever there’s an election and I see the same volunteers and...

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THE MIND: FRIEND OR FOE?

THE MIND: FRIEND OR FOE?

Your mind can be a powerful and splendid ally. It can be a motivator, a meticulous planner and a supreme puzzle solver. It can open you up to magical worlds and beauty you never imagined, but it's not necessarily your friend. Bestselling author and writing teacher...

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Reliving the Past

Reliving the Past

I had a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with a woman I hadn’t seen for fifty years. That sounds like a lifetime and in some cases it is. But when I saw Robin after such a long time, she was the same vivacious, vital person she had been in her teens, when we were in...

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Do I Matter?

Do I Matter?

I’ve had the privilege of editing two books for John Densmore, the implacable drummer for the Doors who cares deeply about the planet and the people in it. The first book was called “The Doors Unhinged” about John’s efforts to maintain the dignity of the music they...

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