Dear Immuno-Compromised People, A Message To You In These Unsettling Times

“Precaution is better than a cure.” Edward Coke Hey, Lovelies.Like myself, I know that many readers of my blog, and within our community, are immuno-compromised. Maybe you have an illness like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme, Hashimoto’s, Arthritis, Epstein Barr, Asthma or Diabetes. Maybe you have a genetic issue, like cystic fibrosis. Maybe you’re older or […]

A little note from us…

“Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.” ~ Naval Ravikant Hi Lovelies! It is with great sadness that Nicole and her team have made the decision to cancel the Fairy Solstice High Tea Party on 22nd June. With Nicole’s health being precarious at this time, the […]

I’m Not Ashamed

When I was first diagnosed with neurological incontinence (which comes and goes in me – I last had an attack a few years ago!) I looked everywhere for information and found almost none. It’s something no-one talks about.

Gumboot Adventure and a Lyme Update

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you […]

How To Be Strong

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ~ Masaru Emoto Someone asked me yesterday how I came to be so strong. […]

The Fairy and the Bandicoot

“Sensitive people care when the world doesn’t because we understand waiting to be rescued and no one shows up. We have rescued ourselves, so many times that we have become self taught in the art of compassion for those forgotten.” ~ Shannon L. Alder I planned to sleep in a little this morning. After my four […]

The Sweet Smell of Night

“‎Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers. She loves the sun and the wind and the night sky. She carries a silver bowl full of liquid moonlight. She has a cat named Midnight with stars on his paws. Many people mistrust Pleasure, and even more misunderstand her. For a long time I could […]

Are You The One In Four? A Letter To A Judgemental Friend

“I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”  ~ Daphne Du Maurier *Long read ahead. Go grab a cuppa. Someone, a friend (or maybe not), send me a […]

A Nicole Update and A Little Lesson In Surrender

“After all, the true seeing is within.”  ~ George Eliot, Middlemarch   Did you know that the energies of November are great for all forms of metaphysical work, for clarifying our Life Path and for honouring a life-calling by owning our capacity to share knowledge? It’s also a month for honouring our connection to the natural world, and to […]

Wishing for Good Veins

“I have druggie veins. After so much intubation they are scarred and flat and tired and difficult to handle. It’s an odd thing to confess but the truth is all I notice is people’s hands and their veins these days. I have as much vein envy as any junkie. Oh, I think. Look how fat and juicy that […]

A Week Of Wonders

“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want–you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don’t know. I’ve forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn’t matter, so long as you […]

An ordinary night of magic!

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt We’re in the city right now, and last night something quite wonderful happened. Our neighbour joined Ben and I and we walked a few blocks down […]

That 2am Place – A Lesson In Mindfulness for Insomniacs

“It was that sort of sleep in which you wake every hour and think to yourself that you have not been sleeping at all; you can remember dreams that are like reflections, daytime thinking slightly warped.”  ~ Kim Stanley Robinson I’m still in the grip of this flu. Not only that, I’m stuck in the city […]

Three In a Row!

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”  ~ W.C. Fields This morning I’m celebrating a minor miracle at my house. For the past three nights I have gone to bed, fallen asleep and then woken in the morning. It’s been years (at least fifteen!) since I’ve had an uninterrupted night’s sleep, […]

Maybe It’s Time To Be More Fully You…

“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have.”  ~  John Grisham   Be yourself. Be authentic. It’s what everyone tells you. In fact it’s totally hip to be authentic. But how far should you go? I’m creating a new website right now. My old one is awful – a static site I can’t change after my […]

Sorry You Missed Me Yesterday…

  “Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” ~ Gever Tulley I was intending to blog yesterday, and then I couldn’t. Early on Monday morning I was strapped into a heart monitor and holder for twenty-four hours, and while I was wired I had to stay […]

The restorative power of deep rest

“It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of […]

How to Check In with Yourself Each Morning

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”  ~  Glen Cook After yesterday’s post where I talked about the importance of self-care and of knowing and honouring your priorities in life this year I had a flood of messages from people asking me how to actually do […]

Demon Banishing And Custard Buns In Hong Kong!

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous I’m in Hong Kong right now, for the first part of the surprise holiday Ben bought me for my ‘Congratulations on turning fifty and thank you for not dying’ present. We’re having a fantastic time. Every day is crammed with […]

Why We Vaccinate

 “In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition […]

Crying Over Sushi

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”  ~  Erin Hanson   Yesterday was quite a remarkable day for me. In the morning I drove to the other side of town for a meeting with an illustrator […]

It’s crowded here right now…

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” ~ Val Saintsbury   While I’m busy on bed rest just now I’m being very well looked after. Harry and Rufous take turns to stay with me during the day. Except for nap time, when we all bunk in together. There’s no chance of me […]

Superbugs: My First Real Taste of Fear

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will […]

Blogging Gone Bad – Why I am taking a break for a few days…

“I find that the best way to cope with life’s difficulties is to surrender to what is. Don’t fight it. Flow with it.” ~ Nicole Cody Hi Lovelies I’m pecking out these words left handed from my deluxe overnight accommodation in Byron hospital. Yes, I am still running my retreat. Except at night where I […]

Science-ing Our Way Back to Health!

“Molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living systems on the earth today, bacterial cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 gms, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up […]

Choosing Your Perspective

“If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” ~ Henry Miller   I have never been much good at arranging flowers. I’ve never had the eye for it. That is, until I found […]

Grace In Plain Sight

“Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.” ~ Aberjhani   You may have noticed that I’ve been uncommonly quiet here on my blog this past few weeks. Those of you who’ve known me for a while will also know that if I’m ever quiet it is always for good reason. […]

Nic’s Latest Update: Life as a #Lymewarrior

“O snail Climb Mount Fuji But slowly, slowly!” ~ Kobayashi Issa “Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” ~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones   Ah, Lovelies, I’d hoped to be bringing you […]

A Little Nicole Update

“People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.” ~ Anthony de Mello   So, here I am, still in hospital. There have been a few little bumps in the road, including a massive resurgence of lyme symptoms and […]

The Very Valid ‘Not Coping’ Style of Coping

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

Accidental Angels

“A magpie can be happy or sad: sometimes so happy that he sits on a high, high gum tree and rolls the sunrise around in his throat like beads of pink sunlight; and sometimes so sad that you would expect the tears to drip off his beak. This magpie was like that.” ~ Colin Thiele […]

What Happens When Someone Believes In You

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich   Memoir is a funny thing for taking you walking into places you would rather not remember. I was thinking, last night, of […]

An Amazingly Ordinary Fabulous Day!

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people […]

Changing Your Perspective Changes Everything

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” ~ Shannon L. Alder   I met with a new doctor yesterday. It was a trial of sorts. I wanted to see if they would become my Lyme Recovery Plan A, or whether […]

Doctor, Doctor…

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.   When do you accept your current circumstances, […]

Nurse Bert Reports

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.”   ~ Mandy Hale     I’m not letting her out of my sight. Nicole, that is. Because she’s still really sick. I’m making her rest. I’m following her if she needs to get […]

Packing My Suitcase…

“Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” […]

Choosing Your Emotional State

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” ~ Walter […]

The Best Spagyric Tincture Deal You’ll See All Year!

“A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.” ~ Hippocrates   Those of you who follow my blog know that one of the factors that has been instrumental in my healing journey with Lyme has been to take the Mare Maia herbal spagyric tinctures that have been so carefully and […]

A Little Lyme Recovery Update

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” ~ Winston S. Churchill […]

Does Planning Your Future Press All The Wrong Buttons In You?

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~ Salvador Dalí “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~ […]

My Unscheduled Five-Star Holiday!

“Whenever I pull an oracle card for myself, it always seems to have one message… Rest!” ~ Nicole Cody   Hello Lovelies, I’m having a little enforced rest in this lovely five-star resort (some would call it a hospital!) due to my naughty misbehaving heart. Thank you, Lyme Disease. Even on the way out of […]

Lovely Herbal Tincture Combos to Help You Heal

“A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.” ~ Hippocrates   My friends Paul Hardacre and Marissa Newell of Mare Maia, who make the spagyric herbal tinctures that have been so beneficial in my own journey back towards health, have just created some very good value packs with three tinctures […]

Looking Back at Me

“We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections   It’s odd, this process of writing about yourself. Seldom do we […]

‘Second Chance’ Spagyrics Sale

“Because this is what I believe – that second chances are stronger than secrets. You can let secrets go. But a second chance? You don’t let that pass you by.” ~ Daisy Whitney, When You Were Here   A few weeks ago I posted about some powerful natural medicine that has helped me in my […]

Two Steps Back

Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up. ~ Richelle E. […]

The Joy Of Ordinary

“And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving […]

A Lovely Spagyric Tincture Offer For My Readers

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ~ John Muir, The Mountains of California   One of […]

The Slow Climb Back

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” ~ Winston S. Churchill   […]

Dancing Out Of the Lymelight

“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.” ~ Robert Brault   I’m off to see my Lyme Doctor today, and I’m hoping for a good report. In the last few months I’ve noticed real and sustained change. I have more energy. People […]

Turmeric and Ginger Tea Recipe

“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she […]

Where’s Your Focus?

“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.” ~ Joss Whedon On Friday I posted about a beautiful ordinary day, and how much I had enjoyed such simple things as a trip to the farmers’ markets, clean sheets on the line, sunshine and crisp ripe apples. After that post I received two emails, extracts of […]

We Need To Talk Wee

“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” ~ C.G. Jung “We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.” ~ Mother Teresa   A few years ago I wrote a blog post about vomiting in public places. It was quite controversial. Many people thought that talking about vomit was something one shouldn’t do in polite company. Nice girls […]

One of those nights…

“She used to tell me that a full moon was when mysterious things happen and wishes come true.” ~ Shannon A. Thompson Tonight will welcome May’s full moon. I love a full moon. Unfortunately so does lyme disease. Many lyme sufferers find an acute ramping up of their symptoms in the day or two before a full moon. […]

Breathing Yourself To Sleep

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh   Do you ever have trouble getting to sleep, or falling back to sleep if you wake up during the night? One of the great issues that many lyme sufferers (like me) experience is insomnia, which […]

A Me Update

“Solar Eclipse Each morning I wake invisible. I make a needle from a porcupine quill, sew feet to legs, lift spine onto my thighs. I put on my rib and collarbone. I pin an ear to my head, hear the waxwing’s yellow cry. I open my mouth for purple berries, stick on periwinkle eyes. I […]

Feeling So Very Grown Up!

“I feel wonderful and sad. It’s the gin.” ~ Stephen Beresford, The Last of the Haussmans   I know. It’s a picture of a drink. But it’s not just any drink. That drink is a personal victory. Let me explain…. For the next few days I’m attending an essential oils conference on the Gold Coast. […]

Saturday Night Lights

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day. Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid […]

A Slow Start is Better Than No Start

“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” ~ Robin S. Sharma   It’s fair to say that, thanks to Lyme Disease, I’ve experienced chronic ill-health for a long time. Over thirty years, in fact. And certainly in the past six or seven years, as I have battled with cardiomyopathy, congestive […]

On Overcoming Obstacles

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge   I have always wanted to […]

Lyme Eyes, Magic Eyes

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” ~ Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart   If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know: a) that I have Lyme disease b) that […]

Poems, Prayers and Promises

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver   I saw a new lyme doctor yesterday. Why a new doctor? It goes like this: The first doctor I saw diagnosed me but wouldn’t treat me because ‘lyme was contentious and he was trying to […]

Pomegranate, Kale and Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

“Fun fact #1 about pomegranates: Pomegranates are awesome. Fun fact #2: Pomegranates are like little explosions of awesome in your mouth. Fun fact #3: A lot of people think you’re not supposed to eat the seeds of a pomegranate – but that’s not true, people who tell you that are liars, and they don’t know […]

Talking to Dragons

“Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.” ~ Steven Brust, Jhereg   It’s after 3am. An odd time to be posting a blog. Still. I’m wide awake. I might as well stay up now so that I can do my morning meditate soon, as is my daily practice. It’s been one of those nights. The […]

My Day’s Best Medicine

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ~ George Gordon Byron   There is one thing Lyme has taught me that is well worth sharing. Some of the best medicine isn’t prescribed by a doctor. Here’s some of my favourite medicine. The smell of pine trees and sunshine. Posies of sweet little flowers from […]

Lit up like a Lyme Green Christmas Tree

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey   Well, you know by now that when I’m quiet there’s a good reason. This time? My doctor recommended a new combination of Lyme drugs. Result? […]

My Early Christmas Present

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ~ Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy   Monday was my day off. A day to rest, sandwiched between two days of psychic work on either side. I am in Brisbane right now, and the plan was that Ben […]

I should be grumpy this morning…

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher I should be grumpy this morning. Really, really grumpy. I have now completed my third drug-free week from my lyme treatment, letting my liver have a break. At first I was so grateful to not have to […]

And then the Storm…

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” ~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz   Sunday was Drug Number Four Day in my current Lyme medication regime. Today is, too. Ever the optimist, I had […]

Breathing Through The Pain #LymeWarrior

“Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves […]

Attack of the Gorn

“Of all the things we can feel with our minds and bodies, severe pain is the purest, for it drives everything else from our awareness and focuses us as perfectly as we can ever be focused.” ~ Dean Koontz   There is this thing that happens to me on my current Lyme drugs. It started in […]

A Big Green #Lyme Anniversary!

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham I was talking with my sister yesterday, and she said to me, “Hey, are you planning anything special for your thirty year anniversary […]

Are You Giving Yourself Space To Heal?

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock, The Use Of Life I’m on a fairly savage regime of drugs and […]

Herbal Tea Recipe for Adrenal Fatigue

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and […]

Requiem For A Lost Poet – #Lyme

“I don’t need a cloak to become invisible.” ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   I found out earlier this week that a fellow Lyme sufferer in the USA took her own life. I never met Heather, but I know her journey. All late-stage Lymies know, and understand, because so easily, that could […]

Two Steps Forward…

  “Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” ~ Samuel Smiles   It’s been a frustrating few days for me. I’ve recently changed Lyme doctors, and begun a new regime of drugs […]

Lyme and Making Plans

“She had learned the lesson of renunciation and was as familiar with the wreck of each day’s wishes as with the diurnal setting of the sun.”  ~ Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge “Success is when everything that goes wrong, fits in your plan.”  ~ Gary Rudz   When I was diagnosed, finally, with Lyme disease, back in […]

Nurture in cups and bowls

“I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.” ~ Dylan Moran   It’s been a hard two weeks for me. Meds issues. Doctor issues. Mobility and pain issues. Crushing insomnia. Nausea. And a myriad other bothersome things. Ah, […]

A Quick Update On Me!

“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”  ― T.F. Hodge “A bruise is a lesson… and each lesson makes us better.”  ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In […]

Slowly Slowly Better…

“I saved a man’s life once,” said Granny. “Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I’d bought it from the dwarves. That’s the biggest part of doct’rin, really. Most people’ll get over most things if they put their minds to it, you just have to […]

Update from Lyme Land

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” ~ Winston Churchill   It’s […]

Inviting Help into Your Life

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint   Divine Guidance.  Signs. Help.  Answers to prayers.  Last-minute […]

Me and That Owl

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~ Oprah Winfrey “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates   Last Monday, in my Doctor’s rooms, I received the best kind of news. Although I am still unwell, I have definitely turned the corner in my struggle against Lyme disease. I am no longer dying. I am healing. My life is once again unfurling […]

Heartbreakingly Wonderful News

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” ~ Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult […]

#Lymetime – The Big Day Looms…

“I still think that everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a singular tragic encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. That moment is the catalyst – the first step in the equation. But knowing the first step will get you nowhere – it’s what comes after that determines the result.” ~ Robyn Schneider, The Beginning […]

Zucchini Bread Recipe – Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

“When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow   I should have titled this post The Great Zucchini Loaf Challenge! I have a friend who is always telling me that they positively hate zucchini. This friend last ate zucchini thirty years ago at boarding school. They tell me […]

A Boat Called Insomnia

“But Pooh couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of […]

Catching My Breath

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”  ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation   The past few days have been a […]

Measuring Progress

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who […]

A Short Walk

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking […]

The Power of Story

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  ~ Philip Pullman   The past few days have been rough for me. It’s a lyme thing. Partly because of the pathogens that have invaded and taken up residence in my body and partly because of the ongoing treatment to evict […]

Morning Rewards

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”  ~ Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes It’s still early. But already I’ve meditated. I’ve taken my morning ‘before food’ drugs. I’ve fasted and I’ve given vial upon vial of my blood to be tested for positive signs of health progress. It’s time for […]

Lucky Dip #2

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  ~ Bob Marley   It’s one of those ‘not coping very well’ kind of days. I’ve been enduring nights of no sleep, constant pain, fevers, sweats and anxiety. But that’s okay. It’s all for a good cause. And I’m prepared for days like […]

View From My Windows

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”  ~ Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses   My windows are both real and figurative. The picture above is the view from my bedroom window. This view changes hour by hour, and affords me much pleasure. In the early mornings the sky is grey, before becoming […]

Love Letters to Myself…

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”  ~ Marvin J. Ashton So today I begin the next round of drugs that are making me well. Problem is, in taking these […]

Coming back to myself

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~ Nelson Mandela   I am sitting in a cafe at Byron Bay, and it feels like a small miracle. After my six-week fever broke last night, and a powerful meditation shifted me past most […]

My Sweet Poison

“Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it […]

The ‘No Blog’ Blog…

“Sometimes even the mind’s greatest resolve is not enough to conquer the body’s own particular requirements. ~ Nicole Cody Sorry, Lovelies. No blog today. Can’t get out of bed, nor lift my head and everything hurts. Agonisingly so. Thank goodness for my iPad. Still, I am steadfast in walking this path and in my mind […]

Two powerful insights on Change and Healing

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away […]

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