Helplessness Blues

Lately, I’ve been thinking of that poster that hangs in a lot of elementary classrooms: “Before you speak: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” This election touched a big nerve with me, as it did for a lot of people regardless of political beliefs, and I’ve been doing a lot of breathing andContinue reading “Helplessness Blues”

It Has to Be

“When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of.  This is pratipaksha bhavana.” –   Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, 2.33,  J. Carrera In 2008, my dad was laid off.  He was just another victim of the economic crunch that year.  His company, involved in cotton trade, laid off a lot of the “oldContinue reading “It Has to Be”

The Safety You Seek

During the winter, there’s a lot more people poking around my apartment complex.  The landlord has a team of friendly snow removing gentlemen who shovel the stairs and plow the parking lots.   Although, I really appreciate the dudes who make my world much easier to traverse, they make me nervous.  I can hear them plodding up theContinue reading “The Safety You Seek”

The Long Game

I’ve been sick for a few days, and I’m trying my best to rest and replenish.  Judging by that friendly Facebook “On this Day” reminder, it seems like every year since 2005, I’ve been sick in January and this is about the time when I would take to the internet to whine about it.  Facebook hasContinue reading “The Long Game”

Cat Pose

I’ve never been a cat person, but when I married my husband, I knew that his eccentric, very talkative cat was part of the package.  And let me start by saying, it’s a great package…even with his cat.  I love this plump, cuddly, chatty gal, but she’s got issues.  Or as my husband likes toContinue reading “Cat Pose”

There Are No Bears Here

Something many people don’t know about me is that I am nervous pretty much ALL OF THE TIME.  Need to make a phone call to a stranger?  Debilitating anxiety.  Going to a new optometrist?  Serious jitters.  Perfectly tame social gatherings?  Nausea.  Driving in city traffic?  Palpitations.  My life has been shaped largely by fear andContinue reading “There Are No Bears Here”

One Strong Lady

“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.” – Chinese proverb Since my post on Tuesday about “the beach incident,” I’ve received an outpouring of support from just about everyone.  People told me they loved me, promised to maim and/orContinue reading “One Strong Lady”