Category Archives: Storytelling

Telling stories is part of our transformational process as we grow into out authenticity. More important, telling and sharing stories is a powerful tool for integrating life’s setbacks, joys, lessons, and unexpected experiences. Nothing can defeat us if we are strong in our storytelling.

The Life of Pi

Warning: There are a few spoilers in this blog, but I don’t think anything I could say could possibly take away from the experience of actually seeing this film. A couple of days ago I saw Ang Lee’s Life of … Continue reading

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Choose Joy

This week I made it to the two-year mark cancer-free and healthy and achieved a major milestone: seven months off the drugs (Herceptin and Tykerb) with no recurrence. My immune system is holding its own. When I sat in my … Continue reading

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An Eagle Touched By God

Every so often a story comes to me in an email that I feel compelled to share. The last time this happened was when someone forwarded an email to me called “Hope in Japan” about how many of the residents … Continue reading

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Baba Yaga and the Birds

“When was the last time you laid your head in the lap of awe?” –From A Knock at the Door This spring and summer has been a time of winged creatures for me. They have appeared in my life like … Continue reading

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Won’t Bow. Don’t Know How.

In her book Eat, Pray, Love Liz Gilbert was lucky enough to meet an earthy, caring, and wise southern gentleman called Richard from Texas who alternately kicked her ass when she needed it and gave her all the love he … Continue reading

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The Change That Happens Between One Heartbeat and the Next

It’s been a long time since I’ve written in this blog because all my time has been taken up by teaching at the university, by grading hundreds of papers, by shepherding eighteen and nineteen year olds to get through one … Continue reading

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Today I Began to Write My Book – At Last!

I just wanted to note here in this place where I share many of my most honest thoughts that I started writing my book today. I have made a commitment to try and write for at least an hour a day, every … Continue reading

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Surrender: Releasing Fear, Opening the Heart

On Monday, October 25 I had a call from my oncologist’s office about “elevated liver enzymes,” which could have meant that my liver cancer had returned. I went through a very difficult week, culminating in a stressful PET/CT scan on … Continue reading

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My Mother and the Museum Curator

–For Debby, my Favorite Seester, who said, “Why don’t you write something funny?” Our mothers…the very mention of the word can bring a chill of dread to our hearts, yet there is probably no one else we have ever loved … Continue reading

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Coyotes Never Give Up

“I have cast my gaze two hundred years down the road to dreamers I’ll never know who may, like me, hear sensible voices lovingly telling them to stay safe and not take foolish chances. I want The Coyotes to whisper … Continue reading

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