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Welcome to my blog, which is an eclectic blog combining personal and “professional” ponderings about life, art, spirituality, and wellness.  It may also include musings about any other subject that seems interesting to me, so let the reader beware–some of these musings may be quite random.  Please read along and share your thoughts as you feel inspired.


The Broken Girl

June 19, 2010

Yesterday I was in a resale shop, where I often find books and art supplies at a great price.  I was pleased to find a wooden CD tower that would hold the small objects used in my sand tray.  It wasn’t particularly heavy, but it was tall and awkward and I only managed with some […] Read More...

Sweet Moon Language

March 28, 2016

A dear client gifted me with a beautiful volume of poetry and I now have the habit of reaching for this small book every morning. It’s called Love Poems from God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, and it contains poetry from “Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West”. There is poetry by Rumi, St. Francis, […] Read More...

Light Knows When We Are Looking

March 8, 2016

“Light knows when we are looking”—James Turrell, artist Last night I attended a celebration of St. Brigid at the Quaker Meeting House in the Heights. This simply-constructed building offers up its open invitation to light, and to all those who seek the light, to linger and take in the beauty. We are lucky to have […] Read More...

Commuter Calm

July 8, 2009

I heard that London commuter trains have begun to encourage some of their drivers to conclude their standard announcements with short philosophical comments.  The transportation system has supplied them with handbooks containing famous quotes, as well as training in how to select the best quote for the situation.  Research has demonstrated that people tune out […] Read More...

The Gods of Guitar be Praised!

June 25, 2009

“The gods of guitar be praised!”  With these words the announcer of our local PBS station introduced the centerpiece of last night’s fundraising appeal—the 2007 performance of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood together at Madison Square Garden.  I have seen many of the great musical performances featured in these appeals, most of them classics and […] Read More...

Swift Compliance

June 1, 2009

This week I received an email from a physician’s office requesting records on a mutual patient.  This is standard practice and as long as the patient/client signs a release form specifically authorizing it, the information is provided.  What surprised me about this request was its language.  It began innocently enough, establishing that we shared a […] Read More...

One Thousand Cranes

May 18, 2009

  We visited Hiroshima on our trip to Japan earlier this year.  The museum there is now dedicated to world peace and contains several monuments and displays.  I snapped this photo of origami cranes made by school children in honor of Sadako Sasaki.  Sadako was a child of two when the bomb hit Hiroshima.  She […] Read More...

Less Bark, More Wag

May 8, 2009

I’m not one to display bumper stickers, finding them to be more self-revealing that I can comfortably be.  But like all therapists, I love reading them, and often sneak a peek into passing cars to see what type of person holds the point of view reflected in their choice of bumper sticker.  This week I […] Read More...

The Slow Club

April 26, 2009

Today in church we celebrated Creation Sunday, which coincides in our church calendar with the nearest Sunday to Earth Day.  Spring in Houston is one of the loveliest times of the year, so it was easy to feel connected and worshipful.  The liturgy, readings and hymns all praised the beauty and bounty of our physical […] Read More...

Nervous Zen Master

April 13, 2009

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Japan, where we had the opportunity to meet with a Buddhist monk to learn the basics of Zen meditation.  Our group of 14 entered the temple quietly and I heard the by-now-familiar swooshing sound of bare feet on tatami mats.  Our local guide interpreted the monk’s opening remarks to […] Read More...

Retail Therapy

March 10, 2009

I went shoe-shopping on my lunch hour to that shrine of western excess, the DSW shoe warehouse. I was in search of a single, specific pair of shoes, but the dozens of neat rows I encountered stopped me in my tracks. Every aisle featured one-half of a pair, arrayed one after another, in long repetitive […] Read More...

Navigation

March 9, 2009

Last night I was driving to an evening meeting at the end of a busy day. I had planned to use the drive time to think about and plan the meeting, but because I was tired I decided simply to try to be present to myself during the drive, and not to turn on news […] Read More...

Lessons from Birds

March 5, 2009

This morning I got up early to enjoy the beautiful spring weather we get in Houston at this time of year. I was sipping my coffee when I heard a loud thud on the window behind me. I knew instantly that it was a bird. Although we’ve tried lots of things to prevent it, this […] Read More...

Coaxing Habits

March 2, 2009

This is an article I was asked to write for a professional journal dealing with bariatric surgery. I think it has broader application. Once you’ve had surgery, the rest is downhill, right? Not so fast! You’ve probably already discovered that making post-surgical lifestyle changes takes time and effort for several reasons. Developing a healthy lifestyle […] Read More...

Traveling Lightly

February 26, 2009

This weekend my husband and I are planning our upcoming trip to Japan. I’ve barely had time to book the trip, much less read the guide books and figure out what to pack. Despite being fairly well-traveled, I wouldn’t say that I’m a good traveler because I invariably overpack. Every time I travel I do […] Read More...

Voices from God

February 23, 2009

As part of my course in spiritual direction, each of the twenty-one people in the program was asked to give a brief presentation on a saint, either historical or contemporary. Our group is very diverse and the saints chosen reflected this diversity. As we listened to each others’ presentations in the small room where we […] Read More...


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