I don’t feel safe in the world anymore

Today, my neighbors put up a flag that says “F*%k Biden.” I also saw a truck this week with the same message emblazoned across its side not with spray paint, but professionally done. This guy felt this message so strongly he paid big bucks to get it painted on his…


I didn’t sign up to clean up cat vomit all the time

I can’t count how many times I am awakened at 5:00 AM by the sound of my cat retching in my bedroom. I don’t even want to count the number of times I have swung my feet off the bed into a pile of cat vomit. Or walked in the…


Some hearts just want to be home

Stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s when women were fighting hard for greater personal freedom and demanding the same rights and opportunities as men were afforded. The women’s liberation movement brought millions of…


For some of us, home has taken on a greater meaning

“There’s no place like home.” — Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz

Early in the pandemic I rarely left my house. The world out there felt too scary and home became my hideout. I thought there would come a time that I would feel safe out in the world again…


I have been a serious, responsible grown-up for long enough.

“Life is playfulness…We need to play so that we can rediscover the magic all around us.” ~ Flora Colao

When was the last time I did something that could be considered play? I am talking about playing for the sake of play. Playing for the sheer joy of it. Playing…


True self-love requires courage, not bravado

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. — Pema Chodron

What is Self-Love?

We live in the era of self-love. We are told we deserve to…


Knowing life is uncertain, I remind myself to look up and be here while I can

It has been 563 days since the world shut down. Even longer since the first murmurs of a pandemic, a deadly disease, a life-altering global event pierced our consciousness. And here we are, still dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus and Covid-19. I remember when we all thought it…


Why forgiving yourself is not the same as letting yourself off the hook

Self forgiveness is a way of looking at yourself with compassion, accepting that you are fully human, and extending grace for the ways you have failed yourself and others. However, it is not meant to justify your mistakes or the harm you may have caused. It does not let you…


An ordinary life is nothing to be ashamed of. The best things can happen in an ordinary life.

Your world is deep and rich and full of miracles. -SARK

Sometimes I think books and articles that encourage us to reach for our biggest dreams and live an extraordinary life miss the fact that many of us just want to live an ordinary life and be happy with it…


Our wounded parts present as demons, but they just want your attention

We all have demons. They always show up when we are triggered. Someone says or does something that pushes our buttons and a metaphorical door swings open and releases one or more of our demons. In that moment, we go unconscious and they barge right in and take over. The…

Beth Bruno

Human learning to be human. Writing in hopes of getting there.

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