Healing

The Five Stages of Emotional Healing

The Five Stages of Emotional Healing

Written by on October 22, 2013 in On Healing with 13 Comments

Over the years I have been asked by a number of people, the process by which I have been able to heal myself from emotional trauma. I have never been able to provide a satisfying answer. I have been pondering this for some time and have been observing the process with more awareness and attention. […]

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Emptiness

Emptiness

Written by on August 27, 2013 in On Healing with 1 Comment

“At the center of your being you have the answers . . .” I have been thinking about this of late. The quote is taken from the writings of Lao Tzu whom it is believed, penned the Tao Te Ching. Ironically, the statement has roused my curiosity. I have also felt the familiar resistance and […]

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Feeling like a Victim?

Feeling like a Victim?

Written by on April 17, 2013 in On Healing with 1 Comment

Feeling Like a Victim? Introduction Feeling like a victim is something all of us can relate to at least during some point in our lives. Feeling victimized is a sign that we have disconnected ourselves from our own power. This almost always leads to blaming others or shaming yourself. The victim is a powerful storyteller. […]

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Polygamy

Misconceptions About Polygamy

Misconceptions About Polygamy

Written by on October 4, 2016 in On Polygamy with 0 Comments

Misconceptions There are a lot of misconceptions and common stereotypes about the practice of Mormon Fundamentalist polygamy. As someone who was raised in polygamy, who has siblings that practice polygamy and who continues to have friendships and connections to people within the polygamist culture, I feel (somewhat) qualified to speak to at least a few […]

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Why Polygamy Should Not Be a Crime

Why Polygamy Should Not Be a Crime

Written by on July 7, 2016 in On Polygamy with 2 Comments

Whenever I am asked about my family, I take a deep breath, try not to pause for too long and then launch into a short explanation. I was born into a polygamous family and am the 23rd of 46 children. We were raised in an abusive household where many of us suffered physical, sexual and […]

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Education for Polygamous Families

Education for Polygamous Families

Written by on May 15, 2012 in On Polygamy with 1 Comment

Having myself been raised in a polygamous home I could relate to the article in the Salt Lake Tribune “ Law stays out of polygamous sect’s homeschooling ” that explores the need for improved educational opportunities for polygamous children. I was home schooled up to the fifth grade and was pulled out of school to […]

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Archetypes

Understanding the Magician Archetype

Understanding the Magician Archetype

Written by on January 27, 2016 in On Archetypes with 24 Comments

Introduction The Magician is an archetype associated with mystery, alchemy and transformation. In the shadow it can be used to deceive, distract and manipulate by altering perceptions of reality. The Magician has an innate relationship with potentiality and possibility. The Magician is a thinker, a weaver, a creator of sacred space, a visionary and an […]

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Understanding the Slave Archetype

Understanding the Slave Archetype

Written by on October 16, 2013 in On Archetypes with 11 Comments

Introduction Archetypes are about the management of our power and this is readily seen in the Slave Archetype. The Slave has negative connotations and images of the control and subjugation of one person over another come to mind. But the slave is about the relationship with the self. Cultivating a connection to the self is […]

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Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype

Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype

Written by on June 6, 2013 in On Archetypes with 41 Comments

Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype Introduction The Wounded Child archetype is only one aspect of the Child archetype. There are many variations of the Child archetype including, the Invisible Child, the Eternal Child, the Nature Child, the Magical Child, the Divine Child and others. We all have an inner child that lives in us and […]

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Symbolism

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Written by on October 23, 2012 in On Symbolism with 9 Comments

The fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast comes from a novel written by a French writer Madame Gabrielle–Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740.  Similar stories can be found in literature as early as the 2nd century A.D. in Lucius Apuleius’ book the Golden Ass where Cupid, cursed to appear as a serpent-man, falls in love […]

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Written by on August 22, 2012 in On Symbolism with 2 Comments

One of the most popular and enduring fairy tales is the story of Hansel and Gretel. It is dark tale but full of interesting symbolism. There are many versions in many cultures but the version I used was the Brothers Grimm retelling, published in the early to mid 19th century popularizing the tale. The story […]

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Written by on July 6, 2012 in On Symbolism with 0 Comments

There are many versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood but in many of the stories there are some common symbols. There is always an innocent and sweet little girl that wears a cloak or cap. (Not always red.) There is a forest and a grandmother to whom the child must take food, […]

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Book Reviews

Unbroken

Unbroken

Written by on September 17, 2015 in On Reading with 0 Comments

Unbroken  by Laura Hillenbrand is the true story of a young boy named Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants, during the Great Depression, seems to be destined for a rough life. He is mischievous beyond the average kid and causes more trouble than his poor parents can handle. But Louie is also indomitable and […]

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In the Shadow of the Banyan

In the Shadow of the Banyan

Written by on September 17, 2013 in On Reading with 1 Comment

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner is a powerful book about the essence of what survives when everything is taken from someone. The story is told from the eyes of seven year old Raami who is the daughter of a Cambodian royal family living in wealth and comfort. The book is set […]

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Written by on March 25, 2013 in On Reading with 0 Comments

Video Review of the book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, a work of non-fiction by Diane Ackerman.

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Writing Tips

First Place Winner of the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition

First Place Winner of the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition

Written by on October 8, 2017 in On Writing with 2 Comments

September 19, 2017. It was a long day. Things had gone wrong from the start. My morning coffee was weak and I had so many interruptions I was unable to get any writing done. I had to make several difficult phone calls. I missed my exit on the freeway and was late for an appointment. […]

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Cliches

Cliches

Written by on February 7, 2013 in On Writing with 1 Comment

The older I get the more cliche I have become. I guess I never realized that all those cliches that have caused an involuntary grimace have only endured because they are too true to fall out of use. I didn’t know that with age comes wisdom (I hope) and wisdom doesn’t care about cleverness or […]

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How to Achieve Clarity in your Writing

How to Achieve Clarity in your Writing

Written by on May 8, 2012 in On Writing with 0 Comments

One of the most valuable things a writer can learn about the craft of writing is clarity. Being straightforward and clear is a challenge for many writers, myself included. It is easy to think that your readers live inside your head with you and you don’t have state your ideas clearly and you can use […]

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