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The Gratitude Seesaw

I struggle with gratitude. Here’s the thing. I am thankful. For so much in my life. For the wonderful people, opportunities, relationships that have brought me joy. And for the challenges—oh those challenges—that have propelled my growth.   And I know that when I consciously appreciate all that I’m grateful for, when I speak it,…

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Interview with Isabel Cotarelo

Isabel Cotarelo is definitely an amazing woman over 50! A young artist, full of dreams—and a fellowship—she came to the United States from Argentina when she was in her 20s. Please join me in learning about Isabel’s adventures in self-reinvention in art, family, work, and food! Isabel, a wonderful cook and cooking teacher, shares some…

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You Are Your Own Mirror

Have you ever had the feeling that the Universe was trying to tell you something?  Events in your life—big or small—occurred that you just couldn’t get out of your mind?   They were close together in time and felt confusing or hurtful. In some way, those events felt oddly similar, but you struggled to discern…

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Interview with Marjorie Waterman

I met Marjorie Waterman in a Facebook writing group. When I heard a bit about her life’s journey, I just knew I had to ask her share it in WomanPause. Thankfully, she graciously agreed to an interview! Marjorie is an amazing example of a life-long learner. She has done important work for Job Corps, in…

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Embrace Your Imperfection

If posed with the question, “Which do you strive to be—brave or perfect,” I would guess that most people would answer “brave.” Perfection is not something to strive for. Achieving perfection is, after all, impossible … right?   Right. Perfection is an impossible state. But that doesn’t mean we don’t strive to reach that state—even…

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Interview With Mireya Vela

Mireya Vela! Strong, courageous, all around amazing woman! I met Mireya at Antioch and loved her immediately! She is a terrific writer and visual artist, activist, researcher and mom. Mireya has taken her experiences with childhood abuse and transformed them into art. Her current collection of essays Vestiges of Courage is a stunning testament to the…

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A Look Back at a Year of WomanPause

I am so excited to say that this month—yes, this very September—marks the one-year anniversary of WomanPause! And What a Year It’s Been!   What a Year It’s Been!   First, I want to thank you all for coming along with me on this wonderful journey! Writing pieces with the aim of offering you something…

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Interview with Ana Maria Spagna

Ana Maria Spagna is definitely one of my sheroes. She’s a great model for following your passions, stepping into the scary places, and for living with the utmost integrity. Ana Maria was a writing mentor of mine at Antioch, Los Angeles. She’s a wonderful teacher, who’s generous and thoughtful with her feedback, and who always…

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FINDING HER WAY HOME: UPLAKE BY ANA MARIA SPAGNA* *First published in Entropy Magazine August 5, 2019   Hi Everyone! I can’t think of a better way to ring in the last summer holiday than by spending some time in the magnificent Northern Cascades with Ana Maria Spagna. Ana Maria is a beautiful writer whose…

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