Gratitude

      Messenger by Mary Oliver My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird— equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no...

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About to Burst?

I hope this spring finds you well, dear Reader. Perhaps you've also had a tough transition from winter to spring. For me it's felt like one ass-kicking after another, yet it's also been a season of digging in for the inner resources I've needed (and still need) to...

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Reflection on Change

I remember having a revelation when I was 19 that's stayed with me ever since: "The only constant thing in life (and death) is change." Why then do we resist change so much when it's the one thing we can reliably count on to always be there for us? Why do we choose...

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Our Bodies, Our Stories

As a kid in the steamy summers of the deep South, the bug spray man would occasionally come around in his big army green truck spewing out poisons in wafts of thick cloud-like smoke. My brothers and I would yell, "Bug spray man!" and dash out to play in the fumes. As...

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Writing Stories Helps Veterans Heal

It’s no secret that writing and other forms of art can be therapeutic. That certainly has been true for me since adolescence. Where and who would I be if all the memories, dreams, and stories still lived untold and bottled up inside me? And there are many more stories...

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The Unbroken by Rashani Réa

The Unbroken by Rashani Réa There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable. There is a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a hollow...

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Weaving a Valentine Story

Valentine’s Day eve held a warm glow of creation and anticipation as I crafted my newsletter from Healing Stories. It was a joy to rebirth this monthly offering which, for me, is a renewed contemplative practice as I hold the reader in my mind’s eye and heart. To...

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How Does Politics Affect Your Story?

In the midst of a rancorous and divisive political climate here in the United States, how does your personal story relate to the greater collective conversation and the storytelling that takes place within our society? If you're a parent, what type of narrative do you...

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