Joy is life’s rainbow: Trauma Phase 2

"No, I haven't written this week," I told Geeta, "How's it going for you?" Six weeks after the fires that devastated parts of the wine country, I once again deflected the conversation away from me. Geeta is my writing accountability buddy in India. We talk weekly to discuss what we've accomplished and our goals for [...]

By | December 8th, 2017|Healing, Joy, Loss, Trauma, Triggers|1 Comment

How Do You Maintain Joy in the Face of a Firestorm?

(This photo is of a leaf found 10 miles from the Wine Country Firestorm) "Has life gone back to normal for you?" This is what I was asked a number of times three plus weeks after firestorms ravaged lives, homes, pets and property here in the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa and 3 surrounding [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|Facing Fear, Joy, Loss, Trauma|0 Comments

Joy at the Death Bed

My Uncle Vic is dying like he lived – quietly, gently, at home surrounded by people who love him. When I put my hands on Vic’s head he moans a satisfying sigh. “I’m ready,” he had told had his wife, his children, his hospice workers. He was clear that he was at peace, felt complete, [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Death, Family support, Healing, Joy, Letting Go|2 Comments

What are Your PG-Rated Passions?

Make a list. Passion for the simple things is Joy. Recently, I had the opportunity to ponder what I’m passionate about while sitting in front of a delicious smelling plate of curried chicken, rice and vegetables (gluten free) at East West restaurant. My companion had just asked me, “What are you passionate about?” OK, first date. [...]

By | January 10th, 2016|Joy, Passion, Tango|0 Comments