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Recovery

My #MeToo Story (24 years after it happened)

A rare photo from those years. I am working away in the car, focused wholly on holding my own against what felt from the start like an unfairly stacked deck.

The other day I wasn't feeling so hot. The doctor called in a prescription and I headed off to Walgreens, still dressed in my jammies.

It goes without saying (or it should, if you've ever seen my jammies) that I wasn't planning to get out...
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Movie Mentoring

Sometimes Letting the Chips Fall Where They May Feels Good

I look at this pic of two dandelions and I just see raw nature at its finest. It doesn't need "dressing up." Plus, I prefer it as-is!

One of my (many) favorite movie genres is westerns. While to date I have mostly favored Clint Eastwood in roles such as "Pale Rider" and "High Plains Drifter," lately a new western contender has joined the pack.

"Hell or High Water," starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben...
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Death

A New and Comforting Understanding of Physical Death

I wonder if the "everywhere" experience some people have of departed loved ones feels like looking at the vast, serene, beyond questioning.

With such a cheery title, I would understand if you, treasured reader, skipped right over this post!

I probably would have during earlier decades in my life. But now that I have reached the venerable age of 47, this is precisely the type of topic I find most interesting.

At this stage of...
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Recovery

Walking Through the Darkness At the End of the Tunnel

I learn so much from my baby tortoise, Malti! For instance, she likes to approach problem-solving (such as how to fit herself inside a cozy corner of my duvet cover) by backing into them, like I do.

I still remember the moment. I was in my early 30's. I had made some terrific progress recovering from anorexia and bulimia.

I had also released my first album of original songs and was starting to perform...
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Good News

This World Is Ours to Share

When it comes to what we truly need versus what we think we need, often our eyes are bigger than our stomach. I see this every day in my parrot, Pearl, who would really prefer it if the two shelled family members could go live somewhere else so he could have his mommy all to himself

The other morning I woke up gasping.

I had had the most horrific

In this particular dream,...
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Animal Mentors

Why Does It Shock Us When People Act Like Animals

If you are a delicious wild escargot, one place you absolutely do not want to visit is my box turtle Bruce's enclosure, where you will never be mistaken for anyone other than who you

Sometimes a movie comes out that I really want to see and yet for some reason I miss seeing it in theaters. When this happens, there is usually (what feels like) a ridiculously long wait before it comes...
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Emotions

A New Forgiveness Tactic That Seems to be Working

I found this eye-poppingly intricate little blossom laying on the ground by itself - there were no plants nearby and it was in perfect condition. This tiny flower reminds me so much of what the human soul must be pristine underneath all the oopses and whoopses of being a human being and living a human life.

Last year was the "Year of Sufficiency." This year, of course, is the "Year of Being a...
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Relationships

How to Know When Saying Goodbye Is Saying I Love You

A certain avian family member lets his mama know his neck feathers itch and need scratching, like, right away!

Have you ever come home from an all-around sucky day, only to open your email inbox and realize the suck is just getting started?

This happened to me the other day.

I arrived home, sweating, starving and grumpy, anticipating a soothing shower and a quiet evening of scratching itchy avian neck feathers while...
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Movie Mentoring

The Challenges of Trying to Change Who You Are

When I saw this little plaque, I immediately knew it had to be though the design clearly screams "nursery room decor."

I will never forget the moment when I heard a friend of mine, a young mom-to-be, look down at her growing belly and utter these words:

I can't wait to meet my daughter and find out who she is!

I'll be honest - I looked right at her, scanning her face for the...
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