Judgement: Would all the Perfect People Please Stand Up

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“Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold. Proverbs 11:27”   I dislike judgment. A whole hell of a lot. Especially, when I'm judging others from my own high and mighty horse or on the receiving end myself. Judging is such a well-ingrained response that most of us hardly [...]

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Every Transition has its Time: A Smudging Ritual for Year End Cleansing.

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    That moment when everything that came before it is much different from all that comes after it.  You know, all those insignificant puny moments strung together that make up a life.  Every day we wake up a different person.  A different frame of mind, different energy, and biologically our body has changed, that's [...]

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Fear of the Dark: And other Benign Forms of Getting Lost.

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What I thought was an end turned out to be middle. What I thought was a brick wall turned out to be a tunnel. What I thought was an injustice turned out to be a color of the sky.- T. Hoagland I was supposed to be writing, that means working on my book– except I was busy [...]

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Gratitude is a Prayer: Giving thanks for all that is broken.

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  The air turned today and the winds picked up.  Our sweet dogs are snuggled in a thrift store quilt with me, stretched out on the chaise where I often sit to write with a view of our back yard. I watch leaves twirl and dance with the gusts and the trees bow and bend to meet one [...]

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A Leap of Faith: My Big Ask is all about Giving.

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This post is about a leap of faith, giving and asking. Thank you Amanda “Fucking” Palmer and Brene Brown for making ASK-ing and vulnerability less scary, even when we aren't asking [only] for ourselves. I'm not going to lie, ASK-ing is scary, that's one of the reasons I chose that word for 2015. This is [...]

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Learning how to save your own life: Side notes on how to be truly alive.

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This post isn’t about c*ancer because quite frankly a lot of us living with c*ancer get really damn sick and tired of talking about it. Many of us refuse to give c*ancer any power, except when absolutely necessary on chemo days.  Sometimes, our lives change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. [...]

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How to show up naked in the world: It’s only hair.

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Life has a way of picking us up and dropping us down at unknown destinations. That's what life feels like for me some days, like I've been dumped off in a strange place surrounded by nothing that I recognize. Although I have the navigation path to live with this c*ancer detour all mapped out, things happen [...]

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Love and Forgiveness: Writing your own truth because they should know better.

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  “Trust me, I'm telling you stories. ... I can change the story. I am the story.” ? Jeanette Winterson My personal information, family and spirituality are very sacred to me.   Protecting my stories became ingrained childhood survival tools, and well, because I always knew the stories didn't just belong to me. This need has [...]

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Universal Myth: C*ancer is a gift meant to make us better people.

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I've just finished reading Tom Brokaw’s book part memoir part cancer chronicle. We share similar attitudes toward living with c*ancer, and in the final chapter he says he doesn’t know if living with cancer made him a better person.  He believes that epiphany is for others to judge. He says he still feels lucky and blessed. [...]

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Avoiding Social Vampires: A View from Life in the Doughnut Aisle.

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  I recognized her as she exited the produce isle. I was sure she saw me too.  A negative and nasty former corporate acquaintance, the type of person I call “low frequency”. My previous interactions with her confirmed that she reveled in opportunities to be mean.  I had witnessed her with others. On top of [...]

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