December, 2013 Archive
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December 31st, 2013

Issues of love bear on our opening to the basic nature of reality as compassion, and beginning to see that we are fundamentally not separate from others or from the basic ground. This makes our ability to love and our nourishment from love more unconditional. Love is not merely an emotion. It is a meltdown that reestablishes a more unified space of brilliance, goodness, and sadness. This is the real of function of love in spiritual tradition.”

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In the coming year, I resolve to love.

to nurture that love which already exists and to give it space to grow

to discover new ways of loving more deeply

to acknowledge where I fall short on love and to try to determine why

All towards the ideal of loving first and doing all other things next.

 

Wishing you peace and love in the coming year.

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December 27th, 2013

Parenting is a wild ride, no?

I had lunch today (a glorious two and a half hour lunch sans children!) with my best photographer friend (hey Sally!). We talked about all kinds of things, but we laughed the hardest when we talked about parenting. I mean, seriously. It’s crazy. The things you say and do throughout a day spent with children. And, the things they say back at you. Madness. Glorious madness.

In my short life as a parent, I have said or have heard my husband say the following:

“No, we don’t wash our hair in the toilet!”

“Well, that’s what happens when you try to swing from the fan!”

“Brown sugar sandwiches are not good for us. They just aren’t.”

I could go on and on.

Needless to say, I embrace the chaos (or at least I try to). And, I adore spending time with families who are also in thick of it, and who readily admit that life as a parent can be a crazy mess. Laughing with other parents and connecting with them on that level is really a truly wonderful part of being a parent. Luckily, it is also part of my job.

I met up with this family one day this fall, and we chased the kids around and talked about the madness of it all. The entire time, I marveled at the fullness of this family – such joy and excitement and love. Such is life with two of a kind, I guess.

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Recommendations you didn’t ask for | December
December 21st, 2013

Watch this: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. If you cruise on over to metacritic, you’ll get mixed reviews. But, seriously, this movie is authentic at its core with a story worth telling (that’s actually well-told). If that isn’t enough for you, then let me also say that Connie Britton (Hello, Tammy Taylor!) is in it. Go watch it.

Listen to this: Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel (featuring Leah Segal whose performance is stunning), P.T. Walkley. I heard this version of one of my favorite Christmas songs while watching the above movie (did I mention it’s amazing soundtrack?!). I am now obsessed. I am listening to it right now. And, you should be too.

Read this: Me Before You, Jojo Moyers. I read many many books this year and this was my favorite. I now recommend it to everyone. Don’t read any reviews. Just begin. Jump in blind. You will be put through an emotional ringer, but you will come out better for it.

Make this (or, better yet, have someone make it for you): Kale Salad with pecorino and walnuts. I realize that I’m recommending Kale. Call me pretentious if you will, but this salad is delicious (and even better left over!). Try it.

Locals, go here: GoodWood, DC. This well-curated space on U Street is filled with curiosities big and small (mirrors, furniture items, books, magnifying glasses, clothing items) and will always leave you coming back for more.

And, finally, check this out: TIME’s Best Portraits of 2013. One of the things I love about the end of a year are all the “Best Of” features. TIME’s Best Portraits (along with their Best Photojournalism and Most Surprising Photos) is worth checking out. My favorite Portraits on the list: those of Sally Field, Harry Belafonte and Michael Bloomberg.

 

There they are – a bunch of recommendations you didn’t ask me for!