Physical Distancing, Not Social

The human and economic toll of this viral pandemic are staggering. There is no place on Earth where fear and uncertainty do not prevail. No one knows long it will last or when it will peak, but every day we see more people infected and dying.  What we do know is how...

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Love is Also Contagious

The coronavirus is pandemic which means it’s spreading rapidly, the fear and panic it’s generated however substantially exceeds what can be reasonably expected if one gets the illness, and that’s an epidemic. It's human nature to want to protect ourselves, families...

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Hope is the Opiate of Humanity

I haven't written for a while, just felt as if I was shrouded by a cloud of pestilence that left me depleted. The endless bludgeoning of political propaganda, climate change and it’s resulting weather disasters, the Coronavirus media frenzy escalating fear to a far...

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Resurrected in Texas

Several months ago, a healthcare organization canceled a speaking engagement with me. They were concerned that my heart condition might keep me from appearing (see Schlagbyte, Sept,2019). I was a bit demoralized thinking my public speaking days were over, however my...

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A Dork Elf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkDvjgeUCbk At a community arts and music festival last week, I happened upon a face painting booth. The artist, whose name tag introduced her as Marilyn; she was a tiny, middle-aged woman, with an engaging smile and wearing an Elf hat....

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Keep on Moving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20U0JwHY0q8 I recently read an interview with Twyla Tharp the 78-year-old internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer who spoke about her new dance premiere “A Gathering of Ghosts”. The interviewer commented on her amazing...

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The Holy Box

https://youtu.be/t2tFCLkFi-Y The most precious gift I received in my work with Native people has been the awakening of my spiritual life. Their openness in sharing wisdom, traditions and ceremonial life have spoken deeply to me and opened me up to how many ways there...

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Getting Cancelled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNQptc5gZA I was scheduled to speak to a large multispecialty medical group in early Spring 2020. They were looking for someone who could educate, entertain, tell stories, and inspire doctors to sustain their healing spirit in these...

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The Will to Live

https://youtu.be/xfSxxODvy1g It's been 10 months since my 21-year-old granddaughter, Kyah Rayne Cohen died from a fatal allergic reaction. There are no words, no explanations, that can describe such a loss, the most profound I have ever experienced. Not a day goes by...

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I Speak Freely, Not Fluently

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zga-n2YPbt8 Last week I went to lunch with my daughter, and after being seated by the Hostess our server came over, introduced herself and then asked what we like to drink, when she got to the word drink she began stuttering severely....

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