The Art of Dancing with Resistance: A New Way of Handling Conflict

  How do you handle frustration?  Conflict ? My usual coping style is to relent and let conflict swallow me like a spoon in pudding, but occasionally I push up against problems like Sisyphus and his boulder.  But I am looking at things differently now. Writers, spiritual leaders, and everyday experiences have inspired a new approach […]

Turkeys Vs. Target: Space Vs. Convenience

Where I live used to be a turkey farm. I can’t remember who told me that, but the trivia made it to long-term memory because the name of the turkey homestead was Elwell Farm.  Coincidentally, I grew up in a country village (too small to be a suburb) in Michigan called Elwell.  My parents still […]

An Introvert Prepares for Summer Parenting

An Introvert Prepares for Summer Parenting

It’s midnight and my eleven year old son, Bryce, and I are camping out on my dad’s property.  It’s not ideal camping weather.  There’s a chance of a storm and the thermometer hovers around 45 degrees. The plump air mattress under our two-man tent uses up a precious four inches of floor to ceiling space.  […]

Soul Painting: Beyond Artistic Talent

Soul Painting: Beyond Artistic Talent

“The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture… The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a high state of functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence.” Robert Henri I find comfort in creating. As a child, my grandma […]

Woody and Me, Sittin’ Under a Tree

Who knew Woody Harrelson wrote poetry?  I didn’t, until recently when I ran across his poem, Alien Creature, and this line of clarity:    I feel like a run-on sentence in a punctuation crazy world.   Me too. When do we get to free-write through life with our modifiers dangling, semi-colons misplaced and footnotes forgotten? […]

Meaningful Minimalism

Posted on May 13, 2011 in Parenting | 9 Comments

  We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life.  All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.     Albert Einstein   My impression of minimalism has evolved from a bare bones decorating style to a passionately simple way of living. Minimalism to me used to be […]