Our Life As A River.

How is your life like a river? Who do you thank? They say that we can never go home again. I’ve always wondered about that and over the years have come to understand that we are like rivers. “No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.” Your river had …

Why Were You Not Your True Vocation?

Vocation: your deep gladness meets world’s deep need. Are you there? What a long time it can take to find out who you’ve always been, that deep identity, that true self who came here with a true vocation. Frederick Buechner says of vocation: “It’s the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” …

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

What is happiness? And do you notice it? What is happiness? In the closing pages of his short book of musings, A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut offered me an unexpected image of happiness I carry with me to this very day: Here’s Vonnegut: “But I had a good uncle, my late Uncle Alex. …

When is it lying or storytelling, and how do we know?

Question: What is the difference between storytelling and lying? For the answer I’m turning to an interview with Diane Setterfield, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, Bellman & Black, and my favorite, Once Upon a River. Setterfield when asked about the difference said this, “Storytelling is a way of telling …

My Life As Compost

How did I begin thinking about my life as compost? Well, I had a lot of garbage in my life: betrayals, incest, losses, adversities, failures, and set-backs. What do you do with all that? I was one of the lucky ones who found story. I was offered chances by people who knew the secret of …

Women Of A Certain Age. Really???

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” [Satchel Paige] What does matter is all this chatter about “women of …

Time Out: Practice STOP’ing.

Feeling agitated, anxious and crabby about this thing or that I remembered to practice STOP’ing, and I thought it might be helpful to share with you. STOP is a quick and easy technique to take a mindful pause during your daily activities, especially if you are feeling stressed or impatient. It doesn’t necessarily change anything …

Seasons of Sobriety podcast episodes

Addiction takes place in isolation. Seasons of Sobriety is an on-message slice of recovery that bears listening for all of us on the journey of life. Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on …

60 Seconds Lighthouses Don’t Chase Boats

Lighthouses don’t chase boats; why do you chase clients? Is there a better way? Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. I volunteer as a docent at Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Back in the days …

60 Seconds Story Prompt Friday What Do You Love

We interrupt the news to say: the heart is an organ of fire. What do you love? What draws you to it? Tell that story and hang on to the truth. Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with several questions carefully chosen to help you collect …