This is the longest pregnancy ever!” ~Uriel MacDonald, my maternal grandfather In the early 1970’s, my parents began the process that would eventually lead ME to THEM. From this experience, I always think of babies leading the charge; not the other way around. In my parents’ case, many adoption agencies wouldn’t even accept their application […]
I’m recognizing that one of the biggest components to birthdays at my daughter’s age is learning the hand pose to show the world your age. In my daughter’s case, no longer three; age four. It’s been many decades since I’ve needed this skill, so I’m cognizant… and often laughing about it. “Desi, high-four!” Age four […]
Hunger Strikes. Over this past weekend, as if my body received the “Seven Weeks Out” notice, I start to feel the familiar symptoms of leaning out… Sunday afternoon My daughter, Desiree and I open her bedroom window to greet “Dada”. Home early from work, my husband is in the garage unloading groceries from the trunk […]
When I was early school age, I had a school bus driver, “Tex”, who was very popular. He was funny, amicable, and light-hearted, but he had a way with girls…six-to-ten year-old girls. Not the pretty girls, mind you, but us shy girls. And I was one of them. Tex used to make Rachel (who was […]
The jack-o’-lantern originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could […]
“The imposition of physical reluctance upon the self”… gaman (我慢) is one of those Japanese words that doesn’t translate neatly into English. Deeply-ingrained in the Japanese culture from Zen-Buddhist virtues, gaman means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”…in silence. Keeping your private affairs, problems, and complaints silent demonstrates strength and politeness. The idea is you are are rising above poor behavior or difficult […]
When we are out of alignment with our purpose, we feel it in our bodies, our thoughts, and our life circumstances. Things do not manifest easily. But, don’t let this discourage you. See it as a signpost that would similarly instruct you to merge, take a detour, or…get a divorce.