there is still good in the world.

I hate days like today. I hate when the world spins off its axis and we all stand stunned, staring at our televisions or computer screens, holding our breath as bad news comes in, feeling equally numb and raw, feeling helpless and worried. I hate when tragedy strikes...

creating goodness: art for sandy hook

I have been shielding myself from TV news for days now. While I’ve read several stories and talked with friends and family about Friday’s travesty in Sandy Hook, I cannot bring myself to watch the footage, to hear the interviews, to process the facts (and...

mouthing off: how my retainer held me back

On Monday night, I bit into a pear and everything changed. I heard and felt it right away. A snap. A ping. An ouch. Something had gone wrong with the “permanent” retainer that had kept my lower front teeth in place since age 13. Yep, for all these years,...

Free Printable: The Bravest Thing

  I originally created this when Michele Rosenthal of HealMyPTSD.com asked me to create a bonus gift for early supporters of her recent memoir, Before The World Intruded. I was happy to do it, since she’s become a beacon of light for many who’ve...

Surgery Ahead: Everything Will Be OK

Last fall, we learned Ryder needs to have surgery. The news felt like a stab to the heart – not just because it was unexpected and worrisome, but because this operation is to fix an issue stemming from his birth. HIS BIRTH, people. Many of you know my precious...

Something For The Pain

Cactus Heart, found by my Aunt June on her Texas ranch last week I’ve long loved the idea that we connect most deeply with others when we meet in our broken places, admitting we’ve all got cracks and dents: shattered dreams, broken hearts, wounded spirits,...