Past vs. Current Dreams: Discerning Which To Chase and Which To Leave Behind

Grapple is a great word. It’s kind of like a simple hybrid for “Granny Smith Apple,” like the whole word was just smashed together. Grapple. Recently I’ve been grappling with letting go of past dreams to make room for new dreams. I feel like a juggler who bought a new set of juggling balls, but […]

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Anxiety: Paying Attention to the Onset

Once a week, Little Winnowers, we are focusing on anxiety. It deserves a day entirely to itself because it is so powerful, so consuming. And unfortunately, it really is one of our biggest inhibitors to growth. For we Winnowers, our focus is on letting go – on moving through our lives in the present moment […]

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Mary Oliver & Her Magic: When a Poem Becomes a Guide

Today I want to do nothing more than share a few words of wisdom from Mary Oliver, the naturalist and American poet:   There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it.   Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not […]

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Quiet Time: Why Stepping Back is Actually a Step Forward

Little Winnowers, we are sorting. The process of emotional sorting is complex, constant, consuming. It’s a state that you enter when you begin to look at your life critically. Like cleaning out your emotional closet, you pick up each thing and ask: Do I keep this? Or do I let it go? This is our […]

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More Than a Soothing Smell; What Lavender Plants Teach Us About Growth

Lavender plants are often propagated by root cuttings. Instead of attempting to grow the plant from seed, many gardeners will choose to splice off a portion of the plant’s roots and replant it in new soil. The process is also called root division. That’s a little how this year feels to me, Little Winnowers. It […]

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Artistic Self-Care: Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitar moves like the river, rhythmic and plain and constant, and so very soothing. It is an auditory bath, coursing over the curves our bodies and reverberating inside our chest walls. It cleanses us inside and outside. I’ve often said that whenever I’m pregnant for the first time, I’m going to stretch headphones over […]

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Feeling Tangled? A Go-Getter’s Guide to Anxiety

Remember that L’Oréal hair detangler spray for little kids? That potent pear-smelling spray you’d spritz on tricky knots of hair, and work through with a comb until the hair is orderly again?  I want a grown-up detangler spray for my life. I would spray it all over my room, my car, my job, my relationships, […]

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