Happiness

The rite of self-compasssion. July 05, 2015

Why is it so easy to have compassion for others, yet so difficult to have it for ourselves? Personally, I am the first one to kick myself when I’m down. However, the other day when I was going through a rough patch, I found self-compassion. My emotions took me for a ride, and were it not for my clear intent to […]

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Raise a cup for life. June 14, 2015

Bea was my mother’s friend from when they were little girls. My mom passed away about eight years ago, but she and Bea (and twelve of their friends) all knew each other since kindergarten. I grew up in New York City, but remember always hearing about Bea, because she had moved to Boston. She was a […]

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Take a chill pill. June 07, 2015

Yesterday, I lay down for a few minutes. I was weary, and realized how hard I’ve been pushing myself. While lying there, the melody from the Paul Simon song American Tune popped into my mind, along wit the lyrics, “Still tomorrow’s going to be another working day, and I’m trying to get some rest. That’s all I’m […]

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Catching life’s signals. May 31, 2015

Driving is such a great metaphor for our life’s journey. I was reminded of this several times during the last few days. The first time I was driving on the highway when suddenly a huge traffic jam appeared just down the road. Not completely shocked, as this has happened before in that location I quickly got off at […]

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A hunch? Or an emotion? What’s the difference? May 25, 2015

In preparation for my radio campaign to promote Finding Zoe I found myself preparing to answer that question. Many of the characters in the story had a gut feeling about Zoe—and acted on it—and as a result, she was led home. They had lots of emotions, as well, as we all do. So how is […]

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On the road with Finding Zoe. April 28, 2015

My heart was so opened. Watching Zoe play football with her birth father BJ, whom she hadn’t seen in eight years, see her birth mom, Jess, whom she also hadn’t seen in years, and watching her meet her half-sister Adelynne for the very first time. She saw her loving foster mother, Lois, who signed to her […]

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Looking for Perfection. April 04, 2015

I used to be a perfectionist, always needing to be perfect, never thinking I was good enough, trying to prove to myself that just being me was okay. It’s been a process to be able to accept myself, as it is for most people. The wonderful thing is that, now that I know I’m ok, […]

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No day like today. March 15, 2015

Today was a very long day. How easy it would be to just close my eyes and let it slip away, like all the other days I’ve kissed goodbye. But I finally get it: There will never be another day like today. I didn’t win the lottery or land a new project. No cuddling up with a good book […]

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What is happiness? March 08, 2015

    Recently, I auditioned for the “Listen To Your Mother” event that will be taking place soon in cities around the country. I was extremely proud of the piece I auditioned that was about my journey to motherhood, and wanted more than anything to be chosen to perform it at the event. When I […]

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Achieving our goals can wait. February 22, 2015

Do you know those times in life when nothing definitive seems to be happening? No resounding YES! You nailed it! Go with THAT one! Despite everything you’re doing, things just don’t seem to be falling into place. This describes my life the past couple weeks. I’ve experienced the opposite—when hard work and focus brought quick results. But now, after […]

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