Listen to this song from me to you: “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”


Spread the word, the love, the light.  Just above are clouded skies That you may help to clear, Let not selfishness your way debar... Though into one heart alone May fall your song of cheer, Brighten the corner where you are! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNRbjB8Umxs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

A simple request…


...Is not always so simple, is it? Too many of us grew up with and are still surrounded by a culture that glorifies success against all odds over the testimony of human survival... A culture that exalts greed and competition... Efficiency at the expense of joy... Strength in the face of vulnerability destroyed. The reality …

13 tips for living a purposeful life.


An acquaintance recently asked for 13 tidbits of advice to share with their daughter for her thirteenth birthday.  It was a wonderfully thoughtful gift, and as I sent the lengthy message, I realized these 13 tips are pretty universal, and decided to post them here. Enjoy! 1. You are more powerful than you’ll ever know. …

Growth: Let crumbling foundations clear the path for deeper roots.


This past weekend was quite a whirlwind, the culmination of a few weeks planning to celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela coincided with the unfolding of the trial of the George Zimmerman trial. Saturday evening on my way to a posh Beverly Hills restaurant to celebrate one of my best friend's milestone birthdays, the …

Mind renewal: Living above the law, because love never fails. Love is love.


When certain political issues rise, judgment and confusion roar.  Particularly in my little slice of the world, because I'm blessed to love and be loved by a lot of powerfully vocal and passionate folks.  So when presidential campaigns loom, or media focuses on abortion, capital punishment, poverty, civil rights, same-sex marriage, or religious freedoms...  Like …

The Value of Love: Remembering what life means.


I've started sleeping with earplugs.  My adorable outdoor cats love cuddling, and at night they settle for snuggling through my bedroom window pane, just behind my headboard. And they like pillow talk: Me: (Coughing) Pirate (cat, meowing): "Tina!?!?  Are you awake?  I am.  This is fun.  Can you hear me?!?!" Me, muttering: "Oh. Em. Gee. …