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Rupture

Ever been told you’re “too much”?

August 18, 2016

Has anyone ever told you that you’re ‘too much’? Too loud? Too emotional? Too needy? Too desperate? Too clingy? Too sexy? One of my guy friends was complaining to me, just yesterday, that women are insane. And this is a really great guy with a wife, and three daughters. Who was raised by a single […]

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Violence flourishes without the feminine.

July 27, 2016

  There are things I know how to do. When a kid falls and scrapes her knee, I am so good for picking her up and soothing her, whether she’s mine or someone else’s. When a friend needs emotional support, I’m 100% there. But when I read the news these days, I feel kicked in the […]

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Heartbreak training, and how to Woman Up.

July 19, 2016

  Where did you get your heartbreak training? Today, I’m going to tell you a story of where I got mine, and the experience that turned it all on its head (for the better).  But before I do, I have a quick update for you: A few weeks ago, I told you to save the […]

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3 Survival Tips for When Life Sucks

July 13, 2016

  True confessions: I did not have an easy spring this year. Now, as the self-proclaimed Pleasure Queen, I hold myself to a standard. Not so different than yours, I’m sure. And so, like you, I disapprove of myself heartily when my little row row row my boat does not go so gently down the […]

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Beyonce, Paris, and the messy truth of creation.

May 11, 2016

There is a part of creation that hurts. That could seem humiliating. Or embarrassing.   Creation is … chaotic. Feminine. Co-operating with forces, more than rules. Raw. Risky. Fueled by passion. Making no sense, sometimes. Choosing into a living, breathing truth that may be utterly unrecognizable to others.   I had my ass blown every-which-way-wide open […]

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“I am a survivor.”

March 2, 2016

I draw courage from the stories of women who have courage. I draw strength from learning from women who have overcome the insurmountable. I transmute when I hear of a woman who has remade herself, cellularly. The fire in my belly busted into a wildfire when I heard Annette’s story. And the very same thing […]

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Of Grief and Gratitude

November 23, 2015

Paris. Mali. Syria. Beirut. Russian plane in Sinai. Like you, I have been continually heartbroken, shocked, and overwhelmed by the horrific acts of terrorism in the past few weeks. And noticing, inside myself, that when I begin to feel overwhelmed and helpless, a part of me wants to shut down, to hide. To turn away. […]

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Of love, Princess, and the passage of time.

November 4, 2015

I never really wanted a dog. I am more of a cat person – the coming, the going, the ignoring you, the keeping-their-distance thing was way more my style. I value independence. But, raising a single child as a single mother in the city that has more single people than families, that has lots of […]

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How the hell is this my life?

January 27, 2015

Sister Goddess Leslie, Age 41 When I walked through the doors of the School of Womanly Arts, I was getting a divorce at the age of 37. I was beyond devastated. On the other side of this journey, I am a proud new mama at the age of 41, partnered with my husband and best friend, […]

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Let’s detonate “fine.”

May 27, 2014

I am sure you have noticed. Babies cry every single day. Sometimes briefly, sometimes inconsolably. They also laugh every day. Not to mention wriggle, crawl, bounce and flap. And they move smoothly from emotion to emotion: wailing, then settling back to a set point of happiness pretty easily. Nothing like a woman. Women are encouraged […]

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