Early winter greetings to you!


We’re blessed in the high desert to have a fresh blanket of snow on the ground; I can see from my window that it’s still snowing in the nearby Sangre De Christo mountains. The New Mexico sunshine is emerging, beckoning us outside to play and revel in the pristine beauty. But first, I’ll end this beautiful Sunday morning with a blog post…

In my post from last week I describe why I haven’t been blogging much this fall; I shared an essential formula—“The 5 G’s”— that I developed to help me through a recent time of intense significant transition.

Now that I’ve settled in from an unearthing major life change and healed from the incurred losses, I’ve revived my blog and my personal writing practice, and I now do yoga and meditate regularly.

As I’ve activated these contemplative practices, they’ve become lifelines that keep me awake, alive, and healthy. Moving to the country has proven to be great for establishing these new (and renewed) practices for my mental, physical, and spiritual health. In the end, I believe that much good can come of anything, even suffering.

I remember sittiafgong in a grad school class soon after 9/11/01–my birthday–when a particularly radical professor talked to us about AFGO’s. (see photo)

I’d already experienced a plethora of such “opportunities” in life, but it was helpful to have a humorous and handy acronym to refer to when needed, even in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy in the USA.



These aren’t easy times; in fact, they may be much harder for people and the planet than ever before. 

Even so, I encourage you to “keep on keepin’ on“, to use your tools for survival, and to continue to be determined to thrive in this precious life.

Remember that AFGO’s are grist for the mill, reminders from the Universe that being human is a challenge. May we all embrace them, learn from them, and move forward with an eye towards the future, hopefully with an open heart.