Category: Living this Life

Life can be as challenging as it is rewarding. It is through our lives that our souls learn and grown and love.

My words on Elephant Journal: My mom was bipolar. Two weeks before she died, I learned how to love her.

What can we learn from mental illness? Our own or that of one we love? The lessons are as varied as they are personal. I learned so much, but nothing…
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The Eye of the Storm

There is so much going on in this world right now. In the United States alone, we are enduring the aftereffects of Harvey and the landfall of Irma, the fiercest…
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The Alpenlessons

I just returned from a ten-day running trip in the Alps with my friend. Yes, it was incredible. Amazing. Beautiful. Surreal. Yesterday, I spent several hours writing a blog post…
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Always stars beyond.

Wishing on a star you can see is always a good idea. But sometimes we shoot our biggest plans-for-what’s-to-come so aggressively that they simply cannot sink in to these close…
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Inner Child. This child. You.

  This morning, as my daughter was getting ready for her first day of second grade at a new school — the second new school in two years — I…
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Early Poems

For Martha Karen Halverson, 1916-2017. My name is Marit Martha. I am the daughter of Martha Karen’s oldest daughter, Martha Jeanell. Among the Marthas, I am the third. And I’m…
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In memoriam: my mom’s 20 laws to live by.

My mom passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. At the service to celebrate her life, I shared these words. Mom has taught me so much in my 44 years.…
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So much to learn in the not knowing

For so many people I know, this Spring is a time of change. In a big way. It's like the Universe gathered us all together on a massive oriental rug,…
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The Parable of the Pine

On the day of the completion of her studies to become a physician, a young woman was called to meet with the elders of the village. “In honor of your…
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