Blog Category : Celebrating in the Dark

Valentine’s doesn’t have to look like Hallmark.


Hey there. Happy Valentine's Day. I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that while chocolates and roses are perfectly lovely, there are a lot more varieties of love than just the flowery-n-sweet kinds. Let this day be an expression of your own style of love. Let it be the way y...

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This moment; the truth. Lost and found.


Ever hear of backlash? It's that conk on the head when we're not looking. It usually comes shortly after a moment of feeling really good and expansive — when like life is opening up. Yesterday I wrote a post about not being a naturally happy person. About how I don't bemoan th...

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Look out for that (purring) black cat!


I've always loved Friday the 13th, ever since the 7th grade when a boy I liked asked me to roller skate at a skate party the evening of Friday the 13th. That one was in January, too! (And when we held hands, I didn't get too sweaty!) This morning, when I awoke and remembered that it was...

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What do you love about your body?


A couple weeks ago a writer posted online that she was interested in hearing women's stories about when we first remember loving our bodies. It was an intriguing question and I sent off my response. This week Natasha Burton's article was published on MSN and is called "How to Feel...

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What sustains you? (Even in the dark.)


SIMPLY CELEBRATE NEWSLETTER: JULY/AUGUST 2011 By Sherry Richert Belul   I am reading Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham. One of the main points he makes, which truly resonates with me, is this: "Pay attention to specific moments that invigorate you." This may seem rea...

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What you see is what you get.


This morning when I was walking down Mission Street here in San Francisco, I was noticing how gritty and dirty the street looked. Litter and grime kept catching my eye.And then, wonders of wonders, some grace dropped in and I was reminded of a great teaching my son offered to me when he was t...

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When black-n-white turns technicolor.


The other evening, my beau and I watched a film called, A Single Man—about an English Professor who is despondent after the death of his lover. Early on in the movie, we learn that this professor is planning to kill himself in the evening. However, as the day goes on, this man experience...

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Tiny cracks that let in light.


SIMPLY CELEBRATE NEWSLETTER: MAY/JUNE 2011 Twenty years ago, I had just broken up with my boyfriend after a recent move to San Francisco. I was broken hearted and grappling with a depression that had been nipping at my heels for years. I couldn’t kick it off this time. I fell into what...

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Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbeds


I recently came across this list of Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbeds, written by Bronnie Ware, who works with the dying. I was really moved when I read this piece. Reading Bronnie's list gave me a sense of perspective that is sometimes hard to get in the midst of day-to-day li...

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No haircut big enough for this.


Below is a poem my friend Maya Stein wrote a couple weeks ago. What I love so much is that Maya saw something I didn't see. She unearthed a poem from what I thought was an ordinary moment. And thus, that moment became something more. Something other. Something extraordinary. How ...

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