Of the many mindfulness strategies available today, this piece describes my recent experiences with ancient forms--traditional yoga and from the indigenous people of Australia, dadirri, inner deep listening.Read More
Remembering the interactions between family generations can be a loving way of witnessing our grief like a thread of yarn woven through our connected lives. These connections hold us up when we need them most.Read More
My daughter, Lena, experienced a near fatal health crisis about six months before she walked on. Contrasting her thoughts before and after that hospitalization, her words bring clarity to the thin veil between life and death.
Written the day before my daughter's first memorial service, this is my tribute to her. A significant portion of this piece includes my daughter's words and is therefore named "A Eulogy of Voices". As there were two memorial services, the first at the Bad River Community Center in Odanah, Wisconsin and the second at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, this is a merged version of the two eulogies.Read More
Breaking out of the self-care routine can be a useful health strategy both tangible and intangible. Letting others support us in grief, acknowledging our vulnerability and taking steps to ensure our safety can create space to consider the deeper reasons we resist joy.Read More
It takes experimentation to find self-care strategies that are achievable within the limits of our physical and emotional abilities before they became a sustainable routine. Through the discovery process, I learned self-care is not a selfish act and I began to feel real results.Read More
From Pine to Palm is Lena's autobiography written during her House Seminar at Brander Hall, Stanford University, March 2000.
"From the womb of a white mother, came forth an olive skinned infant born into two worlds. . ."