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 …

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. …

6/6/2012: The point of understanding


Thankful. What a difference a year makes. A day. A moment. This time last year I was in the ER with my beloved best friend, waiting for an ambulance to transfer him to a hospital across town. In the face of a life-threatening illness he was supernaturally high-spirited, an inspiration and utter mystery to his …

Never alone: Always in love.


Romance begins with you. Love on yourself today and everyday, so your relationship reflects healing and wholeness now and in the future. Relationships are not two people completing each other.  They are two hearts reflecting two spirits, enhanced.  So the condition of your spirit is magnified. If it isn't right alone, it will just be …

Don’t curse your blessings: Mastering your mind and body for freedom’s sake


I've been battling a persistently annoying less-than-perfect-health situation for a couple months now.  It began as symptom-free general yuckiness and descended into a week of full-blown sick, then cleared 70% of the way up.  Now, it refuses to go away fully because sickness (unlike its carrier) thrives in sleeplessness and uncharacteristically inclement weather. I'm not …

Noise: Let nothing disturb your focus, and nothing force you to struggle.


It's been noisy recently.  Distractions in all forms pulling and blurring focus. Yesterday afternoon, determined to continue songwriting, I entered the peace and comfort of our backyard.  Seated in the refreshing autumn air under waning sunlight I drank in clear skies, brilliant blossoms, vibrant new growth in shifting seasons. Closing my eyes to softly clouded …