When the Walls Fall Down

13 years ago, at a Zen monastery in Japan, I found out I was pregnant. Makes a pretty good opening line to a story, doesn’t it? Haha! I had been living and training there for nearly 5 years. It was the day after our monthly osesshin (7 day retreat). My period was late. I was…

Chasing the Perfect Birthday

My sweet girl will be seven soon. I felt myself get choked up over that fact while eating a bowl of oatmeal this morning. But the reason my throat got caught with tears in the middle of breakfast wasn’t about her getting older.  It wasn’t because I felt overwhelmed with the passage of time or…

Life Lessons from a 2 Year-Old

There are days when I want a break from everything. Like today, for example. When I want someone else to convince my two-year old to wear a diaper when we go out, because the resistance she puts up to it is LOUD, and I am out of creative ways to respond to her. And can…