A Heart-Shaped Leaf: notes from an adoptive mother

Last week my 18-year-old son came into the kitchen while I was fixing dinner. He held a closed hand in front of me. “Open your hand mom.” I looked up at his smirk. “No”, I said. “I don’t trust you.” He pushed his hand closer to me. “Come on mom, just hold your hand out.” … Continue reading A Heart-Shaped Leaf: notes from an adoptive mother

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“Broken Shoes”-a lesson in gratefulness

In 1980 I thought my blue Traxx shoes from Kmart were the coolest shoes I had ever worn. They looked somewhat similar to the popular Nike shoe with the big check mark on the side. Every year my parents bought me two pair of shoes for school; one pair of dress shoes for the classroom and one … Continue reading “Broken Shoes”-a lesson in gratefulness

Finding Serenity in a Chaotic World

Recently I was able to visit McWay Falls in California, a rare "tidefall" which is only visible from a footpath at the edge of California Highway 1. This waterfall tumbles from steep cliffs onto a small beach washed by aqua-blue water. I couldn't help thinking as I looked at it, how wonderful it would be to … Continue reading Finding Serenity in a Chaotic World

10 Ways I chose Joy when I was really depressed.

(unprofessional advice from a human who doesn't have it all together) Depression is something I have battled off and on my whole life. The years of 2013 and 2014 were unlike any other depression I have experienced so far, and now I refer to it as my Great Depression. I went to bed many evenings … Continue reading 10 Ways I chose Joy when I was really depressed.