Why I Stay Alive

The other day I was scrolling through my favorite photos on my phone, and I rediscovered this quote I took a screen shot of back in December 2015. I loved the ideas and suggestions, but I had no idea who wrote it.  A little googling revealed that Matt Haig was the author. Inspired by his work, I made a list of reasons to stay alive. I encourage you to do so too.

How to Bloom This Spring

And as others focus on spring cleaning or shedding pounds or venturing outside, what does this time of renewal mean for those of us who live with an unpredictable illness every day? How can we embody the spirit of spring when we feel tied to our beds? What can spring mean when renewal seems so far out of our reach?

An 8 Hour Nap in 1 Hour

Yesterday I did something that has been on my “bucket list” for years. And I am so excited to share the experience with you. Read to the bottom to sign up and get a special coupon code if you want to experience what I did too! First some background —

Slow Cooker Lentil Dahl

I am making my own garam masala because I love the smell of the roasted seeds, and I have a spice grinder that does a quick job of grinding and blending the seeds. Pounding them yourself with a mortar and pestle can be good therapy if you’re feeling angry and have the strength!

On Why I Love DC  

I love love love this city! I joke it's because I like white marble. There's a lot of that here! I do like what the white marble represents - ideals, Rome and politics. I also love discussing politics with the smartest cab drivers anywhere. 

Who is the Goddess of Healing?

February 1st is a day dedicated to the goddess of healing and of sacred wells. So she is particularly special to us here at Wellspring Stones. Known by many names, in the Celtic tradition, she is Brigid, the lady of hearth and home as well as the primordial midwife. In addition to healing, midwifery and wellsprings, this mother goddess is also the goddess of …

Don't Go to War

“Cancer, you are going to lose and we are going to win,” declares a commercial for a prominent cancer hospital. The message personifies the illness, lists all the losses (relatives and hair) and a face then declares: “I won’t let you.” The cancer is cast in a fraught adversarial relationship. Often illness feels like an epic struggle with life and death at stake. It is one. We are embattled. Treating illness as an enemy does not work.