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Finding Gratitude

2020 is not going the way any of us thought it would. So much is changing, in upheaval, and we are learning that the world was never a certain place and that we have always had to adapt and work for the kind of world we want to live in. One thing I’m still mourning […]

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Safety Within

Well… here we are.  In NY, it is week 10 of shelter-in-place. No matter your particular situation:  How are you doing? How are you feeling: physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually? Have you been learning new things about yourself, your life, your world? Discovering challenging things, uncovering pearls of wisdom or inner gifts?  Do you have things […]

Self Care in Times of Uncertainty

I hope that you are safe and well amidst our new daily lives.  Here in Brooklyn, things are radically changed outside of my small abode, yet inside day to day life is quiet and slow.  I am rather privileged and lucky in that regard, and am grateful for my circumstances and those who are out […]

Stratification and Renewal

Here we are, after January 1st and before Chinese New Year (January 25), which officially marks the turning from the most Yin time of year into the beginning of the Yang time of year. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are still in the depths of winter, ever slowly approaching spring, waiting, hushed, for the […]

Letting the Ideal You Go

I hope you have been shining your light in the world in the way only you can.   I’ve been huddled under a proverbial lamp, in a cave, working on a project that has morphed from a two part blog post about the herb Albizia into… 63 pages, and it is nowhere near finished.  I […]

Gratitude for my Reality

The dreaded ides of April… otherwise known as tax season in the U.S.  Everywhere I go, seems folks are groaning about their taxes.  I know I have been lamenting just how much I’ve procrastinated on mine this year, but something funny happened…  As I sat reviewing my year of work as an herbalist, I saw […]

Making the Choice to Change

It is the week after the completion of an intense two year course with esteemed Chinese Medicine practitioner, scholar and teacher Lonny Jarrett (called Clinical Integration).  I’m reflecting on the two year homework assignment we were given, in addition to all of the readings and practicing what we have learned in class: if you could […]

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Digesting the Difficult Things in Life

I’ve recently been going through the most difficult thing in my life to date. And, I’ve developed a slew of digestive issues, and a return of migraines, to boot. My dear cat, Norton, was diagnosed with intestinal cancer a week before Christmas.  I honestly, naively, thought my 17yo cat had worms and that’s why his […]