How Malware Helped Me Lose Weight

A few weeks ago, the most wondrous thing happened. It was filled with gifts I had no idea I wanted, let alone needed.  Of course, I didn’t recognize this at first, because it came disguised as something wretchedly horrible.

What happened? Google slapped a quarantine sign on my website, warning people not to visit it.  My site had been infected with malware.

The quarantine sign basically said, “Click on this website at your peril. It’s full of malware, and it will probably kill you and end all life as we know it.”

Okay, I exaggerate a bit, but that was how it felt to me. […]

The Way of the Slot Machine

There’s a strange mindset that comes with playing slot machines. You put your money in the machine, and you push the buttons, hoping to be a big winner. The screen flashes bright happy colors, with cartoon images of Texas oil tycoons or Egyptian goddesses. As the spinning images begin to align, you may or may not get a payout. Most often you lose.

Oh, but when you win! Goodness, the machine makes all kinds of noise and the screen explodes with color and you rack up the points. And that’s the sneaky thing about slot machines. They quickly convince you […]

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Leaky Roof Lessons

Living under a leaky roof can be a powerful teacher.  One learns to read the subtle signs, to notice and be curious about any sudden change, and to question everything one sees.   A leaky roof almost never tells a predictable or consistent story.

For several years my husband and I lived under just such a roof, and to this day I rely on the lessons it taught me, especially in my work. One of the most important lessons a leaky roof teaches is to know the difference between cause and effect.  For example, I walked into our bathroom one day, and noticed […]

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Chico and the Ball


I had the pleasure of watching my very dear friend Regina play with her dog one day.  Chico Sr., a jovial and flirtatious Chihuahua, had just re-discovered one of his favorite toys – a squeaky ball – hidden under the couch.  He must have loved it very much because the reunion was filled with joy.   He ran proudly through the house carrying his precious treasure in his teeth for all to see.  At last, he sat down in front of his beloved mistress, ball in mouth, soulful eyes fixed on hers.

Reggie reached out her hand and asked for the […]

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Beauty and the Flaw

At a community meeting awhile back, I saw a woman wearing a beautiful Pashmina shawl.  It draped gracefully across her shoulders in soft periwinkle mounds.  My fingertips longed to touch it.  As I looked more closely, I noticed a tear in the shawl that had been repaired with needle and white thread. Clearly, an experienced hand had done the work.  The stitches were tiny and precise, each stitch doing its part to pull the divided edges back together.  But that white thread really stood out.

As a child growing up in a time when “disposable” was becoming all the rage, […]

Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Lowly Olive

Years ago, I was at a restaurant in Baltimore with my then-boyfriend (and now husband), Gary.  It was quite the swanky place.  On each table was an arrangement of enormous bread sticks and a sweet little cup of green dip for the bread.  I thought it might be some sort of salsa, so I dug my breadstick in and popped a bite in my mouth.  Instantly I realized the horror of what I had done.  It was olive tapenade.  Never mind the restaurant was fancy.  Never mind it was early enough in our relationship I was still trying hard […]

Itchy Ears and Old Wives Tales

Remember those old wives tales our mothers taught us about itchiness? If your hand itches, you’re coming into money; if your nose itches, you’re going to kiss a fool, if the bottom of your foot itches, you’re going to take a trip.

Even though I let go of such teachings as I grew up, I still think about them. So when my ears started itching a couple of weeks ago, I remembered my mother teaching me that itchy ears means someone’s talking about me. Then I had to chuckle. I took that instruction as truth as a kid. But if […]

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Just Breathe

So here’s an idea for you to think about … what if everything in our lives, everything in the world, everything we think, say or do has something to do with the breath?

Sure, we know the breath involves taking in air and letting out air, but let’s consider the concept more broadly, even more deeply. Isn’t the breath simply the process of releasing in order to receive so that we can release to make way for the receiving?

We take in calories, and we burn calories: inhale, exhale.
We earn money, and we spend it: inhale, exhale.
We give love, and we […]

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Jin Shin Jyutsu – What it Is, and What it Ain’t

One of the really awesome things about being a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner is telling strangers what I do for a living.  Nearly everyone shakes their head and says, “Jin Shin what?”  And that opens a conversation that often changes their lives and mine.

So I thought I’d take a little time to share what Jin Shin Jyutsu is, and, as the title says, what it ain’t.

IT AIN’T A HEALING ART; it’s a harmonizing art.

It uses gentle touch to help harmonize the body’s energy system –  combing out the tangles, releasing the barriers and smoothing out the rough patches – […]

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Walking our Fences

As a student and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I’ve come to realize this amazing art shines a kindly but penetrating light on who we are and what we’ve come here to learn.  It helps us see ourselves and each other more clearly.  In fact, it is the underlying intent of the art itself:  NOW KNOW MYSELF.  I thought we might explore this a bit in today’s blog.

As many of you know, my mom passed away a couple of years ago.  She departed about as gently as I could have hoped, and I’m grateful to all of you for […]

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