An image I posted on Insta got 749 likes.   I told the cat this as I cleaned her box. “749 likes,”   I said again. She jumped in, peed, got out, and moved to the next thing.   749 likes don’t change the fact that I clean a cat box.    

The Warm Hearth

A warm hearth is a shelter, a place that draws us in, invites us to sit a while.   Its humble strength allows us to come together, to see each other in a softer light.   It is here, at the hearth, that we come home to each other and to ourselves.   As theContinue reading “The Warm Hearth”

Solving Conflict in Relationships

Have you ever inadvertently hurt a loved one with your words? Me, too. Sometimes we act out of frustration, or we’re tired, or irritated by a loved one’s behavior. And when we address the situation, we only make things worse. Nobody’s going to get it right all the time, but there’s a way to vastlyContinue reading “Solving Conflict in Relationships”

How We Spread the Very Things We Hate

The words we use have a ripple effect. They can either spread peace, kindness and compassion, or they can give fuel to the very hatred we’re trying to stop. In short, we get more of what we focus on. So we can choose to put our words and energy toward the change we want orContinue reading “How We Spread the Very Things We Hate”

What is Your Center?

In Rise of the Guardians, a 2012 film about a group of guardians that protect children, the Santa Claus character, named North, asks a soon-to-be guardian a question to help him determine what his purpose will be as a guardian. “What,” asks North, “is your center?” Each of the guardians has a center. It’s whatContinue reading “What is Your Center?”

Steer Your Own Ship

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.” So wrote Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960 in You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life, a book that remains relevant today. Ouch. Salt-on-a-cut ouch. But here’s the thing. There’s no need to focus on the salt, on theContinue reading “Steer Your Own Ship”