Abandoned in the Desert Blend

To hold you when lost & empty

Last night I had one of those awful, very vivid dreams that woke me too early and woke me in tears. And it’s affected my mood all day - I’m weepy, and tired, and deeply sad. The theme of the dream was being lost, being unloved and being lonely.

On Why I Love DC  

I love love love this city! I joke it's because I like white marble. There's a lot of that here! I do like what the white marble represents - ideals, Rome and politics. Most of the white marble buildings were built before the United States grew into them, and I adore those aspirations. I also love discussing politics with the smartest cab drivers anywhere. 

Who is the Goddess of Healing?

February 1st is a day dedicated to the goddess of healing and of sacred wells. So she is particularly special to us here at Wellspring Stones. Known by many names, in the Celtic tradition, she is Brigid, the lady of hearth and home as well as the primordial midwife. In addition to healing, midwifery and wellsprings, this mother goddess is also the goddess of …

Don't Go to War

“Cancer, you are going to lose and we are going to win,” declares a commercial for a prominent cancer hospital. The message personifies the illness, lists all the losses (relatives and hair) and a face then declares: “I won’t let you.” The cancer is cast in a fraught adversarial relationship. Often illness feels like an epic struggle with life and death at stake. It is one. We are embattled. Treating illness as an enemy does not work.

How to Help a Friend Who's Sick

I’ve had fibromyalgia since I was 34. When I turned 50, I marked that milestone with a celebration FOR my friends ― the people who hold my hand figuratively (and yes, sometimes literally). Because their love, support and understanding have kept me alive. When you have a chronic condition, friends are pivotal. Don’t have a clue how to help? Never fear; I’ve got 10 concrete suggestions.