UNDER THE LOTUS TREE

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“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, sending a love letter to the world.”  – Mother Teresa There’s not much difference between you and me. We … Continue reading

Featured · 8 Comments

To My Students …

Four years ago, I was one thread away from severing 17 years plus a college degree in teaching.  I almost quit teaching … I almost quit you.  The world calls … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 8 Comments

Honoring T1 Heroes

Originally posted on Upside Down Plane:
On August 2nd, 2013, I was happily playing Pokémon cards with my 8-year old son on the living room floor. 24 hours later, I was standing…

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Missing Ingredient in Happy

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Gift of Suffering

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”  – Rumi Over our morning coffee, I asked my husband, “So, how long have we been married now – 11 years … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Truth #12: The plumpest dog wins.

“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 5 Comments

Type 1 Letter to the World

I am a Type 1 Mother, and this is my letter to you:  To the non-diabetics: I don’t want your pity, your fear, or your advice. I don’t want your … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 23 Comments

Truth #11: The lotus grows through its mud, and so do you.

“I love the lotus because, even while growing from mud, it is unstained.” – Zhou Dunyi Painting by Lisa Agaran (http://artbylisaagaran.com/) The lotus flower grows (and grows and grows, possibly … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Inexplicable Karma

“If you’re really a mean person, you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop.”  Kurt Cobain Back in the 90’s, Kurt Cobain was one of my heroes.  He … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Tragedy of Normalcy

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures and beauty that we can have if only we … Continue reading

October 5, 2013 · 9 Comments

To the Four-Leggeds:

To the four-leggeds — the impeccably loyal, wildly funny, intensely loving four-leggeds: You demonstrate the art of selfless, patient listening as you sit by our feet, ears flickering and head … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

When the Clouds Collapse

“Every problem and moment of suffering is an opportunity to learn, evolve, and give thanks. Whether that opportunity is wasted or embraced is up to you.” My universe paused this … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 14 Comments

Bipartisan Spirits

“If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Most people think their way is the … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Disease of Doing

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  – Socrates  There is an epidemic in the industrial world that is accepted, embraced, and nearly revered by most of us. Do you … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 8 Comments

Why Your Happiness Matters to the Rest of Us

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.”   – Robert Pirsig Do you strive to make the world a better (not worse!) place? … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 6 Comments

Truth #10: You are the master and the captain.

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”   – William Earnest Henley If you are old enough to read this, then your life is … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Body We Never See

“The human body is the best work of art.” ― Jess C. Scott  I used to be a size 2.  A flat hard tummy came to me with literally no work at … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Teacher With Too Many Nerve Endings

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”  ― Tahereh Mafi I was born with too many … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · 3 Comments
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