Notes from the Camino 2023

The Camino challenges, surprises, amuses, annoys, and ultimately heals. The Camino give you what you need. Especially if we heed the signs along the way, literal and metaphorical, and sometimes they are both. The Camino always delivers, and faithfully it did again this past April. Hollye Jacobs and I lead two groups this year, during… Continue reading Notes from the Camino 2023

Change Like a Butterfly–Getting to What’s Next and Finding Clarity in Chaos

Close-Up of Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Pink Conrflower. Photo via Getty Images

There is no butterfly that was not once a warm mess of caterpillar goo. And that caterpillar did not get from goo to gorgeous overnight, no she did not. But did she did fret over it? No. She embraced the cycle, as we can choose to do ourselves when change happens, as it does, whether we… Continue reading Change Like a Butterfly–Getting to What’s Next and Finding Clarity in Chaos

What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos, Retreat at Omega, August 19-21

If by some unfortunate chance you are at NOW WHAT?  place in life, we’ve got you. Read on: First of all, I’m so sorry. Second, it is going to change. That much is certain. Even if it’s not okay, it’s your life, trust your journey. And third, we have a weekend for you. New and exciting… Continue reading What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos, Retreat at Omega, August 19-21

Announcing New Workshops!

Email me at to inquire about workshops, and check the Workshops page for the latest.I’m happy to hear from you! Here’s what’s been recently and coming soon. What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos  August 19-21, 2022 First things first, new and exciting: My Camino walking partner and friend Hollye Jacobs and I will lead a… Continue reading Announcing New Workshops!

Finding Relief in a World of Panic

I confess to a strange sensation amid a world in the panic of epidemiological meltdown: relief, a curious lightness of spirit borne of surrender. At the end of the day we HAVE NO IDEA what’s going to happen in our lives, in our medical labs, or in our financial markets. So think about this: Having no idea is having every idea. When you have no fixed beliefs, then you are open to every every possibility. The Buddhists call it “don’t-know mind,” an elevated state of awareness.

Hit the Pause Button – via The Silver Pen

You all know how I love The Silver Pen blog and its author Hollye Jacobs.  You also know how important it is to “hit the pause button” now and then. And yet. I know, I know. But please read Hollye’s wise words on this subject. I can’t think of a better way to continue through… Continue reading Hit the Pause Button – via The Silver Pen

Loving Lotusland, a Garden (and a Gardener) Like No Other

Anybody with the stamina to marry six times is nothing if not energetic. Ganna Walksa was certainly that–and a visionary as well. Her beauty was legend, her voice sublime, her past a touch scandalous, and her portrait a gift from the czar of Russia. But her most fabulous legacy is Lotusland. Prepare to swoon.

“I Just Say Thank You”

The other night I went to a reception–a salon, really–hosted by The Silver Pen‘s Hollye Jacobs for journalist Lisa Ling, who was speaking later that evening as part of the wonderful arts and lecture series at UC Santa Barbara. Hollye, who is a friend and amazing person, held an informal discussion with Lisa, and invited… Continue reading “I Just Say Thank You”

A New Book I Love: Decades, by Cameron Silver

Any book that begins, “I started my career as an interpreter of verboten Weimar cabaret songs” gets my attention right off the bat. Seriously? Alas Cameron Silver ended his singing career to pursue a passion for vintage fashion and is the author of a magnificent new book called Decades, after the name of his famed… Continue reading A New Book I Love: Decades, by Cameron Silver

Buck House Goes Pink

A friend, reader and fellow breast cancer rodeo contestant sent me this photo and I wanted to share it with you in case you haven’t seen it, in a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’ve always heard the queen had a sense of humor. Lest there be any doubt that thing she did with… Continue reading Buck House Goes Pink