Ambition: The Rhinoceros of the Soul

Ambition is my Achilles heel—a character weakness in my animal-like nature that drives me off course. Ambition is the fly in the ointment of my spirituality—an ever-present annoyance that buzzes around my brain, convincing me to go off course in pursuit of another vain pursuit. Ambition drives me to obsess the future, take big steps …

The Loss of Innocence

“I want to write poetry that heals the soul.” Last night, my daughter, Elya, expressed this desire after she read her poem, “The Loss of Innocence,” to me. She is exploring the idea that self-forgiveness breaks the cycle of shame that perpetuates addiction and abuse. Her desire is for those who have suffered from abuse …

The Wonders of Travel by Monique Gascon

I am pleased and honored to feature Monique Gascon's amazing and inspirational post about her passion for traveling. Whether you are an avid travel enthusiast or an armchair traveler wanting to see more of the world, you will find this reflection fascinating: I often wonder what factors motivate a person to become a traveler.  Are …

My Kindred Heart

How odd to see a version of yourself walking (or jumping) around in male form. This is the way I feel about my son who is currently working for a small start-up company in Cape Town named Virtual Mobile Technologies, founded by two South African brothers, Wilter and Arno du Toit. As if some serendipitous encounter consumed us—on different continents during …

Safe arrival…music to my ears!

There is a deadness that sinks into your soul and burrows ever deeper as it goes. You call his number, but to no avail. "No service available."     He's gone...flying far away through amber skies. You weep. A mother's heart is broken.       I scribbled these thoughts on a sticky note after trying to return my son's phone …