February 2018

Failure

How many times have you found yourself stewing on all the failures of your day, or your life? This obsessing on stupid decisions, words spoken and actions left undone, will lead us eventually to feeling as though we are failures. There is a big difference between failing sometimes and being a failure. And I haven’t…

Beauty, Body Image and Physical Obsession

Someone recently asked me what I told people with body image issues, and those who obsess on their physical flaws. This is a very common problem. People define beauty by a certain cultural standard and then measure their own physical appearance by that standard, and usually can find a lot lacking. In this process, they…

The Both/And Reality of Grief

There’s something about the contrast of a small girl with a halo of blonde curls clutching her daddy’s shirt while at his funeral with a giant beaming smile on her face. No, she doesn’t understand the scope of what’s happened. But isn’t that such an example of the emotions of grief? We laugh, we cry,…

In the Bleak Midwinter

January and February are not my favorite months of the year. They are still definitely winter, but the fun of the Christmas season is over and they often just seem bleak and cold to me. I thrive in spring and summer—the green shoots coming up that I’ve planted and nurtured, the warmth of the air…