On the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Self-care for me includes writing through the feelings – grief, anger, fear, shame. As we come closer to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as I am exhausted by how long the pandemic has gone on, I took to my words for healing and wrote these poems. It...
Finding Solid Ground While Grieving

Finding Solid Ground While Grieving

Finding Solid Ground After Your World Is Shaken Up by Heartbreaking Grief Grief is not something we talk about publicly although every person on the planet has or will experience it in their lifetime. That turns a universal experience into a solitary and often lonely...
3 Secrets to Asking Like a Ninja

3 Secrets to Asking Like a Ninja

3 Ninja Secrets to Ask For and Get More Yeses How you ask determines whether or not the answer to your request will be ‘Yes’. Asking like a ninja can be scary because it requires not settling for less than everything you truly want. It’s an...
Taking Up Space Again After a Loss or Transition

Taking Up Space Again After a Loss or Transition

David Beynon Pena, my husband, was a professional artist, who sold his first painting at the age of 11. When we went to Maine, to Leadbetter Island or North Haven, David would paint from early morning into the night, 3 to 4 paintings a day, so after 10 days, we came...
What advice would you give your younger self?

What advice would you give your younger self?

This week’s Thrive Global prompt was about, if you could go back in time, what life lessons would you share with your younger self so they don’t make the same mistakes? The story is called Potential is the Booby Prize because it’s always in the...
Redefining Loss in a New, More Powerful Way

Redefining Loss in a New, More Powerful Way

When we experience a loss, whether it’s the loss of a person to death, disease, divorce or breakup, the loss of a job or business to downsizing or an economic downturn, or the loss of a place to a move or foreclosure, it is not usually by choice. We have little...