The Shame Revolution

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The Shame Revolution Writers (and everybody else) needs to know about this!. I recently was blown away by the work of two people both, oddly enough, named Brown. Bryan Brown wrote Soul Without Shame and Brené Brown wrote I Thought It was Only Meboth remarkably eloquent treatises on how an Inner Judge,

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Posted on November 21st 2017 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

How to Get a Story Out of Your Head and Onto the Page

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I know from your letters to me that many of you, in your heart of hearts, fantasize about writing a novel. So, I’d like to use my own wacky path to authordom, to inspire you to write that novel or to pursue whatever other passionate dream you’ve got.  I know for a fact that it’s

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Posted on November 13th 2017 in Novels, The Philosopher’s Teacup

They’re Shooting at Our Regiment Now

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They’re shooting at our regiment now.” I read the quote above and put down the New York Times, the gallows humor too profound to ignore. The article by Mark Epstein was quoting a friend whose contemporaries were dying. Mine are, too. At an alarming rate. My Christmas card list this year showed a disturbing number

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Posted on July 11th 2014 in Death, Life, Politics

Happy Father’s Day

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There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about and miss my father. Perhaps it was the kindness that was so much his hallmark… perhaps it was his endless patience and his willingness to drop whatever he was doing to listen, to care, to act. “Want to read me a book, Papa?”

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Posted on June 7th 2014 in Family, Poetry

A True Story About Motherhood from the Past

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Bronwyn at three and a half was already a Montessori scholar. Daily she trudged to an enlightened classroom where a teacher who genuinely liked children taught her how to scrub her desk with soapsuds, mess it up with fingerpaint and repeat the process. She was understandably enthralled. So much so, that Cee Cee at 2½

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Family, Women

A Few Thoughts on Mother’s Day

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I had a very hard time with my Mother, her words mostly wounding, her anger terrifying. It was my father’s kind and loving heart that saved my childhood and my spirit. So when Mother’s Day comes round a tug of war ensues. I feel my heart segue-ing not to  memories of my own childhood but

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Family, Life, Love, Sorrow, Women

Living at the Speed of Light

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Remember when the speed of life and the speed of light were not identical?  Remember screened-in porches meant for sitting and talking or just thinking long thoughts about life?  Remember garden swings, sweet summer afternoons wandering a meadow, picking apples in the fall, a Christmas tree you’d trekked through snow to find and then helped

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Posted on April 26th 2014 in Life

Timing is Everything

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Do the people you love own certain times of your day – stalwart custodians of some magical clock? I never meet a day or a coffee pot without remembering the sound of my father’s voice in the early morning.  I see him standing by the coffee pot, his greeting optimistic as dawn, cup in hand

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Posted on April 12th 2014 in Death, Life

Chinese Sexual Secrets So Secret, Nobody Knows They’re There

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Western women never reach higher than the 5th level of orgasm,” my Chinese Medicine teacher told me.  As he was both a Master Martial Artist and an MD as well as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I thought I’d better pay attention.  “In China, the ninth level would be considered minimal expectation.  One thousand strokes

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Posted on March 28th 2014 in Health, Life, Love, Martial Arts, Women

The Insecurity List

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It all started with a cocktail party conversation about the surprises Middle Age throws at you (hot flashes?  Seriously?) and what to do about them – but it ended in everybody glumly deciding a facelift might be the only hope for a happy future after middle age sets in.  Nobody admitted to having had any

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Posted on March 21st 2014 in Beauty, Women

A Shared History

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Shared history has immense power.  I didn’t know how much until my divorce.  It wasn’t only my future dreams that vanished with my husband, but the comfort of shared history that had been far more a source of strength for me than I’d realized.  We were the same age, so we shared the same jargon,

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Posted on March 14th 2014 in Life, Love

The Zany Tale of How I Became an Astrologer

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When I was about to get married for the first time, about a thousand years ago, a friend gave me an engagement gift of a reading with a famous astrologer for me and my fiancé. When I got to the astrologer’s house for my reading, I could see she was a tough old bird and

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Posted on February 21st 2014 in Astrology, Metaphysics

Now My Hair Needs a Plastic Surgeon, Too? You’ve Got to Be Kidding

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I admit it.  I loved my hair.  All those wild red Irish tresses were as much my signature as the freckles that went with them.  By age 30 I knew I’d never let my hair go grey, red was too much part of me. What I didn’t know then was that color would be the

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Posted on February 14th 2014 in Beauty, Health, Life, Women

Garden Magic and Valentine Soup

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As the first spring planting catalogs are hitting my mailbox (which is currently knee deep in snow)  it occurs to me that for those of us dreaming ahead as we browse the hopeful seeds and bulbs to come, it might be fun to know of the lovely magical  garden folklore that’s rooted in  mystical cultures 

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Posted on February 7th 2014 in Health, Medicine, Metaphysics

GMO. OMG.

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Many years ago, a brilliant metaphysician/herbalist admonished me never to eat anything God hadn’t made.  Our bodies, she said, and the planet with all its bounty, had grown out of the same beneficent Source and were therefore genetically programmed to work perfectly together both to protect health and to heal or repair when needed.  Whether

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Posted on January 17th 2014 in Health
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