The Cult Vault podcast episode 138 is on “A Slice of Orange” – my memoir about my time with guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in India and Oregon, and my life leading up to that and beyond. I was thrilled to be interviewed by someone so willing to explore the nuances of the book – and … Read more
Twice this past week someone gave me Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” poem that begins: “You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body Love what it loves.” That “only” … Read more
The collapse of a belief system is hell at the time – but eventually I found it an enormous gift. Of course another one moves in fast to replace it, but just for a moment there is a pause when we get to see outside the bubble that each of us lives in.
Who said flowers would always be flowery? That was my expectation when I chatted to Statice about healing – but she showed determination and grit. Healing isn’t all soft and soothing.
It is a soothing meditation to sit silently with any plant or tree. I write down what comes to me. It feels like hearing a voice and receiving a gentle nudge or a kick in the pants – depending on my mood, or is it theirs?
Every morning I invite one supportive word. I try not to censor what arrives, then I define it. It is handy as a mini-meditation as well as a satisfying writing exercise – I know I have written something each day! I am sharing my Word Bath for you to jump into if you choose – … Read more
9 Reason I’m Grateful for my Ulcerative Colitis This was a challenging exercise – to find gratitude for something I would prefer to have never encountered. But The Mighty gave me a prod and I managed to come up with reasons to be grateful for ulcerative colitis. Has chronic illness given you anything to be … Read more
The new state law in California renders our local design and environmental laws obsolete when a development is designated By Right. This is a huge gift to developers under the guise of creating affordable housing – which, in my community, is not a big part of the package. I’ve looked at great ugly buildings in … Read more
BAMBOO: We’re big grass, not small tree. Don’t underestimate the strength of a grass – skinny protects from the wind. And we’re most definitely a ‘we.’ Yes, I am an ‘I’ too, which makes for the very best we. Thinner, fatter, older, younger. Always someone to lean on if you fall over. We can take … Read more
Here is a wee poem just out in this lovely publication, the Journal of Expressive Writing. I asked myself, “What does the world need now?” (a theme of this year’s San Diego Writers Festival), and this poem popped out: What Does the World Want from Me? What does it want from you?