30Aug. 2020

Ode to Thrive Tribe Sisters

This was a tough week. Not only were we struggling with the Corona virus pandemic, we were inundated with relentless wildfires that swept across California leaving in its wake 1.3 million burned acres of charred landscape. Every morning my friends and I would race to our phones to check the air quality. The smoky skies made it hard to breathe, [...]

3Jul. 2020

Hope for Authors in a Virtual World

When my publication day came, I heard two familiar refrains from people. Wasn’t it sad that my in-person launch was cancelled, and wasn’t I conflicted about promoting my book during this time of COVID and social and racial unrest? I took a different view. I was neither sad, nor conflicted. I perceived it as a “both and”situation. Yes, these are [...]

22May. 2020

Virtual Book Launch with Brooke Warner

I invite you to listen to the recorded version of my virtual launch with Brook Warner, publisher of She Writes Press.  In a very powerful interview Brooke delves into the depth of my relationship with my spiritual teacher and mentor, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni. There is a lively Q& A session that's not to be missed! Follow the link below and [...]

11Apr. 2020

Courage for Authors in the time of COVID-19

Like many of my She Writes Press sisters, I was disappointed when the pandemic struck, partly, because my book launch event scheduled for May 20thwill likely be cancelled. I felt genuine sorrow for the people whose family members are impacted with the illness. I was shocked when I learned that a husband of a close friend of mine passed away [...]

27Mar. 2020

When I flew back from Thailand one week ago, my life changed dramatically. I admit it's been a bit challenging for me to go from the warm and loving environment of the monastery to living on my own in my condo. At the monastery I was never fully alone. Whenever I wanted company I could leave my room and be [...]

20Mar. 2020

A Beautiful Beginning

I woke at 4:30 am yesterday startled to see a text from a friend who said the State Department had ordered all citizens to return to the U.S immediately. For three weeks I had been peacefully settled in the day to day life of the monastery. Chanting, meditation, chores, breakfast and so on. My trip was cut short abruptly as [...]

17Mar. 2020

Hello from Thailand

Here is the latest news from Thailand. I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I am safe. Temperatures continue to hover around 100 degrees daily. The Coronavirus does not like the heat, so cases in Thailand are few-about 114. The monastery has been closed to new visitors since shortly after my arrival. As far as I know I am safe. [...]

6Mar. 2020

Song of the Night

Greetings from Thailand. It’s 3 am in the morning and I’m awake, so why not write. Outside a bird that sounds like a whip-poor-whil calls out in the night, echoing my thoughts exactly. Wake up, wake up, the night is beautiful. Rejoice. Dhammananda, or Venerable Mother as I call her, says life is beautiful and most of the time I [...]

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