Feeling sexy is an inside job.

Today, I was a Beauty Queen.  I walked in the Astoria Regatta Parade at the front of the Blue Scorcher  “Float”  which we put together out of banners we made yesterday, combined with the signs from our farmers market booth, and flags made for the Lughnasa festivals of the past.  It was held together with bamboo and zip…

Joseph Campbell and Me

The Journey.  Okay. This summer I’ve had the chance to read a whole lot written by other breast cancering babes.  I have also ended up clicking through to many editorial articles.  After about the third time I saw a snarky remark about the “ubiquitous journey” of breast cancer I changed the byline on my blog…

The Buddha in the borderlands

There are so many words swirling around these days. The world is filled to overflowing with events. I have been writing and writing – considering and dreaming – processing and lamenting. There are 31 posts in what I call the draft drawer. Tackling topics like; racism in America, hard friendships, Tamoxifen.. again, the healing power…

Space, the final frontier… for healing that is.

If you read my last post on the five actions of wellness  I mentioned mindfulness – which I define as the deliberate attempt to cultivate a disciplined mind. Essentially attaining a more relaxed state at will.  The goal isn’t to never have intense feelings, the goal is to be able to observe my feelings when they arrive, and to…

The Five Actions of Wellness

Okay, so I have been paying attention to what many wise folks have to say about what creates health. Studies on basically every form of major bad-health ju-ju; cancering, heart disease, diabetes, depression, etc.,  all point to the profound benefit of five things that are labeled “lifestyle choices.” Good Nutrition – mostly plant based Detoxification Joyful…

The Madonna, Mama’s Day & Mudflap Babes

Mama’s Day My boys surprised me this year for Mother’s Day with an evening picnic out by the river. Joe took me for a walk Saturday, and then on the way back, low and behold, there were our two sons lounging on a blanket with all the accruements for a picnic. Including flowers picked in our…

Great Big Love

There is nothing like getting a big scary death threat from your body to kick up the level of self reflection and inner listening.  So when I was first diagnosed, I started asking myself questions right away.  One of the questions I asked was, “What thoughts or actions have I been engaged in that make my…