Introverts Do It Passionately and Creatively: How It’s Possible to Love Solitude and Be Popular

Introverts Do It Passionately and Creatively: How It’s Possible to Love Solitude and Be Popular

“Susan Cain is a closet extrovert.”  — Unknown So read the juvenile and snarky comment on introvert author and champion, Susan Cain’s blog. Susan’s heavy presence in the media (TED Talks, NPR, morning shows) during her book promotion (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) made it seem like she thrived […]

The Power of Poetry: Helping Us Heal, Feel and Transition

I taped Jorge Luis Borges’s poem, You Learn, to the wall above my desk. It’s helping me through the married to not married transition. It whispers messages about love and endurance when I need them. Often my eyes drift to the poem and gently land on a line or stanza… So you plant your garden and decorate […]

Halfway Home: Somewhere Between Building a Home and Feeling at Home

You strive, struggle and sacrifice to build a home.  To create a structure for your life that includes a home base.  But, do you feel at home?  Do you  breathe freely, laugh easily and love openly? Remember What It Feels Like to Be At Home? One of the places I always return to for comfort […]

Surviving Without Elite Status: Introducing Mindfulness To Kids Accustomed to Materialism and Competition

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the first three days of our vacation. My children bickered and battled for that damn elusive and short-lived nirvana —  Mom’s full attention. They reminded me of drowning people climbing on each other in order to keep their head on top. They griped about having to […]

Blossom or Hibernate? In Love and Work, When Is It Right To Start Anew?

Blossom or Hibernate? In Love and Work, When Is It Right To Start Anew?

Is it OK to blossom now?  A question I ask myself every day and a question I imagine the trees and flowers are asking themselves now. March in Minnesota is usually snow-covered and grey-ish.  But this year June temperatures showed up in bright green shorts and flip flops while our coat closets were still sporting […]

Seductive Security: Living Without the Protective Embrace of a Committed Relationship

Seductive Security: Living Without the Protective Embrace of a Committed Relationship

White gloved servers traverse the dining space, stepping around and between linen covered tables and well-heeled guests. Impressive shrimp dangle from cocktail glasses and decadent chocolate  desserts abound. Giant topiary spheres encrusted in twinkly white lights hang from the ceiling on invisible tethers. A highly professional band plays Motown classics as well as current pop tunes. It’s […]