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!”

The Origins of Bondi

This is why I was inspired to write a story about a young, half-dragon who grows up in a town full of humans. He is the only mythical in his neighborhood, and the other teens are ruthless as they humiliate him day-in and day-out for what he cannot change. Each morning, he binds his wings, tucks his tail in his brief, and tries to disappear. But it’s never good enough.

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”

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!”

Living in the Gray…

I guess it’s part of getting older. We realize all the things we so fervently believed in when we were younger are not entirely true. We haven’t heard the whole story. And the complete picture is more nuanced than we believed. When I was younger, I had a firm fix on what was “Right” andContinue reading “Living in the Gray…”