Compassion & Self-Compassion

Zesting: My Word for This Year

February 3, 2016

In early autumn, I asked into my heart, “What word might best support me in the next year?” The question was a seed I cast forth with self-compassion, with the knowledge it would germinate in its own timing. A few weeks later, I pondered other questions related to the first one. How might I live […]

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Inviting You to a Remembrance Gathering, by phone, 11/1/2015

October 28, 2015

  I am hosting another Remembrance Gathering by telephone. Would you like to honor one or more loved ones who are in spirit? You are welcome to join me this Sunday, November 1st, 2015, for one hour. (Please see time, below. In some places, it will be early Monday morning.) In 1996 through 2008, I referred […]

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KINDNESS ~ #GoodNewsSharing Challenge, day 4 of 8

October 20, 2015

“KINDNESSES” ~ Day 4 of 8 in #GoodNewsSharing Challenge You are invited to participate in 1 day or more in this Challenge. It is happening on Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter. As well, I’m excited by the idea that all of us might consider adding the #GoodNewsSharing hashtag whenever we are posting something upbeat, whether it’s […]

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#GoodNewsSharing, 8-Day Challenge on Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter

October 16, 2015

Remember the first blog post on #GoodNewsSharing, a few weeks ago? I am still so excited about this sharing of good news via hashtag on Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter, that my muse whispered an idea in my inner ear for a daily challenge of 8 days.   You are absolutely welcome to jump in for […]

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Legacy. What might we choose our legacies to be?

September 30, 2015

Legacy. This very word is the photo-&-text prompt for the final day in the lovely month long #talesofseptember challenge on Instagram, hosted by Tori, @toris_tales. What is a Legacy? When I think of the legacies left after those close to me have died, what impresses me most is how the lives of their loved ones […]

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The Best Time to Make New Resolutions

January 1, 2015

Long ago, I used to make New Year’s Resolutions, along with friends and co-workers. No examples come to mind, and I certainly have no memory of being spectacularly successful at achieving some goal due to making myself a promise at the beginning of a new calendar year. In 1985, I was introduced to a new way […]

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11 Tweetable Quotes on Gratitude & Kindness

November 27, 2014

  A recent blog post by Liz Smith of The Connected Life, entitled My Happiness Comes from Me, prompted me to take an action. Rather than simply making the promise to myself, I chose to send Liz a note in the comment section of her post. I wanted her to witness my promise to do something new. […]

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A Mother’s Gifts to Her Daughter, Still Giving 70+ Years Later

November 21, 2014

  This is a story about a mother’s love for her daughter, and about gifts of celebration and compassion given through creative expression. It is also about a daughter still cherishing these gifts, still cherishing the mother who gave them, more than seventy years later. The first gift was a poem the mother wrote to mark […]

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Remembering & Honoring Lost Loved Ones

October 31, 2014

In some cultures and spiritual traditions, there are annual events to recognize and reminisce about loved ones who have passed from this life, whether their departures from physical form were recent or long ago. You might be familiar with the observances of All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead practices from Mexico. This seems […]

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How “AND” Is More Inclusive Than “BUT”

October 17, 2014

  Whether I am writing to you in this blog or I am in conversation with someone, finding the words to describe how I feel and what I want to convey is one of my main goals. My intention is to use language in ways that heal and promote loving connections. To be truthful, I sometimes […]

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