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Rewriting Your Sex Story

His eyes were as dark as night. That should’ve been my sign to run the other direction–the windows to his soul shut tight, forbidding the light to shine in or out–but instead, I ran straight toward this long-time bachelor with my arms (and legs) wide open and my eyes wide shut.  This wasn’t my first…

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Feeling Motherless on Mother’s Day?

It’s nearly here–Mother’s Day–a holiday associated with love and positivity, gratitude and adoration. But what if you don’t have those feelings? What if you feel motherless on Mother’s Day?  Perhaps you’re like me and your mom died when you were young. Or, maybe you don’t have a good relationship with your mother, or for that…

No Pressure, No Diamonds

Sometimes life is hard.  To be honest, it’s not so great right now. And aside from a global pandemic, don’t we all have a story, or two, or ten, about just how hard it is? I’m here to tell you that it’s hard  for everyone. For some more than others. But if you lean in,…

Rising Up and Bowing Down – The Grace of Surrendering

I was in an awkward yoga pose the other day. One leg here. The other there. Twisted and contorted at the waist, it seemed as though I was sipping  each breath through a straw. I wanted to collapse––to curl up in the fetal position. I wanted to give up. “Be proud and full of grace,”…

Why You’re Never Really Stuck

Years ago, I felt stuck in my career. I was a burned out criminal trial lawyer. I’d lost the excitement, the thrill of pleading my case. It was hard to rationalize not being a lawyer after spending so many years in school and building my practice. So, I kept trudging through—feeling more stuck each day. …

Is Your Relationship Working?

There comes a point in every relationship­­ when the butterflies fly away and the spark feels more like a sputter and we eventually ask ourselves—is my relationship working? We wonder if this person who once made our cheeks hurt from laughing is really making us happy. Sure, there are always the little irritations that come…

Do What Lights You Up

Why is it so important to do the things that light you up–the things you truly love–the things that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Because it’s why you’re here. Doing what lights you up is a huge part of why you’re here on Earth. Think about it like this…what if we’re all…

When the End Becomes the Beginning

He’s gone? My Finn? Could he really be gone? My one-of-a-kind dog. My lifesaver. My everything. Nothing after Finn died was tangible except my grief and my longing for his deep, warm eyes to look at me lovingly just once more. Even though I didn’t plan it or know I needed it, for all of…

What Are You Ashamed Of?

Growing up, my mom often said “shame on you” when I did something she didn’t approve of. Back then it was a common phrase I heard from mothers all over the neighborhood. (As an added bonus, we also got the simultaneous index finger rubbing motion.) At the time, I didn’t really understand what the shame…

One Roof or Two? Love in the Time of Solitude

My husband, David, does irritating things. Most of them are your typical, run-of-the-mill guy things, such as leaving his dirty dishes near the dishwasher, but never in the dishwasher, and throwing his stinky socks near the hamper, but never in the hamper. I’m sensing a pattern here, are you? (One thing he never does though…

Why Does It Take So Damn Long to Make Good Stuff? 

I’m writing a book and it’s taking me forever. I write good stuff and then my editor sends it back with all sorts of comments. Had I considered this? Or that? Can we make it deeper? More vulnerable? And back to my computer I go with new ideas and a box of tissues. (Getting deep…

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