Here is What I Know For Sure

This journey, this path of Finding Sanctuary, is what my life is about. I can’t wait to share it with you and to have you share your experiences with me in return. Join me. Let’s hold space for each other and walk together for awhile. I’m really glad you’re here.

What gifts will we bring?

A few months ago I sat on an outcropping of rock in the Grand Tetons, and looked out over square miles of Wyoming landscape stretched out before me. Philip and I had hiked for a good two hours to get to that vantage point (called Inspiration Point, ironically), and as we sat to rest and…

Sanctuary Right Here, Right Now

The hurricane. The politics. The news. The shootings. The climate. The hate. The worry. I turned on the news today and then turned it off quickly. It reminded me why I rarely, if ever, watch those live news broadcasts anymore. I don’t have the stomach, or the heart for them. It’s…

In the Eye of the Hurricane

Recently, I realized something that surprised me, in fact it rocked me to my very core. What was it? Hurricanes and sanctuary actually have a lot in common. No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses. But on the heels of surviving Hurricane Irma, I feel I’m in a position to share those…

Coming Home

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. More than my typical summer travel. I’ve been to Wyoming, Charleston and Ohio and am typing this from 30,000 feet on my way to Atlanta. When I get back, I head to Toronto in a couple of weeks. Don’t get me wrong — I do like to travel, but…

To Write a Magical Book

“Once upon a time there was a magical book. This book was magical because…” Finishing sentences like that was how I spent most of this past weekend. I have probably mentioned that I’m working on a book – it’s about sanctuary (are you shocked?), what it…

A Gift of Self

Maybe it’s the half-century birthday that is getting ever closer. Maybe it’s the weight of all the STUFF I’ve been dragging along with me — more stuff than I even have cupboards or closets to hold. Maybe it’s my impatience with complication and obligation that seems to be…

Photo of a kitten curled up in a tiny dish, creating a sanctuary of its own - photo by Alex Pavlou

Even small sanctuaries are powerful

Every once in awhile I get a little sanctuary wake up call. This week was one of those times. For some reason, sleeping through the night has become a rarity for me. Not sure why this has happened – is it my age? My changing patterns and cycles? My stress level and worry? Or just…

The Secret Art of the Bath

A quick checklist for a sanctuary bath experience: quiet time and place thick, thirsty bath sheet magnesium salts of some kind a candle or two a bath board (where have I been without this??) lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil) some soft, soulful, background music Everyone knows…

Picture of a river rushing over rocks

You truly deserve better.

Guess what? You deserve better. You have been eeking by with less than you deserve. You, my beloved reader, deserve to be able to relax. You deserve to be able to plug in and be present with your family. You deserve peace of mind. You deserve to be surrounded by beauty at some point…

Girl on sailboat

Finding the Good Life

I walked by the copy of Veranda on my desk and saw the cover. “The Good Life,” it said in bold letters. It really got me thinking. I used to work for the Good Life. I worked my you-know-what off, and so did my husband. We chased it together, trading off 20-hour days. There…