Relationship with Self

Note to self: Be your own lover, be your own best friend. Be your own parent, be your own therapist. Treat yourself as you treat your dearest darling children. See your golden light. Tap into your joy. Encourage your own splendor. Buy yourself the best chocolate. Have your favorite things on hand. Give yourself money…

The Storm and the Ocean Mother

Come to me with all that you are, child. Show me how you feel with strength and boldness and wildness and clarity. I can hold it all, child. I can hold all of YOU. Show me what you feel and I will remain calm, huge, wide, caring. I will not be offended. I will not…

The Tiger-Roaring Rose Dance

I want to tell you a story about my daughter, Rose. She just turned 12 years old. I remember the day she was born. I remember before she was born, the fierce tiger longing in me to be the best, most loyal, loving, dedicated mama I could be to this creature I had yet to…

When Grey Comes to Visit

Here I am again. I haven’t written for sometime, partly because October was a slumpy month for me.  My mood was slumpy.  Not drastically dark, but veering towards grey. I tried various things to shake it.  Chocolate, red wine, a hamburger (and considering I’ve been mostly vegan for nearly 2 years, this was a dramatic…

This Being Alive Thing

Just start to write. Write something. Yes, another cup of caffeine might help, but can you just sit down and write? I want to say a perfect thing, a brilliant thing, a funny and/or insightful thing. Write.  Just write. Okay, I am writing.  I am doing it.  The words are appearing as my fingers hit…

Hello out there

It seems that I am starting a blog and the name of it is Sparkle and Zest. I am here to share the things in my life that bring me joy, the things that are naturally beautiful and eye-catching. I am also here to dig, to look carefully and with curiosity: if I pick up…