The Smell of Fresh Mulch

In Reverence of Spring. I’m in New England it’s early May - Spring coolness, brown fuzz-dust Fairy dust garden workings - All the hedges, trees, gardens, are nourished once again with protective coverings of mulch. - A blower sounds; the landscapers are head down, working hard. - Everything looks cleaned up. - Green flowers blowing … Continue reading The Smell of Fresh Mulch

A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

I survived. I was eating while trying to back out of my parking spot It was the morning I was heading to work In a rush - And a piece of my Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart Crumbled And fell off my lip Bounced into the open lip of my boot and was Eaten by … Continue reading A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation

What happened when I wrote a “letter of appreciation” to someone’s manager. I have found that voicing my appreciation to the people in my life reinforces their favorable behaviors. Furthermore, it builds their self-esteem, makes me feel good, and strengthens our bond. Verbalizing your appreciation to family, friends, and members of your community can have a … Continue reading Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation

Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

“Miss Rumphius” taught me about humble acts of kindness. As I prepare to give birth to my first child — a little girl — in June, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is reading books together. I love the experience of being read aloud to. I love listening to someone else’s voice shape the words in … Continue reading Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Therapy, Dogs, and Medication. 1. Therapy I’ve been meeting with a therapist regularly for almost 10 years, and it has greatly helped me to manage my feelings of anxiety. For me, anxiety would build when I kept my fears and worries trapped inside. In my mind, without the necessary space to be released, these fears … Continue reading My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

A Psalm written in honor of Easter: Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Author’s Note: In my “Joy Bible Study” program this semester here in Lexington, Massachusetts at Grace Chapel, we’ve been studying the Psalms in the Bible. I’m a born-again Christian, and I’ve found a lot of strength, beauty, and healing in text of the Psalms. They … Continue reading Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

Why Self-Reliance Is Not The Solution For Emotional Health

A balance of self, God, and others all matter. Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or doctor. I write purely from the perspective of my own mental health experiences, therapy, relationships, healing, recovery, teaching and research, and want to comment on what I see as a recurring theme in the media around the promotion of emotional … Continue reading Why Self-Reliance Is Not The Solution For Emotional Health