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For Here, Please | Bring Out Your Dead: A Simple Ritual for You

October 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

I find this a simple and brilliant combo, one we can take a cue from as we turn our awareness to ghosts, saints, or souls in these last days of October and first days of November. Whether we celebrate the Day of the Dead, Samhain, All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve. The combo is this: being mindful of death and being fully alive. And that combo is your FHP activity for this week, should you choose to accept it. [...]

Taste Your Life : Bread, Wine, Chocolate

December 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Maybe I just needed the words close to me. Bread. Wine. Chocolate. Slow. Loss. Food. Love. All words that speak to my heart. Words that I dance and sometimes wrestle with in [...]

Personal Essay | My Hip Is Not Edgy

September 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Most of all, this is about playful attention, and how it can bring us back to ourselves. And we’ll get there. First, a confession. The last few weeks I’ve been cruel to [...]

The Lion, the Wild, and the Woman

August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I was little, one of my favorite stories was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I enjoyed all of the creatures in it—humans and forest animals and [...]

This Is a Safe Place | For Here, Please

June 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

Two weeks ago, during a massage that felt about four years overdue, I voiced a struggle to let go of tension. Lori, the gifted massage therapist tending to me, said something [...]

You Don’t Get To Be The Loser | For Here, Please

February 23, 2015 // 7 Comments

What would happen if I don’t have to be the failure, loser, dog? What if pleasing other people doesn’t actually meet my own needs? What if it doesn’t matter what they all think? What if the only thing that matters is what I know, in my heart? [...]
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