Honoring the queen of sticky notes

What a difference 12 weeks can make! That’s how long it takes to make it through the Artist’s Way, recover your creativity and make powerful changes in your life. At least that’s what happened in our group, thanks to Marlene Pelligrino, our facilitator and companion on  the Artist’s Way. It couldn’t have been easy to…

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How to Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Understanding is love’s other name,” Thich Nhat Hanh teaches in his latest meditation, How To Love. He makes one of life’s great challenges so simple. And so beautiful, as summarized by Maria Popova in her weekly “interestingness digest,” BrainPickings. “To know how to love someone, we have to understand them. To…

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One small step for a duck

This is my “vision board,” a map of sorts, created after nine weeks of doing The Artist’s Way. It’s actually the second one I made. The first tried to say so much about my dreams, it wound up saying nothing. That’s what makes this a great example of how the creative process works, at least…

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Chaos vs. order

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. Thanks PearI Buck: I couldn’t agree more. Order clears my mind, calms my soul,  and pleases my eye. Unfortunately, the forces of chaos are powerful. There’s even a word for it: entropy, which means that systems tend toward disorder. I live with three people…

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Autism is not a disease

No one showed up for this boy’s birthday. I get it. He’s autistic. I can just hear the teachers talking about his “social skills deficits,” parents whispering that he’s “out of control,” and kids calling him “weird.” I know because that’s how it was with my son. Although Ben didn’t have…

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Moving sloooowly

I know that Continuum Movement has been a healing practice for my friend Susan Fowler. But I didn’t know why until last weekend, when I finally took a class with her. Before I explain, let me set the stage. You drive through the countryside, arrive at a beautiful, renovated  old school, and enter a world…

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