Question from a long-time reader: “I’ve noticed that you’ve been using the terms ‘prefer’ and ‘preferences’ a lot lately, and being okay with your preferences. What does that actually mean to you, and how did you arrive at using that term?” I see preferences as a powerful way to express needs and wants. Simply stating my preferences in any given… Read More
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Dear Daughter, I once read an article by a woman who wrote, “I had an abortion because when I became pregnant, I was still too much under the thumb of a controlling, abusive, mentally ill mother who would have insisted I keep it. I had an abortion because adoption wouldn’t have been an option, and I wasn’t strong enough to… Read More
I boarded Delta flight 1782 from Minneapolis to Boston, and settled myself into seat 7A (window), grateful that the guy who had a boarding pass for seat 7A was willing to swap the window for the aisle. It was the last (flying) leg of my trip home from White Fish, Montana, where I’d participated in Haven II, a powerful writing… Read More
…with thanks to Martha Beck and Elizabeth Gilbert: The Alpha Mare is calm, because her boundaries are impeccable. She knows who she is, and the other horses do not mess with her. They do not approach her without her invitation. The Alpha Mare does not let herself be influenced by another horse’s fears or anxieties or aggression. She knows the right… Read More