Find Your Purpose — Make A Difference!

Gratitude to Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group and Authority Magazine for this opportunity to tell my story

When I was in an elevator at a conference once, a woman I was talking to was wearing a tee-shirt that said: This is Not a Dress Rehearsal. I hadn’t seen that before and I hadn’t really thought about it. It made a huge impact on me. I think I had sort of thrown the words carpe diem around a few times, but I hadn’t really reflected on the idea that this is it, there is no dress rehearsal, make it…


How my life opened up in recovery

‘Addiction is a complex psychological physiological process which manifests in any behaviour that a person enjoys and finds relief in and therefor craves in the short term but suffers negative consequences in the long term and does not give up despite the negative consequences. So craving pleasure in the short term and has negative consequences in the long term and an inability to give it up.’

Gratitude to Chaya Weiner for the opportunity to talk to Authority Magazine.

Asa part of my series about people who made the journey from an addict to an entrepreneur, I had the pleasure to…


We Need More Sleep…Now where are my keys? Uh Oh … they’re in the fridge…

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. — Irish Proverb

I notice more and more when I’m talking with my friends, our conversations often drift toward our ailments and our forgetfulness. I’m 63 years old and I keep thinking that I’m way too young for this to be the focus of conversations. Another friend was talking about her fears of dementia and Alzheimer’s … again we are way too young to be having this conversation… or are we?

After listening to a TED talk by Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice, I realize…


Acedia — Our collective state of listlessness

“Acedia is sorrow so complete that the flesh prevails completely over the spirit. You don’t just turn your back on the world, you turn your back on God.”

-Thomas Aquinas

I sit staring at a blank page … a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

I’ve got nothing but time, but I can’t write.

I’ve spoken to so many people who have said similar things … with all this time, you’d think I could paint; with all this time, you’d think I’d have an amazing garden; with all this time, you’d think I could meditate, you’d think I could exercise…


The Goal Isn’t To Be Sober. The Goal Is To Love Yourself So Much That You Don’t Need To Drink.”

— Anonymous

What a great honor to be interviewed by the inspirational Lotta Dann … otherwise known as Mrs D:

“Mrs D is the name Lotta Dann gave herself when she began anonymously blogging in 2011. Through her long-running blog, Mrs D Is Going Without, Lotta discovered the incredible power of online support for people quitting drinking. Her best-selling memoir, telling the story of her recovery, was published in 2014, and later that same year Living Sober was launched. …


The United States and New Zealand and The Coronavirus

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,

it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,

it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,

it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,

it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

– Charles Dickens

I’m not unbiased. I would never claim to be. I have made my views clear on every occasion. And with dual citizenship in The US and New Zealand, I believe that I have a right to make…


Intimacy, Connectedness and Coronavirus

“It’s ironic that as the pandemic forces us into our separate corners, it’s also showing us how intricately we are all connected.”

- David Byrne

Jeremy Cohen dating in Brooklyn in a bubble…

I bring my husband tea in the morning; I put the cup down at the top of the stairs, then sit down on the landing, about 7 feet down from the top. My husband waits til I’m seated, then comes to collect his tea, and sits at the top of the stairs to drink it. Thus begins our morning routine, our time to reconnect after he has slept upstairs in our room, while I sleep…


The benefits of nature in times of social distancing

“Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!”

- Henry David Thoreau

We are being told to wash our hands, frequently; to cover our mouths when sneezing or coughing; and to practice social distancing. This is for the common good, and I support it completely and unflinchingly. We all have to protect those more vulnerable and at risk.

But not a lot is being said about how to support our own well-being in this time of Coronavirus. Reading good books and watching good films and TV series are absolutely on my list of things to do during this time…


Can we create it? Is it even possible?

“Love didn’t happen to us. We’re in love because we each made the choice to be.” — Mandy Len Catron

What is the secret to enduring love? I thought this was a fitting article for February. However, as I started to research this, I realized that for this article to hold any power, to be truly authentic and real, I would have to write about myself, to make this personal.

I have been married for thirty years, and in relationship with Jeff, from friends to lovers for over forty. I guess that gives me some credentials for enduring love. But…


We need our Sleep!

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! Early January and the holidays are over and most of us are getting back into ‘Real Life.’ For many of us, we’ve burned the candle at both ends and perhaps are feeling the exhaustion of the culmination of doing too much and not getting enough sleep. I’ve heard so many women in the last month or so tiredly grin, (or grimace) and say “No rest for the weary.” …

Patti Clark

Author of This Way Up:Seven Tools for Unleashing Your Creative Self and Transforming Your Life. Winner of the International Excellence Best Self-Help Book Award

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