Category Archives: Life, stories & more

The tulip trees are flowering

In the back yard of my family home back in Germany stands a large tulip tree. My mother planted it sometime in 1994 after seeing one bloom in the US while attending my sister’s graduation in Iowa. So, this year, … Continue reading

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VaccineDay#1 and an aquifer of memories

My father loved to regale us with stories. Often at dinner time when everyone was present. He would tell stories from his childhood in Germany, his family, meeting my mother in Alsace, her family, or early memories from the 60s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on dying in two chapters

Take me home He takes my hands in his, and at the same time waves them away in frustration. He brings both his hands up, his arms shaky with effort. He uses them to show us what he means. What … Continue reading

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FierceRising

Who am I Who am I now Who is this person I call me Who is she   Is she the baby leaving the shores of her birth and first footsteps Never to return to it again as home Never … Continue reading

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Take a risk, what is there to lose?

A year for taking risks. For leaping into your own life, into your own unfolding future. When did you last risk everything for a chance to live your life, this life that the soft gentle voice whispering in the depths … Continue reading

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WORLD AIDS DAY 2015

She was still a young woman. She told me that she was having pain on her side, that she was not feeling well, that she would struggle to pick up the baby that day. That she thought her side was … Continue reading

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Belonging and the vagaries of feeling at home

“In contrast to how a child belongs in the world, adult belonging is never as natural, innocent, or playful. Adult belonging has to be chosen, received, and renewed. It is a lifetime’s work.” – John O’Donohue “As you grow, you … Continue reading

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The many blessings of longing and joy

Thirteen years ago I came across a book in a local bookstore by Rachel Naomi Remen called My Grandfather’s Blessings.  A book of stories  of strength, refuge and belonging.  For me it became a book of change, a call to … Continue reading

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Shadows of kindness

Winter solstice Night of the long shadows Night marking winter beginnings Marking paradoxically, the return of the sun And in days to come A rebirth A new year New moments to recreate and re-envision this life Winter solstice Arriving on … Continue reading

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Preparing to be unprepared

Life many times can be confusing and challenging. We may find we live life with the intention to grow our sense of self-awareness and well being with each new day but can be thrown off balance by events, thoughts, and … Continue reading

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