Yes, This Too Shall Pass

- During this bizarre and unprecedented time, I'm not exactly sure how to feel, think, or act. Most days, I go about my new semi-isolation routine and take this all in stride, which is my usual default position. However, a few times each... Read More

My Favorite Positive Emotion: Forgiveness

- I bring you Post # 3, originally published on March 29, 2017. While I was researching ideas for my blog, Persephone Rising, I came across an interesting study by George Vaillant, a Harvard researcher and physician. His research melds... Read More

Time to Turn "Shoulds" into “Musts”

- In my last post, I focused on the importance of understanding your paradigms, and illustrated how paradigms can either be your greatest obstacle or the most powerful accelerator to your success. I wrote, “Your paradigms are the sentries... Read More

Understanding the Power of Paradigms

- “Our awareness of our patterns is the first step toward designing the life for which we’re intended.”~ Mary Morrissey Like Persephone, the eponymous heroine of this very blog, I too have taken a four-month winter hiatus (although not... Read More

Things I Wish I Knew at 18

- This week marks my two and a half year anniversary — a very non-consecutive week run, I should add, but impressive nonetheless. It’s been quite a fantastic journey. Two and a half years ago, this was just a wish, a dream of creating... Read More

Finding Compassion

- I’ve been thinking a lot about the current economy of the U.S., especially through the lens of life in a big city.  All I hear these days is how well the economy is doing — unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, and people,... Read More

Escaping the Closets of Our Own Making

- In honor of World Pride Month, which culminates this weekend here in New York City with the NYC Pride March, I wanted to bring a touch of gay sensibility to Persephone Rising, and I found the perfect piece for you. Ash Beckham gave a... Read More

Paying Attention to Your Thoughts

- This week, I’m bringing you a slight respite from a long topical thought-piece. My intention was to write a post about understanding the difference between living a life of "shoulds" and living a life of "musts." As I was looking through... Read More

Revisiting Some Fundamental Truths

- Today is the last day in May, a month that, for me at least, is full of life markers. It’s the beginning of my favorite time of year — late spring and summer; the Kentucky Derby runs the first Saturday of May — my annual Derby Party... Read More

On a Journey Through Grief

- I was heartsick to hear that my Uncle Allan died last week. Allan was my father’s younger brother, and beyond being my mother’s brother-in-law, he was also a close high school friend of hers. My parents each had one brother. My parents... Read More