When the Walls Fall Down

13 years ago, at a Zen monastery in Japan, I found out I was pregnant. Makes a pretty good opening line to a story, doesn’t it? Haha! I had been living and training there for nearly 5 years. It was the day after our monthly osesshin (7 day retreat). My period was late. I was…

The Storm and the Ocean Mother

Come to me with all that you are, child. Show me how you feel with strength and boldness and wildness and clarity. I can hold it all, child. I can hold all of YOU. Show me what you feel and I will remain calm, huge, wide, caring. I will not be offended. I will not…

When Grey Comes to Visit

Here I am again. I haven’t written for sometime, partly because October was a slumpy month for me.  My mood was slumpy.  Not drastically dark, but veering towards grey. I tried various things to shake it.  Chocolate, red wine, a hamburger (and considering I’ve been mostly vegan for nearly 2 years, this was a dramatic…

Hello out there

It seems that I am starting a blog and the name of it is Sparkle and Zest. I am here to share the things in my life that bring me joy, the things that are naturally beautiful and eye-catching. I am also here to dig, to look carefully and with curiosity: if I pick up…