Presence, Power, and Community

I have been thinking about presence and power a lot lately. As Reclaiming Pittsburgh is a fledgling community, my goal is to empower those that are in the community to not only show up, but to step up – into leadership, into ritual roles, into seeing and being seen. I have been listening to Amy…

Wistful

Today: missing friendships that faded, or fell to the wayside, or exploded spectacularly… Image: The Tower, Rider-Waite Deck

Grieving: the three things I wish you knew

First thing:  I can’t ask for what I can’t articulate. Second thing: Just because I have to function doesn’t mean I’m actually functional. Yes, I’m going to work and yes, I’m not crying all the time – but I’m still pretty fucked up a lot of the time. Third thing:  You telling me that I…

Powerful Magic: Simple Stuff

Want to work some powerful magic today? Ready? There is no right way or wrong way. There is just your way and my way and our way and their way.  Can you respect your way of doing things, trusting your unique answers in the present moment? Can you respect my way of doing things? Our…

Holy Shit, Comments

Some kind of demon has possessed my soul. I have allowed comments on my blog posts again. We’ll see how it goes! Image: Farting Demon (creator unknown – if you know who I should credit for this work, please contact me)

Bumpy but Breathing

I know I’ve fallen off the face of the map here at Ye Olde Blog – life has been adventurous, and the road has gotten decidedly bumpy. It has been bumpy in good ways: my household will be moving mid-February, so we are all a-flurry with packing and parsing and all the goodness and stress…

Hibernating

I love cycles, and I am a big believer in honoring my own rhythms. At this time of year, I turn inward. I want to sit in my den and work on my loom or crochet while binge watching Netflix. I certainly do not feel social or festive at this time of year. In the…

Thoughts on being a Yoda

I can’t remember where I first saw this, but I read somewhere that spiritual advisors have archetypes. For example, some are like Indiana Jones – they are going to grab you and take you on a mighty adventure. Specific to me: some advisors are like Yoda – you need to seek them out, as they…

A World Saturated With Divinity

I read Thomas Moore’s “This Fractured, Heavenly World” in Spirituality & Health and I really loved it…and it is online, so I’m sharing it with y’all. Here’s my favorite part: “You devote your life to spiritual learning, but you give your heart to ordinary life and the world of the senses. You watch yourself closely…

I Rock At Failure

I am pretty damn comfortable with failure. I didn’t realize this was true until this past weekend, when my husband and I were listening to an audiobook on a trip out to Ohio. Brené Brown was discussing vulnerability and shame, and she said this about speaking at TED: “TED is like the failure conference. No, it is. You…

Eat Your Way To Flawless Skin!!!

I open my Pinterest, a barrage of imagery, and am reminded that I can have great hair, learn 12 surprising remedies to add to my bath, save my daughter from an army of princesses, and eat my way to flawless skin. I already have great hair, because it’s the hair growing out of my head….