Permission

Writing.  In daily life it feels selfish.  We all have jobs, commitments, broken bones (yes, I’ll tell that story another time), and FAMILY.  We all have to give ourselves permission to “waste” hours that could have been better-spent cleaning house, studying up for a promotion, or going out with the kids.  In my case, having just separated, I feel the pressure to be both parents. … Continue reading Permission

A pause

(Image by activist street artist Lmnopi. To view more of her amazing work, click here.) Amid all the hype and stress and overlapping political energies, I took time for an afternoon hike at L.A.’s Griffith Park. Life’s full of challenges.  If we maintain our calm center, they somehow seem less daunting.  Griffith Park is an oasis of peace in the midst of the busting metropolis. … Continue reading A pause

What Resonates

(Image by Dennis Hodges.  More on his work below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee to whom the US allocated this land in 1835. We began taking it from them again within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? In 1893, thousands of settlers lined … Continue reading What Resonates