This is Post #100 – When Wishes Are Horses

Can you Yipp? Can you Yopp? Doctor Seuss’ Horton the Elephant declared, “A person’s a person no matter how small.” after hearing the voice of the tiny visionary Dr. H. Hoovey coming from a dust speck. Which led Horton to take action to protect the tiny Whos of Whoville. The Who’s eventually banded together to save themselves, and in the end it is the last…

Not by Kale Alone.

As we collaborate to design our life together as a family, we are trying to integrate as many facets that contribute to a thriving life as we can. We are defining a thriving life as balanced, productive, happy, of service, and long. Though we have always eaten lots of kale, we are trying to crank up…

Overdraft Notice

We have lots of accounts that have nothing to do with the banks.  Our Social Capital accounts are filled by all the emotional and care deposits we have made into our various relationships. Our Nutritional accounts, and Sleep accounts keep our bodies working as they should, and our Resiliency account allows us to weather adversity up to…

Little Miracles Everywhere

Yesterday on my blustery walk home I saw what I believed to be a plastic bag caught in the blackberries next to the river.  Just as I began to climb down the rocks to retrieve it, I heard a cheery bike bell in the distance.  Martin! pedaling home from weaving class on his bike.  Announcing, “Never…

The Questions We Ask

This post is another one from the draft drawer. It was written February 2014 about half way through my chemo treatments, but not posted at that time. The information still seems very relevant to me today, as I am still actively questioning and reframing. I read voraciously. When the bakery was getting started I read lots and…

I hear a sweet voice calling.

Okay I know I have been writing a lot.  I am feeling very inspired to try to get as clear as possible on what I am learning- and to document it so that perhaps it might help others.  Writing also acts as a clarity spell for myself- a discipline to more deeply understand myself and the…

Magical Realism

Many folks upon hearing they have a serious diagnosis of any kind, go immediately in one of a few different directions. Either they hunker down to being realistic at all costs, go look up their prognosis on actuary charts and prepare for the worst. Or  they might try denial, LALALALA. Perhaps they decide to “Fight Fight Fight – never…

Tuning in

This was a really fun weekend. My friend Rebecca Harrison came to the coast to offer individual Alexander Method sessions, and to teach another short Alexander workshop.  The topic this time was the senses – tuning into ourselves from the inside out. The class was really intimate, just four of us. It seems that this was…

Walking into Joy

Whoa – Beauty abounds all around.  Due to a confluence of factors, our car in need of repair, newly developed tailbone-bike-seat-incompatibility, plus beautiful weather, all conspired towards my walking to and from work this week.  Basically providing me with two hours each day to reflect on the state of my life, the universe and everything. My goal this…

Dressing For Success with One Breast

Built in the 1880’s the house where I spent my early childhood had three front doors and two staircases.  My father’s medical practice took up about half of the downstairs, and its entrance used the north door on the front of the house. The other two, which lead to the private residence, were permanently locked.  The central entrance foyer, with its beautiful…

Runner bean blossoms and fire wood.

This post was written August 22, 2015, it is another one that I put away until later. This is later. I’ve been in a land far far away as of late. I’ve been reading a really good book. I’ve been reorganizing my studio, and I went on a four day camping bike adventure with my all my…

Integration – “Feel your tension body letting go of you.”

  Have you ever noticed how you feel in your body when you are completely relaxed, and yet strong and ready to respond? I imagine stretching awake from a refreshing nap taken in a sunny place on soft grass.  This is inhabiting your mammal body.  Contrast this to the tension body– that collection of movements and…