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Consciousness around this energy shift

There is a different feeling in the air. The energy has shifted dramatically. Spring/summer is full-on and people are outside, and planting, and shopping for flowers, and meeting up with fr...

Grief in all its wondrous aspects

A man I loved recently died back in Maine. This man was a major part of my life and that of my kids, and he died way too young at 67. His death has impacted many, especially his daughters an...

To go or not to go, that is the question

Getting the two vaccine shots were such momentous occasions for me. As the vaccine went into my arm, I visualized it traveling around in my system and submerging itself into my v...

End-of-life issues challenging despite the law

A man I’ve known for several years recently chose to use the Medical Aid in Dying/End of Life Options Act to end his life. He was an older man, riddled with illness, a perfect ca...

Surprising and subtle effects of COVID-19

I was watching “The Crown” the other evening and for a split second thought, “Nobody’s wearing masks, and they’re all gathering too closely together!” It startled me that I’m so used to livi...

The sweetest gift – from me and to me!

It all just sort of happened. The news that my granddaughter had to begin her high school years online instead of in person devastated me. I remember how fun high school was – the crushes, t...

Will hope and beauty and being present get us through?

November is the cruelest month. It is the month when people I’ve known and loved have died. The clocks change and now it’s dark at 6. COVID-19 is still rampant with no end in sig...

The COVID-19 test: Confusion, frustration and gratitude

I had a COVID-19 test! It was negative, so I can breathe a sigh of relief. But the process of deciding to have the test, alerting people I had been with and the never-ending wait for the res...

What have you learned about yourself during this pandemic?

At one of those BYOB/backyard, socially distanced happy hours, a friend asked the question: “What have you learned about yourself during this pandemic?” I thought it was a brilliant question...

2020: A season of loss

It truly is a season of loss. Loss of our freedom and casualness to just come and go as we please. It’s a loss of seeing people we love and groups of people we’re used to meeting with. It’s ...

A rallying cry for our health and the community’s health

Sadly, I fear that we are experiencing another division between us during this pandemic. There is political discord, racial inequity, economic disparity, differences in the care ...

Can this time of uncertainty lead to transformation?

What if ... we chose to see this virus moment and this people’s revolt as an opening – a moment long enough to see ourselves, see the systems we’ve lived under for so long, and see our cultu...