A Light in the Dark

How’s your pilot light? Not the kind in your stove or furnace. I’m talking about the eternal flame, deep in your lower belly. This proverbial light is an aspect of the Water Element in Chinese medicine, and it relates to your strength and your will to keep trudging through cold, darkness, and uncertainty. It not […]

Calm your Nerves with this SIMPLE Qi Gong Exercise

Sometimes less is more, especially when you’re anxious or overwhelmed. That’s why I’d like to show you this SIMPLE calming, grounding Qi Gong exercise, which I learned from my dear friend and Chinese medicine teacher, Boonchai. If you’re feeling anxious or unsettled for ANY reason (or a bunch of them), this video is a must-watch. […]

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Sooner or later, an appointment will be forgotten. Dishes will stack. Good food will go bad. It happens to all of us—especially when we’ve got a lot on our plates. The more we add, the harder it is to manage, and inevitably, a ball gets dropped or something (or someone) gets neglected. I’ve dropped my […]

Unlovable Blues Radio

It all starts with a casual remark. Something like, “I could never look good in yoga pants,” “My arms are too flabby,” or “My hair is so dull and boring.” Maybe your friend chimes in, “Well, my butt is too big, and my lips are too thin!” And back and forth you go, highlighting all […]

Skin and Bones

That’s me in the shirt with my mom and step-dad in Florida in 1996. I was 22 years old and weighed 72 lbs. We flew there to see a doctor—as a last-ditch effort to save my life. It all started four years before with an acute bout of gastroenteritis (or so they thought). After that, […]

Good Enough

My father was a craftsman in every sense of the word. Whether he was restoring a Victorian home or building an outhouse in the Maine woods, he always did everything “just right.”  His corners were square, he never missed a detail, and you can bet whatever he built would stand the test of time. He […]

The Hidden Beauty of Grief

Little A loved waving hello. Her chubby little arm would shoot out with fingers outstretched whenever she’d see us. Even our dog Zola would get an enthusiastic wave whenever they’d cross paths. Waving goodbye, on the other hand, was a different story. She just wouldn’t do it, even though it was the exact same gesture. […]

Making Room for Everything (A Foster Care Story)

May is National Foster Care Month—something I didn’t know until I became a foster parent. There was a lot that I didn’t know before September 19, 2017. That was the day I picked up Little A from the hospital. I met the social worker at the door, and we walked to the OB ward as […]

How to Choose a Diet That’s Right for You

Ever hear this nutrition advice? “Avoid carbs!” “Eat whole grains!” “Go vegan!” “Eat more meat!” “Trim the fat!” “Fat is good!” “Cook your food!” “Go raw!” “Do this!” Stop doing that!” It’s no wonder many of us feel overwhelmed and confused about what to eat. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great ideas out […]

Foods that Put a Damper on Digestion

Imagine your digestive system is like a cozy fire in the center of your home. When well-tended, it gently “cooks” your food, allowing your body to break it down and absorb all its nutrients. Some foods are particularly damp by nature. In other words, they add extra moisture to the body, whether we need it or […]

Some Like it Hot

Have you ever noticed your cravings change with the seasons? For instance, that refreshing watermelon that was running down your chin in August may be the last thing you crave in November. As spring approaches, you may start hankering for bitter greens vs. hearty roasted vegetables and winter squash. This is our body’s way of […]

A Matter of Taste

Food has the power to lift us up when we’re down, ground us when we’re scattered, warm us up, cool us down, and even treat or prevent illnesses. The specific effects depend on the food’s inherent qualities, such as flavor, temperature, nutrients, and chemical composition. Chinese medicine refers to this as the energetics of food. I like […]