Strange Packages

Gifts sometimes come in strange packages. The best one my husband and I ever received came as a “pink slip” from the company he worked for nearly 20 years. Of course, it didn’t seem like such a great gift at the time. It was devastating and frightening and it didn’t get much better as the months passed with no job …

Celebrating Mothers & Daughters

The Visit

Mom had pancreatic cancer – a cancer with a low survival rate, and one that typically kills within six months of its diagnosis. She had defied the odds, beating the disease for two and a half years, but that was just like my mom. She had an incredible attitude and a zest for living. Nothing could get her down. We …

The Reluctant Steward

Speeding down the road, mentally reviewing my day’s to-do list, I spotted a turtle, about the size of a football, emerging from the newly mowed, grassy median strip and heading across the roadway. The image of turtle soup on concrete made me pop a U-turn. My intention was a quick assist, and then to be on my busy, frantic way. …

The Lost Soles of Caprock Canyon

We should have listened to the Ranger’s warning: “Be sure you’re on the trail no later than sun-up.” Crossing the ridge at high noon hadn’t been in our original plan, but then, neither was sleeping in. The day was perfect at Caprock Canyon – a dazzling turquoise sky stretched wide across the sprawling vistas of red sandstone. Not a cloud …

Sacred Spaces, Sacred Places

Long before there were computers, Twitter or Facebook, and back before cell phones, TVs and radios – way back to the earliest of times, humans were connected. Not to a global world made small by technology, but to a small world made global through its connections to the heavens and the earth – all one, great, mystical world to our …

The Women’s Bean Project

To most people a hill of beans doesn’t amount to much, but to Marcelina Basquez, a 45-year old soon-to-be grandmother who has spent much of the last 28 years in and out of the Colorado prison system, beans are a lifesaver. Today, for the first time in Basquez’ short but stormy life the future is looking brighter and holds promise …

Can You Go S..L..O..W..?

The Slow Movement In 1986 as the rest of the world rushed frantically about its business, gulping down Big Macs on the fly – two all beef patties special sauce pickles lettuce tomatoes on a sesame seed bun – a small group of Italian foodies led by culinary writer Carlo Petrini, armed themselves with bowls of penne pasta doused in …

A Better Way To Treat Chronic Pain

Almost ten percent of the American population suffers with non-cancer related chronic pain, and an even larger percentage of the population medicates their emotional, as well as physical pain with overuse of prescription pain relievers. Pop star Michael Jackson’s recent death serves to highlight the abuse of prescription pain medications. We spoke with recognized chronic pain management expert, Dr. Richard …

Time To Redefine

Two years ago this month I attended a six-day meditation retreat, my first. It was a subtle, yet powerful experience. One that changed my life, though not in a demonstrably dramatic way. I didn’t shave my head, renounce all possessions and run off to a monastery. It did change my life in a very essential way, though, generating a shift …