On beginning

Yesterday, at the age of 83, poet Mary Oliver died. This month, as we focus on meaning and purpose, her passing gently yet insistently reminds us that it is never too early, nor too late, to do what we need to do. It requires us only to begin. THE JOURNEY One day you finally knewwhat …

Keep Indulging!

Happy New Year! And yes, you read that headline right. Keep indulging! I know it's January 4th and if you are like me, you are sitting somewhere back at work, slightly dazed, and craving fondue and a cocktail even though it's just 11:15am. We've indulged and partied and celebrated and taken naps and lived in …

Deck the Halls with Expectations! Fa-La-La-La-La Let’s Take a Breath!

It snowed in Charlottesville all day yesterday. When it finally eased off around 10pm, we had close to 8 inches of snow. The white blanket looked festive and sparkling surrounded in the neighborhood Christmas lights. I had been slow to feel much in the holiday spirit this year, but having "real snow" in Virginia before …

The Scientifically Proven Emotional Benefit of Experiencing Collective Joy (Yes, Even Royal Weddings)

Yesterday I saw someone lament on social media that we were still talking about the royal wedding a whole four days later. He was over it, people. Let's get back to the real world with its runnels of car-engulfing lava and stomach churning political climate! Part of me could absolutely relate. I, too, get consumed with …