THE ANCESTORS

Who are the Ancestors? We are arriving at that time of the year when the ancestors are especially close to us, according to many spiritual traditions and cultural practices.  Whether as Dia de los Muertos, as it is known in Mexico and throughout Latin America, or Halloween as it is called in places with stronger […]

RETELLING OUR STORIES

Stories – personal and collective – have so much power. The stories that we tell about ourselves and about our families and communities can move us towards healing, or away from it. Because of the power of these stories, a power we are too often unaware of, most of us have tales that are untold, […]

That Dark Place

Robin Williams’ suicide has touched many of us and the familiar Parrish Shoe sign has become a shrine of sorts to his life and legacy. My favorite role of his was as Patch Adams, a doctor who found out that making his patients laugh was a very healing thing to do. It is ironic that […]

Healing with an Outlawed Plant

Nine months ago, I had a vivid dream with my mother, who passed on to other realms seven years ago. She appeared before me, radiant and bright. The surprising thing was that she was smoking a reefer, puffing the smoke with a big smile on her face. Then she turned it backwards, so the lit […]