The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak,Continue reading “The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.”

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All things grow with love, Part I and Part II

Preface to the Preface I planned to post this on 12.31.13 on my sister’s birthday; I wanted my family to read this first…thus the delay… – – – Preface I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so adjust the volume as needed… As a writer/artist and mother, I choose to openly express myContinue reading “All things grow with love, Part I and Part II”

Twinkle Twinkle

As a new mom, three years ago, I didn’t have a pre-existing catalogue of songs stored in the library of my mind. I don’t remember my biological mother being very nurturing or singing to me when I was a child; we never had a close relationship. Sometimes she would even say she wished I wasContinue reading “Twinkle Twinkle”

Move the World

My mom finished her radiation treatment on Friday; she wore a mask  (like this one) to keep her face from moving during each of her 18 radiation sessions. For her, the mask was very uncomfortable, but I think she was extraordinarily brave to undergo treatment, knowing that her type of brain cancer is terminal. SheContinue reading “Move the World”

Ready to win my life back

Today’s post is inspired by a phrase that Dolvett Quince speaks to his contestants on The Biggest Loser. During workouts on the show, he shouts, “win your life back!!!” Last week, when I heard him shout, “Win your life back,” I wept. Since I was 11 years old, food has been an inappropriate coping mechanism.Continue reading “Ready to win my life back”

For the record, I was assigned #8 (These are more like stories, rather than facts)

Today, my post was inspired by my cousin; she posted ten interesting things about herself; I “liked” her post, so she assigned me to write eight statements about myself. Today’s inspiration comes from my cousin, in more ways than one; she is a teacher, so all of my “interesting” facts/stories are about my educational experiences.ThanksContinue reading “For the record, I was assigned #8 (These are more like stories, rather than facts)”

Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

On the interview show, Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. These are my responses. What is your favorite word? Beloved What is your least favorite word? Potty-training What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Quiet. What turns you off?  Noise.  What is your favoriteContinue reading “Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio”

Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)

I was inspired to write today’s post by Hoda Kotb’s examples of inspiration from the Today Show.  She was told by Ken Duane, “Don’t hog your journey,’’ and  “Share your journey with others, and you’re a power of example. Think of what you are able to accomplish.” On Sunday, I had brunch with a goodContinue reading “Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)”

Let it be.

This video prompted today’s post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGgOimJaqT4 Let it be. Okay, so I had a conversation several weeks ago with a colleague about my anxiety regarding flying on planes (and about being in situations where I have no control over the outcome). And he said something to the effect of, “so your calm demeanor, it’s justContinue reading “Let it be.”

Purposeful Beginnings (Via Family Tree)

FYI: This post was inspired by National Adoption Month! I am thankful for folks who choose adoption, especially my grandma and grandpa, who adopted my Mom. I am thankful for my foster parents who didn’t adopt me legally, but who still call me their middle daughter, 20 years after they invited me to join theirContinue reading “Purposeful Beginnings (Via Family Tree)”