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Shining Star Syndrome

This past week, I had the opportunity to encounter a persona who developed in childhood. I call her ‘the shining star’. She loved, loved, loved being in the spotlight, partly since she was so much of the time. Adults used […]

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Befriending Uncertainty

I woke up this morning in eager anticipation of two big gatherings this week. Tomorrow I will be trekking to NYC to participate in The Good Men Project (GMP Live) story telling  event. The theme is Arrivals and Departures. I […]

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Light Bypass

  My friend, author, therapist and philosopher Jeff Brown has a bunch of wisdom to offer; born of both pain and pleasure. He spins out word fusions and mental meanderings like only few I have ever seen. Today was no exception. He […]

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Letting Go Again- Book Review

  What is it like for a high school student in the 1970’s to discover she is pregnant as a result of unprotected sex with her sweetheart who then hides the truth from her family and friends until it is too […]

Pump Up The Volume

Having just returned from a workshop called Fearless Relating, facilitated by my friends Reid Mihalko and Monique Darling, I am awhirl with all kinds of ideas and awash in emotion. In the re-entry process, I am integrating what feels like […]

Professional Reader

It’s clear that I am a professional writer. It is my right livelihood work that brings me such joy that it is sometimes overwhelming. I’m grateful that The Muse sees fit to shower me with ideas at all hours of […]

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 […]

Sara’s Smiles- Lift The Cloud, Inspire The Joy

  The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event that heralds the coming of Spring. This Winter weary woman who hadn’t attended in decades, was eager to immerse in beauty. Little did I know that it would go far beyond […]

Inhaling and Exhaling

Breathing is necessary in order to sustain our corporeal existence. Inhaling and exhaling, over and over. The average human takes 12 breaths per minute which comes out to 17,280 each day. This doesn’t factor in times of exercise. It is […]

For the Highest Good

Every day, people turn their minds and hearts to prayer for themselves and others. Regardless of spiritual orientation or faith tradition, it becomes a lifeline to the God of their understanding. We humans are born, live, have experiences; some joyful, […]

How We Grieve

  “When my Guru died in 1973, I assumed that because of the important part he played in my life, and the love I felt for him, I would be inundated with grief. Surprisingly, I was not. In time, I […]

Hugging It Out

    An image that has gone viral is one of vivid beauty and penetrating humanity. A tearful African American child in the midst of a rally over the death of someone else’s son and a riot gear attired White […]

On Wings

  Four years ago, at this moment, an event was in the process of taking place that would change my life as I knew it. My mother was in the ‘birth canal’ on her way to her new life. A few […]

Abby’s Light

  When a light comes into the world, we hope that it will last indefinitely, knowing that eventually it will fade. When a child is born, a parent doesn’t expect that his or her light will diminish before it has […]

Thank You for Being A Friend

Filled with gratitude this morning for one of the greatest gifts in this or any lifetime…..friendship. I have always been blessed with sweet and supportive souls who mostly get my quirky ways of being and my sometimes outrageous and colorful […]

Life Smoothie

In conversation with my flight attendant friend Jewelee Landis, about whom I have written many times over the years, we were musing about life being like a smoothie. She, like most of us, wears many hats.  Hers- wife, mom, daughter, […]

56 Blissings

Tomorrow is my 56th birthday. Never in a million years, would I have imagined a life as mine is now…and yet, I obviously co-created it with the Divine. S/he and I have all kinds of conversations thinking up sometimes absurd […]

Child’s Play

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my childhood experiences, almost in a life review format. Chalk it up to turning 56 in a few weeks. I grew up in a two parent household, with a younger sister born 2 1/2 years […]

Shakin’ My Tree

Listening to a song I first heard a few years ago during a reception for a couple whose wedding I had officiated.  Youssou Ndour  and Peter Gabriel rocked the joint with their song called Shaking The Tree. It wasn’t until […]

When I Was A Boy

I have been following a thread on a group Facebook page  for The Good Men Project  that was prompted by a video I had posted that showed a young woman being harassed by two young men while she was walking home […]

Foolish Notion

    Lately I have been rolling through my mind thoughts about origin of violence in the world. I saw a video recently in which Whoopie Goldberg was explaining a statement she had made that it was okay for a […]

Tortoise and Hare

Feeling a bit like a newborn today. Up a lot last night, sleeping fitfully. Uncertain as I enter into my greatly modified routine; starting to see clients again today. I feel too like I imagine I did on my second […]

Broken Plates

  When I was a kid, there was an adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”  It was a well meaning piece of guidance so that we could slough off harsh words, cast about […]

Family Legacy

  This weekend, I had the ultimate joy of officiating at the wedding of a young cousin as he married the love of his life whom he had met 9 years earlier in the New Jersey shore town of Wildwood. […]

Passing By

Time is fleeting, as I have experienced in the 5 and half decades I have lived on this planet (in this incarnation at least). Some of those I love are no longer in body, but the connection is inicstricably enmeshed […]

Making The Ordinary Come Alive

  I became an adoptive parent in 1992, when diminutive blond haired, green eyed Adam became my son. I like to say that my stretch marks are on my heart, not my hips. A high energy kiddo with his own […]

Is It In The DNA?

  I awoke early this morning after being in bed most of the day yesterday with the “I don’t feel like getting out of my pj’s chant (not blues:)” rambling through my brain. On top of that, I was experiencing […]

Where Did God Come From?

  Yesterday I posted an article for another site for which I write, called The Good Men Project. The title is: Is God Really An Old White Dude Sitting On A Cloud in Heaven? I know it sounds controversial and may […]

Go Take A Bath!

Heads up, parents!  When was the last time you took a bath, not just to cleanse your bod, but for inner hygiene as well? So many of us are on the go, taking care of the little ones (no matter […]

He Likes To Love

  Sometimes words tickle me to such a point that I get the giggles and need to share them, partly because they are so contagious (the words and the giggles) and because I can’t hold them in. Such was the […]

Offline

  Almost an entire day off line…imagine that. Here in Pennsylvania, we had a major ice storm on top of about 8 inches of what was white fluffy stuff, now coated with frosting that would make Cake Boss Buddy Valastro […]

Love Is Always Louder!

  One of my favorite young wise men, Robby Novak (a.k.a Kid President) is at it again. He has created a new video called To A Person On Their First Day Here.  As always, he is filled with enthusiasm and […]

Strands Of Glitter

  On October 13th, 2013,  I reached the double nickels birthday as I crossed the threshold into my 56th spin ar0und the sun. When I approached my 50th, I was so excited to join AARP. Most people look at you […]

Ageless Beauty

“I Am Not Old”I am not old.. she said I am rare.I am the standing ovation… At the end of the play.I am the retrospective Of my life as artI am the hours Connected like dots Into good senseI am […]

The Day My Life Changed

  It is 7:44 a.m.  on December 21, 2013. Fifteen years ago at this moment, I was in the midst of  a maelstrom of emotion that threatened to suck me down into its swirling vortex. Sitting in the MRICU  (Medical Respiratory […]

Break In

photo: www.rawforbeauty.com This image jumped out at me this morning since it reflects an example that I use with the clients I counsel at an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. Many of them harbor thoughts that are damaging and […]

Nurturing Healing Love

  Most of my TV watching takes place while I am at the gym and today  I was ‘moved’ as I was moving on the elliptical by something that was laid out before me on the screen.  Scarlett Lewis was speaking […]

Eternal Love

  I was blessed to have had parents who adored each other. ‘Eternal sweethearts’ is the way I perceive them 5 1/2 years after my father’s passing in April of 2008 and  3 years last week since my mother joined […]

S’Mores In Heaven

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.”—Richard Bach   This is an excerpt from my book: The Bliss […]

Alchemical Gratitude

  At the end of awesome weekend filled with spiritual sustenance, I am listening to  folk- rock queen- Lucinda Williams belting out Get Right With God in which she goes through a slew of deprivations and painful practices that some […]

Once Upon A Time

  I have long had a love affair with words. When I was a kid, I would tote around Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss’ wisdom and Highlights Magazines. The library up the street was my haven where my mother would […]

One White Feather

“The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still.”- T-28.I.11:1  A Course in Miracles I am a firm believer in miracles and messages from the Beyond. Nothing the least bit cosmic foo- foo about it. I […]

National S’mores Day!

  Did you know that today is National S’mores Day?  It came as a delightful surprise to me as I was perusing August holidays on line. A childhood treat that brings back memories of campfires and sing a longs and […]

Making Memories

“Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.”-Thomas Fuller In the 5th decade of my life, my mind and heart are repositories for all sorts of […]

House Rules

Earlier in the week, I posed this question on Facebook and was amazed by the responses that came in. Wanting to cull the collective wisdom here again, since you all had such brilliant ideas when I asked a question earlier […]

What’s The Matter Here?

  I was following a thread on Facebook that began with this question from radio host DeBora M. Ricks: “Should we spank our children? Is spanking ever the best discipline option? If you care about children, about how we’re treating […]

Time In A Bottle

  As I was sitting in a wooden pew, a few rows behind my best friend Barb and her family; we honored the life and passing of her father, Ralph. A little more than a month earlier, we were gathered around […]

Good Orderly Direction

  I woke up at early o’clock this morning; my mind abuzz with all of the things I need to do, which include writing articles, being interviewed on a Jamaica based, Blog Talk Radio show at noon est,  called Between The […]

Full Up

I’m sure you’ve heard the question:  Is the the glass half full or half empty? The response you give might indicate if  you are an optimist or pessimist in terms of the way you view life and the circumstances you […]

Jedi In Training

I am proud to be a Star Wars geek. I watched all of the episodes, although I do have a special place in my heart for the first three released in the later 70’s-early 80’s. The first movie entitled Episode IV  […]

Sally Up The Alley

Today, my darling mother would have been 89 years old…hard to imagine at times. Even harder to wrap my mind around the idea that she has been in Spirit for 2  1/2 years. She ‘left the building’ (kinda like Elvis […]

Fried Matzah

Tonight is the first night of Passover; the annual holiday in the Jewish religion that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. Most who are reading this may be familiar with the Hollywood-ized version in the movie The Ten Commandments or those who […]

Praying With God

  It came to me a few days ago as I was sitting in services at Circle of Miracles that perhaps praying to God is not the same thing as praying with God, since for me, God is not an […]

Daddy’s Girl

  Before the sun has peeked its late Winter’s beams from behind clouds and the stars have melted back into the black, I am offering Birthday greetings to a man who would have been 89 today.   A fitting time to be […]

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 […]

Self Esteem Ice Cream

Several years ago, I was working as a guidance counselor in the Quakertown, PA school district (K-6) and once a week met with a group of 5th grade girls who, like most tweens, had issues around self image and the […]

Roots Go Deep

Today I experienced an inevitable life event; the funeral of a dear cousin whose mother and my grandmother were sisters; two of the thirteen Bernstein siblings who grew up in Philadelphia in the last century. Ron and my mother were […]

Love of Learning

  Reading has always been one of my favorite activities; since my childhood obsession with books. Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss and Highlights Magazine lined book shelves in our house. Trips to the library and book stores were welcome treats. […]

Are You In Love?

Love is a birthing and sustaining Force, the impetus for all creation, the companion on the life path that we all traverse. We are taught that it looks a certain way and reflects particular types of relationships. It is my […]

Blessed Bigtime

The morning after Thanksgiving, fingers tapping out a flowing rhythm on the keyboard, I am basking in the glow of a clean house that continues to reverberate with the laughter and love that filled it yesterday. Family of choice crossed […]

HUGS from the HeART

    Enter the world of huggably heart felt Robin Schwoyer whose work in the world was introduced to me by a mutual friend. She wears many hats as you will clearly see when you dive into this interview that will […]

The Miracle of Love

  I saw this video, called The Miracle of Love this morning by one of my favorite musical divas; Annie Lennox. When I get my hair cut, I often ask for it be styled like hers, since it has a wild […]

Goofy Stuff

I grew up in a goofy family, with silliness, play, fun and frolic being a staple of our South Jersey suburban, two parent, two kid,  goldfish, turtles and dog, over the years, sometimes grandmothers, and extended family -visiting home. Laughter rang […]

Another Turn Around The Sun

  This morning, 54 years ago, my mother was likely looking like a Jiffy Pop container, belly out to here, ready to burst. It was the day before I was about to make my appearance in this earthly incarnation. She […]

The Way

Just finished watching a movie that my son has been encouraging me to view for the past few months. “It’s your kind of movie, Mom,” insisted my 25 year old cynic, who pretends not to be spiritual, but secretly, I […]

Innocence

How many people could look into the eyes of an infant and not see innocence? Conversely, how many look into our adult eyes through our adult eyes and see something less than whole and holy? I am raising my hand […]

Answers From The Great Beyond

    A few days ago, I experienced what author and speaker SQuire Rushnell refers to as a God Wink (a confirmation from the Divine that we are on the right track)  as I was driving on the very same road  […]

Ridiculously Amazing

On Sunday, my 25 year old son Adam told me he had a surprise for me on the passenger seat of his car. When I looked in, I discovered a t-shirt with the words Make Today Ridiculously Amazing embellishing it .  I […]

The Other Side of Fear

Fear is a funny thing….both ha-ha funny and strange funny. It sneaks up on me in ways that I had never expected and in circumstances I had never considered. I have been able to laugh in its false face, once […]

One Soul, One Love, One Heart

Both gentle and direct, this latest book by John Welshons beckons the reader to explore the nature of all of their relationships, from those with children and friends, to romantic partners and God, to the woman or man in the […]

The Gratitude Game

Although I am abundantly aware of an atty-tood of gratitude throughout my day, this morning I was invited into its welcoming presence by facebook friend Kim Summers who says she plays The Gratitude Game with her children while tucking them […]

Keep Me In Your Heart

  A few days I ago, I had an epiphany in a supermarket aisle as a display of Mothers’  Day cards caught my eye. Their vivid imagery, filled with colorful flowers, ribbons and bows reached out to me and a […]

Bunny Tails

  Growing up in a Jewish household, Easter was not a religious holiday, but rather, a cultural experience, since most of our neighbors were Christian. My parents welcomed opportunities for my sister Jan and me to immerse in the traditions […]

Walking Each Other Home

“We’re all just walking each other home.”-Ram Dass On March 27, 1924 a child was born to Henrietta and Edward Hirsch. Her name was Selma Rose and in the midst of a large extended family, which included an adoring older […]

What Your Soul Sings

Woke up a few days ago to this song that I had never heard before. It echoed with the thoughts that I most needed to hear at the moment (of course, since I sense that the Universe always provides what […]

Smart and Curious

On my way home from work recently, I stopped at a local supermarket to pick up a few items. I am a consummate people watcher who enjoys observing interactions between folks. I noticed a mother and her adorable 4 or […]

Everyday Miracles

  My friend Kayla Finlay is a walking, talking miracle. Having healed from cancer and lost children to miscarriage and watching another  of her five children face challenges with a condition called Gardner Syndrome, which is a form of cancer, […]

Wake Up Call

  Each morning before lifting my head from the pillow and crawling out from beneath cozy covers, these words run through my mind: “Modeh Ani Lefanecha Melech Chai Vekayam Shehechezarta Be Nishmati Bechemla; Rabba Emunatecha. I offer thanks to You, […]

Love Makes A Family

  Last week, my friends Jenny and David posted this beautiful video on my  Facebook page and I knew I had to write about it for the Bliss Blog. Families come in all configurations. I was raised by two heterosexual […]

Saying Kaddish

  In two days, (11/26/11)  I will honor the first anniversary of my mom’s passing. Thanksgiving 2010 marked the last time I heard my mother’s voice, but not the last time I told her I loved her and would into […]

Empowered

                                                                       As I write these words, I am the grateful recipient of something I often take for granted and of  which many others in my area are still experiencing the absence…electrical power. A freak Halloween weekend snowstorm here on […]

What A Difference A Year Makes

                                                                                           Today I was musing with my friend Cindy, that a year ago marks the last time I saw my mother prior to her passing on November 26, 2010.  Halloween weekend had me heading southward to sunny South Florida […]

Fall Down Five Times, Get Up Six

                                                                         I was thinking about my father Moish, (who passed in 2008) the other day as I was telling a friend about the way he always encouraged us to excel at whatever it was that we chose to do. My father […]

The Blessings Already Are

                                                   As Spirit often does, it guided me to attend services, this past Sunday at one of the interfaith communities of which I am a part. I was delighted to disover that Lou Tenaglia was what we call the […]

Riptide

                                             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 […]

Birth Pangs

                                                    Last week, I sent  my ‘first best seller’ called The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary to my publisher, with an Autumn release date in the works. Divine timing since I was born then […]

Dad-ication

                                                                        This Sunday will mark the 3rd Father’s Day without the physical presence of ‘the tough South Philly street corner kid’ (5th and Wolf and 4th and Ritner for those who also grew up with an attytood:)  who was really a marshmallow, […]

Upgrade

                                                                  Writing this post as I am sitting in the terminal of the Ft. Lauderdale airport en route to Philadelphia after an end-of-an-era experience of, as one friend referred to it “dismantling my parents’ lives”.  My Dad died in 2008 […]

The Tao Of Motherhood

  Imagine taking the comfort-filled nurturing of Mother-Love and condensing it down to 81 endowments from the Tao Te Ching, repurposing them and offering them back into the world in a new form as a gift to mothers. Author of […]

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I am a Force of Nature. So are you. So is everyone else on the planet. We are affected by the moon, the tides, the barometric pressure. When the winter comes and the sun isn't as visible, people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (aptly ...

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What Sustains You?
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”- Julian of Norwich In your darkest, most frightening moments, what sustains you? What has you knowing that all is well?  For me, it is a deep spiritual ...

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      My first book called The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary came into the world in 2011, not quite like Venus fully formed from sea foam, but rather resembling a human baby, ...

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