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…

Joy Stepping Stones

Note to self: Do what excites you, they say, follow your bliss. Follow the fun, follow the Joy, do what delights you– is it as simple as it seems?— to know how to, to remember how to, to give yourself permission to: tune in to Your Joy (big and little, large and small) Remember who…

Manifesto

Hello All– We are a Radical Unschooling family— We Believe: Children are People, who deserve to be given care, respect, guidance, support, and connection. Children’s opinions and feelings are valid and valuable. One of children’s main purposes is to PLAY and be celebrated and supported in their play. Play is one bold way for them…

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…

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…

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…

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…