Recently, I gave myself my birthday present, 6 days at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO. My intention during this mostly silent time was to explore kindness. I looked for ways to deepen it within me and to bring more of it to the world. This short story got me thinking: Come with me to […]


As many of you know I do not believe in “coincidence”. Instead, I choose to see “synchronicity” – or as Albert Einstein once said – ‘God’s way of remaining anonymous’. Several times over the past week I have encountered the poem I am sharing below. Many will recognize it as ‘that cool poster we hung […]

The 10 Commandments of Self-­‐Care

I was so pleased to receive this message from our daughter, Antea, who got it from her friend Carrie who got it from…. (You get the point). It warms my heart and gives a sense of possibility to see that the “next generation” is willing to recognize some fundamental truths about life and to share […]

The Fairy’s New Year Gift, by Emillie Poulsson (adapted)

Two little boys were at play one day when a Fairy suddenly appeared before them and said: “I have been sent to give you New Year presents.” She handed to each child a package, and in an instant was gone. Carl and Philip opened the packages and found in them, two beautiful books, with pages […]

Sand and Stone

I came upon this parable recently and have done my best to bring its wisdom into my life. I invite you to do the same: A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the […]

Are Kids For Real?

May this message find you well. So it has been quite an interesting month thus far for those of us who live in the northeast….lots of changing weather. This got me to thinking about change, and one in particular that I believe will have a dramatic positive effect on our world. This modern-day parable says […]

Three Roses

Ok, this story is about the kindness of strangers’ and it’s a little long. Please wait until you have a few minutes to read it the entire way thru, ok? I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn’t hungry. The pain of losing my husband of 57 years was […]

How do you Live Love?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds. “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think… When my grandma got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandpa […]

Heal Yourself

This story reminds me that true healing comes from the self, not others. Once a man was walking through a forest thinking about his tendency to always feel angry. “I just don’t want to be angry anymore,” he kept thinking to himself. Deeper into the forest, he saw the wise sage of the forest standing […]

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all. One is Fear. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-­‐pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Love. […]