Category: Family & Parenting

The Day this Yogi Mom Lost Her Sh*t

  By Dana Gornall I am not the type of person to lose my temper. Ask anyone who knows me. I am fairly easy-going, somewhat free-spirited to the point of being a little flighty, and I rarely yell at or punish my kids unless they do something pretty major. I let things roll off my back. Most times when something bothers me, I breathe a little, remind myself how lucky I have it even when things aren’t going well, and I move on. But every once in awhile, I lose it. This day was one of those days. It...

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She Persisted, & So Will I.

By Deb Avery “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” These words have been repeated throughout history in one form or another for thousands of years. To the present day, women are still told to shut up and sit down. Still, we continue to speak up for our rights and the rights of others. It begins early in childhood and continues throughout our lives. It happens in our work place, our churches and even our own homes. Each and every day there are millions of women the world over who live with verbal, emotional and physical...

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What to Say to Someone Who Knows They are Dying

  By Carmelene Melanie Siani How could it have happened so fast? How could my father have aged 20 years in the two years since he moved to Tucson from his home in Phoenix to be closer to one of his children? I began noticing it right away. The first time I went to pick him up at the independent living center he was standing outside in his Navy Blue sport coat and tie waiting for me. As time went by, he would be standing outside leaning on a cane and then, as time went by even further, he’d be standing...

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Anxiety: Getting Past the Awkward & Choosing to Engage in Discomfort

  By David Jones At one point in my childhood, I’d walk around without swinging my arms. I remained compact and contained. That’s what happens when you constantly hear, “Be careful, watch out” whenever you walk. It was worse when I was in a crowd, or where walkways through an area were constricted. The dangers of walking through a living room with knick-knacks on end tables, or through crowded aisles in department stores, were seated into my personality. It was my dad who broke that trait. One evening we were at a bar (I was around 8 years old)...

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I Didn’t Care What She was the Goddess of, She Had Touched Me

    By Carmelene Melanie Siani My husband and I recently moved to a new city and within a few nights I awoke missing something that I’d had to leave behind. 25 years before, I was at a garage sale with the man I was then married to and had found her there. “Quan Yin’s’ her name,” the garage sale guy said. “She’s the Goddess of Compassion.” I didn’t care what she was the Goddess of, I knew I wanted her. She had touched me. She was carved of wood—maybe iron wood, we couldn’t tell. Her eyes were closed in meditation...

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