Archives for June 2015

Cheryl Strayed Set Me “Straight” on Rainbowing My Facebook Profile Pic (& How to Change Yours).

I was on Cheryl Strayed’s Facebook page and noticed her new rainbow profile picture. It was changed last night. I was surprised—disappointed, … [Read more...]

Telling a Lover “I’m a Survivor”

When I started dating a blue-eyed boy last summer I felt it only fair to warn him: “It’s all trauma, all the time with me.” He laughed. “I’m … [Read more...]

The Surprising Benefits of Growing Up Without a Dad

My father left before I turned 1. I got his nose, last name and lousy vision. He was gone before I acquired a vocabulary. I never got to string … [Read more...]

Anne Lamott Tweets About Caitlyn Jenner and Gets Schooled by Her Son: What We Can Learn from Them Both

Anne Lamott f'd up. Big. Yup – the sensitive, hilarious, brilliant, neurotic, astonishingly genuine and gentle, talented writer Anne … [Read more...]

Mindful Trauma is Hard with a Mind Full of Trauma

My favorite color thinking is black and white. And mindfulness is all rainbow complex. I'm a resistant recruit to this be here now stuff. It … [Read more...]

If You Fall in Love with a Writer She’ll Still Be a Writer If You Break Up

“I fell in love with your words,” he said. He loved the word necklaces I hung on his chest and being the subject I defined, described and … [Read more...]

Rumi as Need

“This longing you express is the return message. The grief you cry out from draws you toward union. Your pure sadness that wants help is the … [Read more...]

Returning to Rumi

Rumi's writing, to me is like a middle-aged woman. Empowered. Joyful. Able to witness, hold space and be there. A whirling dervish of … [Read more...]

Why Survivors Love Amy Schumer

"I'm not funny. What I am is brave."  Lucille Ball Audacious and adorable. Sweet and skewering. Amy Schumer makes bedfellows of words that … [Read more...]

Why Women Get Frustrated When Men Want to Be Thanked for Talking About Rape

If it seems women like me don’t have a lot of patience for listening to how men think, feel and talk about rape it’s because, well…. it’s … [Read more...]