Dragonflies Among Us.

When life knocked me down, hundreds of red dragonflies lifted me up. What I learned about them was so life-changing, I've been writing, painting and speaking about it ever since. (Here's the whole story if you haven't heard it.) I discovered that dragonflies spend most of their lives crawling around the bottom of a pond. And [...]


Why Wait ‘Til Thanksgiving To Feel Thankful.

I wrote this poem for Thanksgiving. But read it any time you could use a big heaping portion of gratitude. THANK. FULL. Thanks for life's joys And also the oy's. The blues and the blahs,  The bliss and ah-hahs. Thanks for the angst, The fill-in-the blanks--- The yearning, the churning And all that damn learning. Thanks for the [...]


‘Tis the season to be ____________.

Let me start by wishing you the happiest of holidays. But let me continue by saying, if you're not feeling quite as shiny as the tinsel on a tree, you're not alone. 'Tis the season when we expect our lives to be as merry and bright as everyone else's family photos. And as preposterously perfect [...]


Why I’d rather age colorfully than gracefully.

Don't get me wrong. "Aging gracefully" is lovely. In a quiet, refined, elegant kind of way. Which is great, if that's "You." But it's definitely not "Me." I was never particularly graceful when I was younger. So, why would I suddenly become that way as I age? To me,  the term "aging gracefully" feels like a cultural corset that holds women to one tight standard. [...]

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