An American Road Trip

Two years ago, my spouse broke his leg.  Badly.  It happened two weeks before we were to depart for sunny Naples, Florida.  He was in a wheelchair for months, then on a walked, followed by crutches for more months.  Needless to say, the trip was cancelled (we have...

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On Kindness

On Christmas Eve, my neighbor was headed out to the downtown hospital where she works the evening shift as a nurse, and where she studies to become a nurse practitioner. She and I waved our friendly greetings as she drove out of the neighborhood, and Winky and I...

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How Music and Art Helped Heal My Grief

Grief is a normal and healthy reaction to loss, and so is resilience. We all have the capacity to learn how to live with our losses and to apply our own style of grieving to the healing process. In my new book, “Resilience Art: A Grief Coloring Book Using Ritual and...

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Find What Brings You Joy and Go There

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”   Kate Chopin The title of this blog is the same as the title of a small journal I kept while on vacation last week. I love that advice and was drawn to the journal because it features words about being by the sea, such as...

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Learning to Ride a Bike and Drive a Car

In my neighborhood, one family is teaching their 5 year old daughter to ride a bike, and my next door neighbors are teaching their 17 year old son to drive. Watching these rites of passage play out, I am touched by the devotion that both sets of parents are...

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Prayer for Musicians

We all feel a strong connection to music, but have you considered that music and sound are the world’s oldest medicines? Ancient healers used music to cure illness and help people regain spiritual balance.  Music continues to play a key role in healing -   let’s look...

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There is a change in the quality of light and sound as March opens;  the month of April grows closer.  My morning walk in the park today with Winky, my little dog, revealed an amazing display of natural resilience.  The tree branches have buds on them – just this...

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We Were Made for These Times!

For the first time in the 6 year history of my blog, I am reprinting a post written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, forwarded to me by a frienx who described it as an “…extraordinary call of the heart…not only is it worth reading, it’s worth reading aloud – so you hear it...

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The Gift of Self-Compassion

One of the ways we can help ensure ourselves of a happy old age is build self-compassion. In people who have learned self-compassion, studies have shown them to have less anxiety and depression, increased psychological strengths and positive emotions, a greater ability to forgive, and an increased ability to navigate difficult life events. Since our lives consist of successes and failures, self-compassion gives us a “soft place” to land each time we fall. It puts our mistakes and failures in perspective.

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About Elaine

I love teaching and my personal mission has revolved around the roles of teacher, writer and coach. I first worked as a therapist in alcohol/drug abuse counseling where I learned the meaning of holistic health – we cannot seperate the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an illness if we are to help create the conditions for getting well and recovering.

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