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Viola and Solitaire

Surprise is the greatest gift life can grant us. ~Boris Pasternak Yep, it took me by surprise. As we waited to check in at the international counter, I noticed an elderly woman quite a bit ahead of me. She was … Continue reading

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I can see it so clearly now.

You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. ~Joseph Campbell It was magical. Meeting up with eight soul sisters in a house on a beach in perhaps what was … Continue reading

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A year in the books…

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different.”  ~ C.S. Lewis It’s been a year. Today. Last year on this day, and this evening, I was a patient in a hospital. … Continue reading

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For everything there is a season. . .

Yesterday, I was an attorney in private practice. And today, I’m not. And all is well. There comes a time when change occurs. It may be unexpected or predictable. Each has its own challenge and each, its own sort of celebration, a … Continue reading

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Firsts, and all that they mean.

I am here to live out loud. ~Emile Zola New schools and teams. New bands and choruses. New subjects and topics. New employees. New clients. New organizations and responsibilities. New chapters. The newness echoes, reminding me of the passing of … Continue reading

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Gratitude

 Everything is a gift of the universe — even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.  ~Ken Keyes, Jr. When the night sounds linger into day. When all is still. When … Continue reading

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Stiff upper lip or denial? Or something else?

Don’t make the pain pretty with the theory of gratitude; be hurt, be pissed, be furious, be weak. Be where it’s ugly and uncomfortable — without adding sweetener to it. Spare yourself the karmic explanations, the family of origin connections, the “it’s all … Continue reading

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When even the beautiful stuff feels like shit.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.  -Elizabeth Kubler Ross Let me just put it out there. I have … Continue reading

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Small acts of kindness. An ode to Roswell Park.

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness no matter how small.                    -Liam Neeson So my surgery was 2 days after Christmas. Some (including, occasionally, me) would question the timing. Isn’t … Continue reading

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The serendipity of breast cancer – Part 1

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”   -Alan Watts                                           … Continue reading

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