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Hunting Fear

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” (C. JoyBell C.) A Message from “the Gods” In my reading the other day, I stumbled onto a short piece about the Gaelic god, Cernnunos. Not much about him has survived to […]

Hope from Knowledge

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”  (Anne Lamott) A Room with a Desk When I was growing up, I used to dream about having an antique […]

Beading and Un-Beading Relationships

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” (Henry Winkler) Simple, But Not Easy As mentioned in this space previously, I’ve been doing some beading lately. I love how easy it is to make something beautiful with beads. The patterns look so complicated. It’s an illusion. Beading is not difficult. It does take a shifting of expectations […]

Lessons from a Moonshiner

“She’s ketchable, but not fetchable.” (The last law enforcement officer to try to arrest moonshiner Mahala Mullins) Talking to Dead People After my mother passed away in 2014 and I started learning more about our hidden family origins, I became a lot more comfortable talking with who I imagine to be our ancestors. I’ve done […]

Trading Snow Globes

  “Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” (Nat Turner) Zillennial Gifts I completed the educational part of my counselor training in 1999. The landscape of mental health looked notably different at that time. My daughter’s micro-generation, the “Zillennials”, had just been born. They had quite a lot to teach us. The particular […]