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 [...]

3Mar. 2020

The Journey Home

Life is a series of meaningful coincidences we weave together to tell the story of our lives. The next few blog posts I write will be devoted to my story about being here with my teacher Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni at her monastery, Wat Songdhammakalyani, in Nakom Pathom, Thailand. Writing these blogs are a way for me to share my adventures [...]

17Dec. 2019

Be a Confident Writer

Even though people told me I was accomplished writer, I never believed them until recently. I was on the Island of Kauai at a writer’s conference. Warm tropical air surrounded me as I pulled up a chair to meet with an agent. This was the first time I had ever done an author pitch. I put on a brave face [...]

30Oct. 2019

BBC Names Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni on list of top 100 Women!

I am thrilled to announce that the BBC selected Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni on its list of 100 influential women in the world for 2019. Greta Thunberg the Swedish climate change activist was on the list as well as many other distinguished women. The BBC article quoted Dhammananda as saying, “We still need to struggle to make the ordination of women [...]

8Oct. 2019

Reparenting Myself

My mom died fifteen years ago at age ninety.  A strong woman, she was clear minded up to the end. The day before she died, I was lying on the floor at her bedside. She had stopped taking her insulin and was in a coma. I began to meditate and prayed mumbling under my breath, “It’s okay to let go [...]

2Oct. 2019

Welcome to my Blog

I’m so excited to launch my new website. In May of 2020 my memoir, Finding Venerable Mother: A Daughter’s Spiritual Quest to Thailand will be published. I hope after visiting my website you will be inspired to read it. In this first blog post I want to talk about why I felt compelled to write my story. There is nothing [...]

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