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“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” ―Pablo Neruda Although she held out as long as she could, Spring has finally made her grand appearance — even up here on our little mountain. The front yard is littered with bright purple violets + golden dandelions. Our flowering bushes (which…

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The Button Tin

My grandmother collected buttons in a red and yellow tin. As a girl, I played with those buttons for hours and hours and hours. I sorted them by size, by shape, and by colour. I named them. I made them into families. I knew which ones were friends and which ones didn’t like each other.…

Losing a Pet

For the past two weeks I’ve been intensely struggling with Mika’s death. Long story short, she was my baby. I raised her from a tiny kitten. I considered her a daughter and not a pet. She was an inside/outside cat. She was a hunter. Sometimes she would go away all day, but she always came…

Be Like Water

My new mantra came to me during my Monday morning meditation: Be like water. It was during my first reading of the Tao Te Ching, that I realized the true supremacy of water. Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. —Tao Te Ching I…

Finding Beauty & Strength in Pain

October has always been one of my favorite months. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Autumn in New Jersey is gorgeous—the air smells crisp & sweet, of wonderful things like apple cider, pumpkin pie, & fallen leaves. The trees are afire with ghastly splashes of red, orange, and yellow—the sky is like the great fiery breath…