Circle of Family and Friends – You and Your Personal Community

Finding joy in the ordinary. . .

This is not the first post about joy that I have recently written.  It’s on my mind because of the seminars I do, the books I write and my own daily commitment to living  joyfully.  Obviously I believe it’s attainable; and yet I know many who seldom express joy or […]

Joy is a decision. Isn’t it?

I am facilitating a workshop in St. Paul, MN with a friend and colleague, Bill Alexander, on October 22nd, just a few weeks from now.  Our topic is joy so I have thought about it a lot lately.  The full title of the workshop is Cultivating Joy in our Relationships. […]

Time slips by. . .

I celebrated my 35 year anniversary in AA three days ago.  I honestly can’t fathom where all the years have gone.  Nearly half of my life has been spent in AA rooms.  I remember quite well  the first meeting I attended here in Minneapolis.  I still recall many of the […]

Awareness is the key to living full lives. . .

I read a wonderful little book yesterday by David Foster Wallace.  The title is This Is Water.  It’s one of those special little books that takes a hold of you and doesn’t let go.  It’s actually a commencement address that Mr. Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005.  He begins […]

Taking ourselves and the situations in our lives too seriously is not a necessary part of the growth curve.

What a relief to be reminded by good friends, (and it takes a good, and brave friend to do it,) that we need not overreact to the common, ordinary situations that occur on a daily basis.  As a matter of course, reacting, rather than making a calm choice to simply […]

To embrace detachment offers us freedom from bondage. . .

I ponder the idea of detachment quite often.  It’s been the topic in more than one of the books I have written, (see www.womens-spirituality.com, books section) and it is the primary topic in many of the workshops and lectures I do in the public arena.  I love the topic because […]

Leading from the heart heals all living things. . .

I was at a great 12 step meeting last night where the topic was “opening our hearts” to the travelers on our path, whoever they might be.  I am personally convinced that we could heal the wounds of the world if every one of us offered a “heart-felt” expression even […]

The gifts of recovery are far-reaching. . .

Every time I go to a meeting or receive a phone call from a friend or sit down at my computer to read comments on the posts I have written or open emails from readers who have been helped by one or another of my books, I sit back, stunned, […]

Being a witness to someone’s life is a wonderful gift. . .

I am currently reading a great book: Someone Knows My Name, by Canadian author, Lawrence Hill.  It’s a book about the transportation of Africans into America in the mid 1700’s and later.  The story is told through the eyes of one young female who was torn from her home and […]

Your comments intrigue me. . .

I have spent the last 3 hours reading comments from you, the readers, and commenting back in many instances.  How thrilling it is for me to be writing and then hearing from you in such a quick turn-around.  After nearly thirty years of writing books, this is an interesting departure. […]