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That's not a thing...

"That's not a thing." These four words recently changed my life. 

It started when I needed to call for help after being locked out of the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah. My fob didn’t work, so I called Julie, a…

John Gorka and the Internal GPS

I am doing my best to transform my life in a way that honors my most authentic self. I feel alive, useful, and hopeful when I succeed at doing that. Sometimes I can’t find my way there, because I am…

Do you feel seen?

Is it more important to be loved or to be seen? What does it mean to really see someone?  How do we know that we are truly seen? How does it feel? Can we be loved without being seen?  

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It was supposed to snow...

The wind is finally kicking up, gusting and showing a hint of the storm I had imagined. Cars were supposed to be sidelined for the weekend. Errands that needed running were supposed to have to wait. Nagging thoughts were supposed…

Starting again with gratitude...

"Do the best you can with what you know, and when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou said that, and it is a way of thinking that rings true for me. It is a way to be kind to…

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An unexpected bit of healing...

An unfinished piece of my past showed up at my birthday concert and allowed a long ago broken piece of my heart to mend. I got to see a dear old friend who had hurt me badly when I was…

From puffy-eyed, day after the election me 

Today has been emotional and hard. I wonder how it has been for you. I wonder how we can all work together to heal  our broken country. I am ready to try...

I just went for a long walk in…

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Sarah's Woods (flash fiction)

Sarah comes here alone. She doesn’t remember exactly when this became her spot, but these woods comfort her like a grandmother. It’s the place where her heart relaxes enough to open up and play. Sarah’s feet crunch along the path.…

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Ode to the Night (flash fiction with Sarah)

The last of the day’s light glowed orange through the maple leaves. Sarah loved that tree. She had only known him for a spring and a summer, but she trusted him. She knew his faces, and his kind presence felt…

Joy and fear and the Hudson Valley

There is a place on the NY Thruway, between exits 18 and 19, where the road turns to the right and offers a first glimpse of the Catskill Mountains. Every time I see it, I feel my blood pressure going…

A lesson from a tree

Before I moved here, one of my new neighbors scared me. She told me that she wouldn't live on my side of the building, because she was afraid that the tree outside my new home had potential to break and…

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All Moved in!

Sometimes it feels like I live in a tree house! Sitting on my sofa, all I see looking out my windows are trees. My favorite one looks a bit scrappy from the ground, but up here, I can see his…