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I’ve always found myself with my feet in different worlds.  In high school the music and drama departments vied for “lesser geek” status by proclaiming the other department the geekier, while I, both musician and actress, became the unofficial liaison between the two worlds.  When my psychology training didn’t feel complete enough I hopped the fence into the land of bodywork and then, when that didn’t feel complete enough either, I straddled the fence and tried to see where there might be a gate.  (I wasn’t quite brave enough then to just take the damn fence down!)  When one group of friends (or colleagues) folded their arms and huffed at the other group, I was usually the one carrying the olive branch across the divide. Read the rest of this entry »


Today seems like a most fitting day to reconnect with all of you, my Maggie’s Nest peeps, and wish you all a tremendously happy 2012 filled with infinite joy, unlimited abundance, and true love in all forms.

2011 was probably the hardest year of my life, and at times it’s been hard to stay in gratitude and appreciation for all that happened.  Still, that’s been my mantra.  Probably the biggest spiritual lesson I learned last year was that of wanting something different than what I have, without having to hate or disparage what I have.  Becoming unhappy with what is and fighting it tooth and nail, is the way I had always thought change had to come about, and since I’m an extremely changeable creature, I spent a lot of time and energy disliking my present moment in a strange sort of loyalty to the future I dreamed of.  Read the rest of this entry »

Friends, it’s time for some recalibration here at the nest.  I realize that my post-a-day ambitions have flown out the window of late, in the midst of some serious soul-searching and “personal earthquakes” as I called them in a recent post.  And as I’ve watched myself unable to keep that commitment, it’s given me a lot of time to think (and since I was in Texas with nothing to do during my off-time except think, it really was a lot of time) about why I write this blog and what I’m really here to share with you.

Over the weekend I listened to a podcast with the powerful, dazzling Danielle LaPorte of White Hot Truth; she was talking to Jonathan Fields and a worldwide audience about entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of What It Takes.   Read the rest of this entry »

This post, which first appeared on my blog in 2007, reminds me that I do indeed circle back on emotional experiences again and again.  Hopefully they are the kind of circles that actually represent one spiral up the mountain…

Photo courtesy of borogoves.

The last month has been characterized by a sort of emotional/spiritual malaise that has settled on my soul like dead weight. I haven’t been motivated to do much beyond what’s necessary; nothing has ignited excitement or passion lately. Work leaves me flat, and a bit worried. I’ve always felt like I had to find THE THING that I’d want to do for the rest of my life, and then do it with absolute dedication and focus. The problem? I have gone through two and a half careers that I loved for a year or five, then lost interest in. Is that happening again? I’m too old to keep changing careers! But I don’t want to spend the majority of my week doing something that I don’t enjoy… Read the rest of this entry »

It’s official: the next six weeks will be a quiet retreat.  There’s not much around here, and even where I’m working is unusually quiet.  Nice, and quiet.  Aside from a trip or two to the next nearest city (San Antonio) I’ll be here for the duration.  To give myself some structure, and in light of yesterday’s post, I’m going to lay out some modest goals for the time I’m here.  Maybe simply naming them out loud will motivate me to make them happen! Read the rest of this entry »

The Clear Way Ahead.  Colonial Williamsburg, May 2010.

I have been writing this blog post all day, and it just won’t come together.  It has something to do with goal-setting, which was inspired by the latest blog post on Rachel Meeks’ excellent site, Small Notebook (one of my very favorite blogs).

Well, it has to do with goal-setting, but something more profound within that realm.  You see, I think of myself as a pretty gutsy person.   Read the rest of this entry »

Back in December I was offered a Kindle as a Christmas gift, and in a decluttering fervor declined on the principle that I already had the Kindle app on my iPhone; did I really need the actual Kindle?  Eric accepted the holiday deal, though, and within a few days of watching him enjoy his new gizmo I regretted my decision.  Really, you can only read for so long on a screen the size of your 7th grade school picture, and the back-lighting made it hard for me to read before bed without interrupting that all-important melatonin production.  Plus, I found out that you can upload PDF’s to the Kindle, which means that I can carry knitting projects, e-books in PDF format, and even my cheat sheet of GAPS diet do’s and don’ts – without fussing over a lot of paper.  Finally, I like the idea of going paperless and had already started buying into the e-book market with my app, but I found that I wasn’t reading those e-books as often as I would have liked because I just didn’t love reading off a computer screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Apologies for the late post; yesterday brought some hard news and a bit of a personal crisis, and all of my energy has gone toward working that through.  I’m feeling sapped and may have to take a few days off from the blog to tend to this personal matter.  I appreciate your patience while I find my rhythm again.

So, what to do when I sit down to write a blog and nothing comes? Read the rest of this entry »

You know the line, don’t you?

I really didn’t mean to do it.  I meant to have a nice afternoon with my folks, watch last week’s American Idol that they saved for me (seriously, America?  You tried to give Casey the ax?  Seriously…) and generally have a nice time together.  But at some point the inevitable happened: food was somehow discussed in the course of the day, and it wasn’t long before I was off on a lecture to whoever would listen about this country’s food system and how tragically broken it is, and how imperative it is that each of us take our personal food system into our own hands.  Go independent.  Rip back the veil on what we take into our homes and bodies, and become savvy.  Because trusting that our government has our best interests at heart, that our food supply is safe, that there will always be enough, that following the USDA food pyramid will keep us healthy – well, that ship never did sail, friends.  We’ve been sinking but we didn’t know it because the windows were painted over with scenes of pastoral farmland and happy cows. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s a big day!  No, I’m not coming home just yet (although tomorrow my remaining days in Korea will drop into the single digits), but some exciting things are happening within my cyber community, and I want to give a shout out!

I check out a couple dozen blogs on a daily or near-daily basis, and Nourishing Days has become a favorite stop.  The other day I read an interview on that site with Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen, about the benefits of fermentation and why fermented foods are such an important part of the diet. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is a site about saying yes to life - written by a multi-passionate rock star who loves to take life between her fists and kiss it full on the mouth.

"Make my boy realize that, at the end of the everlasting why, there is a yes. And a yes and a yes!"
- Mr. Emerson,
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