Book Review: On Repentance and Repair by Danya Ruttenberg

Recently, I read On Repentance and Repair; Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, and so many things that have been rattling around in my heart and mind have become more clear to me about these important topics. We all come from somewhere and my own experiences with the Christian interpretation of … Continue reading Book Review: On Repentance and Repair by Danya Ruttenberg

Setting Intentions

I have signed up at a variety of places over the years for emails and thus I get a ton of emails every day. Wading through my inbox the other day, I came across an email talking about setting intentions. Now, I'm most familiar with this term in the context of yoga, where we set … Continue reading Setting Intentions

Thinking about October, 2022

Every year around this time, I start to see lots and lots and lots of ads about breast cancer and breast cancer awareness -- to be honest, it starts earlier and earlier each year. October is the month that is set aside for Breast Cancer Awareness month (BCAM) and whenever I start to think that … Continue reading Thinking about October, 2022


Within the support groups that I attend and moderate, we often talk about coping; about living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) and how we do that. Sometimes I despair about how verbiage just doesn't match the MBC experience since it cannot fully describe the highs and lows that we all experience at one … Continue reading Coping


Recently, at the inaugural MBC Legacy Workshop with, as we were discussing our definitions of legacy, one of the participants suggested that we could think of our influence on those around us as "imprinting." I immediately got distracted thinking of geese and ducks, which I know aren't the only animals who are influenced by … Continue reading Imprinting

Living with Loss

As I sat down to write today about what has been weighing heavily on my heart, I went back through previous posts (as I usually do) to see what/if I've written on the topic previously. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this is a topic I've written about quite a bit since my diagnosis … Continue reading Living with Loss

When you feel misunderstood …

As I wrote about in the Enneagram post recently, I have often felt misunderstood at various points in my life. It was healing for me to read about how other people who identify with Type 8 on the Enneagram are also often misunderstood, that our intensity and passion are often misidentified as anger, which can … Continue reading When you feel misunderstood …

Book Review: The Choice: Embrace the Possible

When I read one book, the suggestions within my Kindle ap follow that genre. Some time ago, I'd downloaded the book, "The Choice: Embrace the Impossible" by Dr. Edith Egar, a survivor of the Holocaust. To say that I sobbed through much of the book is an understatement. While living with terminal cancer isn't the … Continue reading Book Review: The Choice: Embrace the Possible


I've been thinking a lot about memories from the perspective of how much my kiddos will remember before my diagnosis of Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in 2017 and afterwards. At the time of my diagnosis, the boys were two (2) and four (4) and I was legitimately concerned that if the average life … Continue reading Memories