Flow and Compliance Within the Sphere of Parenthood

Over the past couple months, I’ve been enthusiastically reading Jennifer Senior’s recent book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. It explores the effects of having and raising children on their parents, the only or one of the very few works in that genre. I’ve long thought Senior is an exceptional journalist -her pieces for New York Magazine over the years are usually my favorites- and when she came to DC last month to present All Joy, I went to hear her....more

A Lesson From The Playground

Several months ago, as I was strolling through the Panhandle, I observed a scene that leaped into my heart at once. A birthday party for what looked like a four- or five-year-old was happening in the playground.A group of ten or so children, a few grown-ups in tow, were scurrying around, sliding, swinging, and generating that unmistakable shrieking, giggling sound of play. It was so normal that I would have walked right past had one little boy not caught my attention....more

How to Find Flow and Boost Your Creativity

This fall I've challenged myself to increase my daily word count for my work-in-progress and complete my third draft by the end of 2013. That means 525 words a day … peanuts to some, but more than double my normal 200 words a day.To meet this goal, I'm going to have to do a lot more than increase my pace during my normal morning hour of writing. And thus I've found myself writing at times that feel somewhat unnatural to me … or at least they did at first. But to get myself into these new habits without the overwhelm, I've made it a habit to channel flow....more

How Heraclitus Fluxed it All Up

Have you ever heard about him?   I named my kids Jara, Reign and Credence and people often say… “how interesting.”  Imagine introducing Her a clitus.  That’s how it’s pronounced. I lived in Regina Saskatchewan and that was bad enough.  My whole life every time I said I lived in Regina most people would crack up like a 10 year old boy because Regina rhymes with…. ...more

What's my favorite part about writing? FLOW.

I'll keep this short and sweet, since I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month as well -- overextend much, Erin?My favorite part about writing is getting into flow state. What's flow?Psychology Today posits that:...more

More on cancer grief: letting go, being in the "flow"

I can't begin to describe how amazing my life has become in such a short time. The death of my brother, while hard, has lead to incredible things manifesting in my life. Truth be told, I forgot to mention in my last post that I felt a lot of loneliness this last week. It was that familiar old "woe is me" despair from the last two years. I'd often feel it after returning from a visit with my mom or my brother.  It was me trying to fill a "god-sized hole" with another person, to take the emptiness & loss away. ...more

So glad it helped you, Katy! Thanks for the Tripping site, too. It looks really great. Another ...more

Building Fairy Houses

How to Conjure What You Wish to Create, Part I: A Fable

Written By: Dr. Lissa Rankin There’s a lot of talk these days about the Law of Attraction. They make it sound so simple. You just wish for something, and then- POOF! Your fairy godmother appears and you get exactly what you want. Just like that....more

I love this - Nice Fable! You should turn it into a graphic novel. That would be uber cool! more

Live better while sleeping!

This time of year I like to practice the fine art of hibernation. It’s cold outside, the sun hides for half the day and the blankets are plentiful. I also can’t function at all on less than 7 hours sleep. I’ve tried and it’s not pretty.This is one of the most obvious methods of strong self care and probably one of the most easily ignored. We make great (or not so great) excuses for not getting our shut eye. We have too much to do, we surf the net for two hours because its there, or we don’t want to miss a good show....more

How Real-Time Blogging Could Mean Big-Time Problems for Infertility Doctors

I recently started using Posterous as an annex space from my blog, instantly uploading pictures, sound files, stories, and videos from my phone. Where I would have had to wait until I returned home from a party or event, hooking my camera up to the computer, downloading and sizing the photos, slowly uploading them individually to my blog, they now are sent instantly and I return home with the whole night already blogged and commented on from people reading at home. ...more