Florida: Then and Now

Some people think that to be strong is to never feel pain. In reality, the strongest people are the ones who feel it, understand it, and accept it.  ~  an Instagram meme What the hell am I still doing here?   A question I posed closing out the blog essay it's linked to (I encourage you … Continue reading Florida: Then and Now

Prelude to Eruption

Restless. Irritable. Discontent. Inside I was smoldering with dis-ease over everything and everyone, everywhere. Everywhere I went, there I was...smoldering. Something was wrong - with me - yet I couldn't put my finger on it. The fire burning inside me was getting stoked, an upwelling was gaining; the pressure was rising, momentum building. I suffered silently, tried to at least, as the smoke around me grew thicker and darker in my mental agitation and physical discomfort.

Relative Undoing at Camp Shame

"Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging." ~ Brene Brown, PhD LMSW "Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway." ~ Mother Teresa   I've been around Camp Shame most of my life - as visitor, vacationer, permanent resident.  I know the camp's location, sensation, and … Continue reading Relative Undoing at Camp Shame

Healing Paradigms Through Politics

I learned long ago that in order to heal my wounds I must have the courage to face up to them. ~ Paulo Coelho The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of. ~ Pascal Step back.  Step away.  Breathe.  Reflect.  Feel.  Release.  Rejoice.  Let go.  Carry on. I'd never seen the photo before … Continue reading Healing Paradigms Through Politics

God Schmod. Waiting on a Friend.

"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong." ~ … Continue reading God Schmod. Waiting on a Friend.