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Garden Girls

It’s Saturday in mid-November and snow is coming. We just bought our cross-country ski equipment at the annual ski swap, raked up the last of the leaves, and unhinged the planters to store in our garden shed alongside pots, tarps, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrow. I circle in and out of the house, setting another load…

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Dancing with Fear / Courting Bravery

As a counselor, I’ve spent a lot of time discussing fear; helping clients accept it, “dance with it”, and come to a place of non-resistance. On countless occasions, I’ve witnessed the miracles that happen when any of us lays down the sword we’ve wielded against our fear. A vault of internal reserves opens when we…

Dear-Future-Self

Dear Future Self

Dear Future Self The children have grown up, and for all the worry and fear that you felt when they were small, they’ve turned out far better than you even hoped. In fact, you might now worry that perhaps, when they were young, you worried too much. Perhaps the years slipped by too quickly in…

The Full Moon Circle

There once were four women, all mothers, who lived high atop a canyon ridge in the Santa Monica mountain range. They lived there a long time before they ever met each other, since each had their lives and their children’s lives to manage and none of them had husbands to help. Their quiet little town…

Prayer of the Single Parent

Give me patience this day give me presence May I seek to do my best, letting go of all the rest and remember to give thanks for it all, even the mess Sometimes there are difficult days. Even when I think I have it all down- “I got this, I’ve acclimated myself to solo parenting”-…