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For The Common Good

Like many around the globe, I have been following the journey of Pope Francis with interest. I was raised Jewish and am an interfaith minister, so the idea of a spiritual leader also being a diplomat, traveling to the United […]


For Our Own Good

Writing this from my cozy bed, after an ordeal in the wee hours of this morning, that could have been prevented by listening to my wise mind, instead of my “I want that yummy and decadent treat, because it has […]


Loving and Letting Go

As it always does, the Universe brings me messages when I most need them and least want them. I imagine it is so for you as well. Yesterday I was writing an article for my full time job with the […]


Disney Daring

  I am no longer a Disneyland virgin. Yesterday was my very first day in “The Happiest Place on Earth”.  Earned my ears (although I didn’t buy any(: Went on Soarin’ Over California, Monsters, Inc, and then to earn street […]

Hurt People Hurt People?

Lately, I have been pondering this conundrum: Why do people make violence acceptable? I see so many photos and videos of people hurting animals and people, images of abuse that whoever shot the films somehow think is cool. I understand […]

Poison Ivy

One of my clients in the outpatient drug and alcohol counseling center where I work with folks in recovery had a brilliant analogy that he shared. As someone with a long term addiction, he thought he could manage it by ‘controlling’ […]

Potholes and Pitfalls

It’s been a rough winter here in the Philadelphia area as it has been throughout the country. Below freezing temps, gusty winds, downed wires, crystalline coating on trees limbs, power outages and many feet of snow at one fell swoop. Once upon […]

Recovery Rockabye

  Recently I was sitting in a room with folks who are  healing from the insidious disease of addiction. Legal, emotional, financial and relational consequences faced them as a result. Some had been on the roller coaster ride for years with […]

Boundary Setting Tool Kit

  What if you had a tool kit that when accessed, could help you build a more peaceful, loving and fun relationship with anyone in your life? Would you use it?  Remember that you can have the shiniest tools in […]

Healing Wounds

Every day as I go out into the world, I am aware of walking in the midst of people who carry with them all sorts of traumas and scars; some as fresh as that day, some decades old and others ancestral, […]

prn Friends

When I was a kid, I remember my mother talking about people who were ‘fair weather friends'; only around in the good times and disappeared when the skies got cloudy. I was determined never to be that. I’ve done my […]

To Get What’s Broken Blessed

  “You know, people come to therapy really for blessing. Not so much to fix what’s broken, but to get what’s broken blessed.” ~James Hillman I saw this quote this morning and it echoes with the truth of what I […]

Too Many Tabs Open

  I am a consummate multi-tasker which I realized a few years ago as I was brushing my teeth with one hand and making my bed with the other. I have been known to speak on the phone and prepare […]

Wake Me Up

  I was listening to the radio on my way to one of my many jobs; this one working with folks in recovery from addictions. A song blasted on through my reverie as I was contemplating all of the tasks […]


  “Breathe. You don’t have to get everything done right now.” I saw this posting on Facebook and it beckoned me to allow it to introduce this entry since it was a response to a prayer. It’s 3:39 a.m. on […]

Whole and Holy

I  recently read something written by my friend Lee McCormick who is a cowboy-shaman-writer-teacher and director of an addictions recovery program based in Tennessee called The Ranch. “Traditionally Addictions treatment has focused on clients recovering so they can fit back […]


  Tonight as I was facilitating a support group at the drug and alcohol outpatient program where I work as a therapist, we were exploring the concept of surrender.  Many of the 12 steps that are the foundation of AA […]

Days of Awe

  In Judaism, the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are known as the ‘Days of Awe’ and they invite introspection on a grand scale. In my childhood, it meant going to synagogue for services that felt like […]

Walking With

  Tonight I interviewed David Bedrick for my show called It’s All About Relationships. He is a therapist who was trained in process oriented psychology and ‘meets clients where they are’, which is what I, as a social worker was […]

Auto Pilot

I was speaking with a retired pilot today and wanted to ask him a question I had wondered about for years that I had heard was so. Is an airplane off course much of the time and requires  moment by moment course correction […]

Filling Instead of Feeling

  As I was interviewing fertility advocate, and sex educator, Pamela Madsen on my Blog Talk Radio show called It’s All About Relationships, we were speaking about insatiablilty, eating disorders, body image and sexuality. She was mentioning the ways in […]

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Its cerulean blue, white puffy clouds behind a leaping and shouting high energy dude on the cover is the perfect welcome to the world of “Billy Fingers”, a nickname for William Cohen who died in a car accident a few years earlier.  What […]

Bully vs. Ally

  Tonight in my job as a therapist in a drug and alcohol oupatient treatment center, I facilitated my weekly Women’s Group. The topic of negative self talk came up and the ways in which it sabotagued their successes and […]

Routine and Ritual

  This morning as I was prepping to go to work, it occurred to me that I get dressed in the same order every day. Underwear, bra, pants, blouse/shirt/sweater, socks, shoes, jewelry, makeup, coat and gloves  (depending on the weather) and […]

Irrev Rev

Everyone should have a mentor; someone to inspire them, to challenge them, to hold them accountable and help them laugh their way through life challenges. I am blessed to have one such in the form of a British born, Brixton […]

Luscious Living

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life by Dawna Markova  I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open […]

Write It Out

                                                                                                                      “I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh This quote reached out and grabbed me by the heart when […]

Chatting Or Cheating

    What constitutes cheating in a relationship?  From the most blatant example of an all out under the covers romp to a so-called innocent flirtation with a co-worker that your partner or theirs doesn’t know about; the definition is […]


Like many spiritual practitioners, I chose to engage in a ritual to honor the numerologically auspicious date of 11/11/11 .  As timing would have it, I happened to be in Sedona, Arizona on Friday. In the midst of the Red Rocks vortices, […]

Ragewar and Blisspeace

                                                                                         A wise Facebook friend posted this on Sunday and it struck such a resonant chord in me that I needed to expand and expound on it here. Warning…it may get messy (:   “The most enlightened, awakened, present, […]


                                             There are times when a book reaches out and grabs the reader by the heart, head and gut all in one fell swoop; stirring up a myriad of emotion, causing a sense of wanting to turn away […]

Previous Posts

God Singing Through Us
"Don't die with your music still in you."-Wayne Dyer Another powerful dream this morning, the remnants of which linger as I am typing these words. I was in a rural setting with a group of adults and children. A mischievous little girl runs up ...

posted 9:34:23am Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Living in the Just Don't Know
"May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder." -John O'Donahue Tonight at dinner with my friend Chris, we were speaking about that nebulous place between here and there, one state of being and the next, ...

posted 8:18:31am Nov. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Being In The Flow of Life
Consider your life as it is right now.  Is it filled to overflowing with all that you desire, or does it feel dry and lacking in pizazz and juice? Take a moment to do an inventory of what you have going for you. Do you have a place to live ...

posted 10:10:21am Nov. 17, 2015 | read full post »

What Would Yoda Say?
Although he is a fictional character created by Muppeteers Frank Oz and Jim Henson, Yoda remains my favorite little green sage. His wisdom is exemplary and in his death, he melted back into the Force, as I believe we all do. One of the most ...

posted 5:01:42pm Nov. 16, 2015 | read full post »

In the End Only Kindness Matters
Today is World Kindness Day. As it is celebrated, it allows people around the globe to connect heart to heart. There are times when people feel disconnected from each other and themselves. I am convinced that it is at the core of war. It is at ...

posted 5:32:22pm Nov. 13, 2015 | read full post »


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