Latte With A Twist

“Embrace the cows.”

Gwen and I turn to stare at the waiter, surprised at having our conversation interrupted. He looks directly at me. Heavily accented, he slowly repeats, “Embrace the cows.”

I turn back to Gwen, letting the waiter know he’s not part of this conversation and his unsolicited advice is not wanted. “Do you think that’s some kind of new pet therapy, Gwen? I swear, the things people will pay money for.”

Gently, the waiter sets down our designer lattes. Gwen’s is a fern frond sprinkled with cinnamon, mine a heart, swirled in cocoa powder. Its cheeriness mocks me. Next, he places our pavlovas, topped with whip cream and passionfruit. I crave the marshmallow gooeyness to soothe my soul. Then, with a slight nod of his head, our foreign philosopher departs.

Gwen and I are at our favourite java joint having a natter. I’m doing all the talking. Complaining, really. The BMW club – bitch, moan, and whine – and today, I’m its loudest member. Since we sat down, I’ve been ranting non-stop about my horrible week, the endless drama in my life, reliving each incident, each disaster, with my blow-by-blow account.

Gwen’s silent, but the coffeeshop listens and punctuates my diatribe. Tsk, tsk, tsk, says the clinking spoon, stirring in the china cup. The bean grinder empathizes, grrrrr. Like an Italian grandmother, the espresso machine disdains, Bah! Whooosh.

Apparently, Gwen and the coffeeshop haven’t been the only ones listening. I do tend to speak loudly when I’m on a roll. Fortunately, the few other customers are seated on the other side of the café, so it’s only the waiter who’s heard.

Embrace the cows.

What the hell does that mean?

Gwen’s talking now. Her turn. We are supposed to share in this club. I’m half listening as I try to decipher the waiter’s cryptic remark. Yes, I am that desperate that I search for meaning in the words of a stranger. Are there really places where people go to hug cows? I’ve heard that pets are therapeutic. Calming. After all, dogs are used in nursing homes, hospices. And horses heal post traumatic stress. But cows?

Well, they do seem gentle, non-threatening. The methodical rhythm of cud-chewing could possibly be relaxing. I imagine placing my cheek against the black and white hide, the cadence of its bovine breathing moving me up and down, up and down, rocking me like a baby. The cow’s tail swishes, tickling my face. Mooooo. I feel the vibration throughout my body. I’m one with the cow and, for the first time in weeks, I feel quiet inside. I smile.

“What are you smiling about?” Gwen asks indignantly. “It’s not funny, you know.” I try to refocus on what she’s saying, to get my head back into the game. Weird as it may be, I’ve decided to come back later and ask that waiter where I can go to embrace the cows.

Our attendant reappears and slides our bills onto the table, not saying a word. Probably because I was so rude earlier, I think.

I turn over my bill and notice he’s written a message. I squint at the distinctly European script.

“Embrace the chaos!” it says. I peer over at the waiter, eyes tear-filled. Embrace the chaos. Not the cows! I flash him a weak smile and he nods in return.

“Ready to go, then?” Gwen asks, but she’s already grabbing her purse and rising.

I leave a big tip and exit with Gwen, all the while ruminating on a hot new business venture.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Many thanks to friend and colleague, John Angrignon, whose text message inspired this short story.

It’s A Sign !

Hiking in the woods has become a sure-fire way to get my creative juices flowing. One day as I stood at the edge of the ravine surrounded by trees, I became aware of a woodpecker, rat-a-tat-tat. Where was it? I searched the branches repeatedly until I realized it was on the other side of the trunk. I couldn’t step around the tree to see the bird without falling off the cliff. I had to be content with hearing it and sensing its presence.

Trees often speak to me. (They speak to all of us if we take time to listen.)

As I deliberated on how and when to publish my manuscript, I heard this: (more…)

Remain Childlike

Today, while out on my morning walk, I acted like such a child!

You see, I saw the city truck and the noisy machine, and I got soooo excited! SOMETHING was about to happen!

Yes, I was jumping with curiosity.

And then that little voice in my head said, “Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” (more…)

The Art Of Waiting


Tick, tock.

Waiting, waiting, waiting. Tick tock. Tick tock.

You feel like you are in limbo. In between.

In between the letting go of one thing and the having of another.

You feel restless. Slightly anxious.

There’s a nagging within and tension in the gut that won’t go away.

You try not to notice it when you go to sleep. Yet it’s the first thing you notice when you awake.

What is the purpose, then, of these in-between times?

If you believe in the power of intentions, perhaps you appease yourself…
“Oh, the Universe isn’t quite ready: it hasn’t aligned everything yet that’s necessary to manifest my desire. But it’s working on it!”

If you already have a due date for when that ‘other’ is to arrive, perhaps you are just putting in time until that occurs. But if you are focusing on the future event, are you then wasting these present moments?

Perhaps the in-between is not merely a time to be frittered away. Perhaps it is not so much a time for the Universe to finish getting ready, but a time for us to finish getting ready, to prepare for what is to come. A time to go within and explore that tension in the gut, that nagging. A time to get comfortable with the not-knowing. Rather than ignoring or avoiding, welcome it in. Explore. Not with the intent to get rid of those feelings, but with the understanding that all emotions are welcome here. Simply explore. (more…)

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You felt the Reconnective Healing frequencies.

You watched YouTube videos with Dr. Pearl.

Maybe you even read the book, “The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself”.

You are SO intrigued. Curious.

You know you want to know more, yet you hesitate.

What’s holding you back? Are you waiting for a sign?

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How A Simple Word Game Clarified A Life Strategy Can Stock Photo/mybaitshop/a

In our house, we regularly complete the newspaper crossword. One puzzle, three adults, one-third each.

Next, two of us move on to the Word Jumble. When that’s complete, there’s the Word Search…but no one is interested at that point, except me.

Too boring, they say.

Too easy.

Too tame, monotonous, tiresome.

But here’s what Word Search has shown me… (more…)

Healing Broken Dreams

Are you living your life true to what your heart called you to do?

Bronnie Ware is an Australian RN who nursed patients at the end of their lives. She asked her patients about any regrets they had or what they would do differently. Over and over she heard, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” (Bronnie wrote about her experiences in her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.)


When I first heard about this regret, I thought back to my own Reconnection in 2013. Also known as The Lifepath Accelerator, the personal Reconnection fast tracks life changes and life balance on all levels – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. After my Reconnection, I let go of an office job to build my practice in holistic health. I thought that change was my lifepath unfolding. And it was. But what I didn’t realize was that it was just the beginning. (more…)

Allow Yourself

It was the first day of the year. Three hours into the New Year.

The party was over. The revelers had all gone to sleep.

The moon was full and truly did give the luster of midday on the breast of snow.

Finally, I was alone with the quiet. (Broken only by the sounds of my husband’s snoring. Alas, so much for the romance of writing by moonlight.) (more…)

Letting Go To Move Forward

There is a feeling of Certainty that occurs after Reconnective Healing, an overwhelming sense of knowing.  Years ago, after my RH sessions, I knew with certainty that I had to quit my part time job in bookkeeping. I also knew with certainty that it was time to go more fully into the holistic work that I was doing. This certainty was visceral: I felt it in my gut. I simply HAD to do it. (more…)

A Driveby Healing

Have you ever been working on your computer when, without warning, your programs close and the system starts to do an update?  Grrrrrr, this can feel frustrating and may lead to expletives of anger!  But, to paraphrase the Dalai Lama, “If you can do something about a problem, then there is no need to be angry: just do what can be done. If it is not fixable, then what is the point in being angry because anger won’t change it.”  Experience has taught me that, once your computer system starts an update, there is nothing you can do except wait until it is finished. (more…)