Weathering Life’s Transitions

Weathering Life’s Transitions

My son was a happy baby, a cheerful and helpful toddler. He was an easy, optimistic kid and I thought it was obviously because I was a mom who was doing everything right. But around three and a half he turned into a tiny monster. My previously compliant,...
How to Not Get the Bends

How to Not Get the Bends

December 8th, 2009, was the day I started at the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare here in Portland. I think that starting any new job can turn a life upside down for a while. This one fed me tequila until I couldn’t feel my face, put me on the back of an...
How to Embrace the Wisdom of Life’s Phases

How to Embrace the Wisdom of Life’s Phases

I am always looking for inspiration for my articles and this month it came from a wall of quotes created by my niece. This month is all about phases – how we cope with them; how we learn from them; how we survive them. So how did my 15-year-old niece inspire me?...
Understanding Rites of Passage

Understanding Rites of Passage

Why doesn’t life come with an outcome summary? Decisions and life choices would be much easier! No regrets. No doubts and no looking back. Did we make the right move? Did we choose the right job? Did we get married too soon or too late? But life’s core is structured...
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