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HOW TO HANDLE THE MUD OF LIFE

‘Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? ~Lao Tzu Great question … um … sometimes? Maybe? Not really? Yes? It depends right? Are you in a burning building? If so then hell no you’re not going to wait for shit to settle down! You’re going to get the F out of there. But what if your partner, friend, child, employee, or family member does something you don’t like? Are you going to fly off the handle and toss around F bombs like a salty sailor? Because Lord knows I’ve been there…but I was always too chicken to  ...

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KINDNESS WITH GRIEF – TWO WAYS TO HELP

I’m sitting at Busboys and Poets, a”cultural hub where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.” I’m surrounded not only by this beautiful vision of the establishment but also by an awesome array of conscious cuisine, amazing art, and inspirational quotes. A true creative’s haven. Originally this trip to Virginia was planned because I was running the Richmond Marathon, but after being diagnosed with a significant stress fracture in my heel, the trip has morphed into something bigger. My injury allowed me to put my energy elsewhere and to be  ...

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I AM NO LONGER BEING QUIET ABOUT THIS

I’m angry. I’m angry that in 2018 there is so much discrimination in this world and that there is so much fear and hate for our neighbors, friends, and fellow human beings. As election day rapidly approaches, I am particularly bothered by the Vote “No” on 3 campaign that is happening in Massachusetts. For those of you unaware what question three is, a “yes” vote would preserve the existing law that went into effect in 2016 prohibiting discrimination in public places on the basis of gender identity. A “no” vote would repeal the law allowing  ...

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WHAT THIS CAN DO FOR YOU AND IN TURN FOR OTHERS

One bitterly cold April morning back in 2016 I was trekking through the icy, wooded trails of Scorton Creek in East Sandwich. Kindness was the furthest thing from my mind. This happened to be a transitional time in my life as I had recently left my career at New England Organ Bank – essentially abandoning my identity as a nurse. It was a difficult but necessary decision. I had lost the joy in my life and was working hard to heal the emotional hemorrhage from my heart. A series of past traumatic events had left me questioning, months earlier, whether life was worth living. I would  ...

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LISTEN TO YOUR HEART STRINGS

His name is Cory. He is young and I would guess he is about my age in his mid to late thirties. He is always wearing dark pants, a puffy, navy blue bomber jacket, baseball cap, and a red backpack slung sideways across his back. He walks with his hands stuffed inside his pockets; his head slightly down. There’s a sadness; a heaviness to his gait as he walks down the sidewalk-less, narrow, and curvy road toward town. I’ve passed him dozens and dozens of times as I drive my littlest one to and from preschool. I’ve always wondered what his story is. Who is this man? Is he  ...

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THIS MAN

Yesterday I went to an amazing conference entitled “The Habits of Stress-Resilient People.” It was sponsored by the Institute for Brain Potential and given by psychologist Dr. Dennis Marikis. We covered topics such as resilience, empathy, stress, mindfulness, and vulnerability. I had signed up in order to get some continuing education credits for my nursing license, but what I got in return was priceless.  You know when you get to laugh, cry, be humbled, and inspired you are getting some good shit. And that was only the first six hours of my day! After the conference ended I  ...