I've talked before on my blog about how I've limited my options by predetermining how I wanted my life to turn out. It's something a lot of people do and generally something which life does everything it can to get us out of the habit of doing. The problem arrises when we struggle against life and look at the difficulties we face as some personal attack, rather than an opportunity to learn and view our world differently....more

Theodora: Actress, Empress ... Saint

It’s an unusual rags to riches story that takes a two-year spiritual break in the fiery heroine’s trajectory from theatrical call-girl to Empress of Rome, but Theodora of Constantinople was the least usual of heroines. ...more
My daughter is very into theater work and I often think about how that will help her as an adult ...more

So You Think You Can Stand

In this never-ending flow of life, there is an infinite array of choices. One alone brings happiness. To love what is... If in any moment you can pause and come into the Presence that's allowing what's happening, you can respond from wisdom and compassion. -Tara Brach This quote is from a talk Tara Brach gave on how to deal with a tendency to look at life and/or the self with an attitude that says "something is wrong"....more

Charmed City

The spirituality in New Orleans is tangible.  You can literally reach out and touch the prayers and wishes and curses.  What's your persuasion?  Christian? Pagan? Voodoo?  Santeria?  Jewish? You won't have to look very far to find others who share your own beliefs and aren't afraid to invite you into their fellowship.I try to describe to people how the atmosphere in New Orleans is different, but I don't think you can truly understand until you are in the thick soup of prayer.  Being one of the oldest cities in America means that New Orleans has been the birthplace of many a call out to the Glorious Universe, and being one of the most spiritually diverse cities that I have come into contact, makes it feel as though all these prayers and passion are fighting with each other.  It ...more

A Thought on Happiness

This past year or two I've been thinking a lot about religion and spirituality. Matter of fact, lately I've been dreaming of listening in on a theoretic "end of the world" forum-of-world-thought. Well, I kind of just made that name up. But you get the idea. I want to sit down and listen to everyone who has a vision of all this massive change taking place worldwide and simply hear dialogue. It's the English major in me. I want all the colorful characters, the momentous stories. I want to line them all up, analyzing the similarities, looking for divergences....more


There’s the usual bit of bibliophilia going on in our home.  My little softcover savant and we bookworm begetters have been doing eye and mind gymnastics with our latest nightstand reads. My husband’s reading a Ford Madox Ford book and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, among a handful of other tomes.  I’m reading a book similar to those I imagine a lot of my fellow parents are reading, a guide to understanding the monsters identified as toddlers.  And when I’ve read a few pages of that and am feeling like I understa...more

Thinking Big! "Why Not?"

Yun and kids visited an old friend on Christmas day.  A single mother, she is determined to be all she can be.  Indeed, she has been many women, and has done many things….. multi-degreed  black-belt martial artist, a physicist and a scientist, an astronaut want to be, a marathon runner, a ‘good witch’ who lives in mystery, a loyal friend, a devoted Catholic…you name it, she is it  and she does it! “Why not?”  If one  would ask her such a question, that’s  what she’d answer....more

3rd Annual Festival of Bliss

Join us this Friday and Saturday night to discover happiness, learn about buddhism, see and hear live entertainment and do some holiday shopping for eclectic and unique gifts....more

Mindfulness During Difficult Times