3 Books I Just Finished & am Loving!

I’m a big fan of a book I can dive right into and swirl around with for a few days. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate to encounter three such books: Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes This book is pitched as a romantic comedy—and I suppose it is. MoreContinue reading “3 Books I Just Finished & am Loving!”

Emotions that (Literally!) Change the Shape of your Heart

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.” —Mary Schmich These words take on new meaning when I watch Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s TED Talk. As a practicing cardiologist, he knows hearts inside and out. But did you know that your emotional state can actually CHANGEContinue reading “Emotions that (Literally!) Change the Shape of your Heart”

The Power (or Lack-of) Shame

This week I heard a quote by the incomparable Brené Brown that has kept me thinking: “You cannot shame or belittle people into lasting change.”  This was first spoken to her by a professor when she was an undergrad. At the time, it didn’t make sense. She thought, but that’s how our society operates. That’s howContinue reading “The Power (or Lack-of) Shame”

FICTION: The Dragon’s Lair

Magical Realism Short Fiction By Kaelan Strouse   (5,800 words – 25 min read time)   “I know who you really are,” the grubby man spoke as he peered at me through one, droopy-lidded eye.  The other eye was patched and covered.  “You can’t hide from us.  We know… we can always know our ownContinue reading “FICTION: The Dragon’s Lair”

FICTION: The Gay Plague

Short Story – 6000 words (20 min read time).  By Kaelan Strouse.   “Fucking faggot.” I mutter it quiet like, under my breath. I walk past the fool making a spectacle of himself in the town square.  Carrying on like that; drawing attention to himself, as if we had nothin’ better to watch than hisContinue reading “FICTION: The Gay Plague”

Let It Go… Bitches!

Today I unpacked the harmonium. For years, nine to be exact, I chanted with a harmonium daily.  I would sit in meditation and chant along with the flowing verses of the Guru Gita or other Sanskrit chants.  The music would dance around me like the smoke billowing off the incense stick on the alter. ButContinue reading “Let It Go… Bitches!”