Category Archives: Peace of Mind

A Visit from the Grand Inquisitor

I was raised on Queen Anne Hill, a quiet community atop of one of Seattle’s seven hills. My family were members of St. Anne’s Church and for 18 years my life revolved around the Catholic Church and parish activities. My faith back then was based on centuries-old, immutable truths, enumerated in the Baltimore Catechism. All that was required of me to achieve security in this … Continue reading A Visit from the Grand Inquisitor »

Stop, Look and Listen

“Happiness is not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”  ― Walt Whitman It seems I can be stunningly distracted at moments when I need to be fully and completely present. I find myself easily preoccupied with anywhere but here. I’ve been slowly learning — you can’t board your next train when you haven’t gotten off your last. When my … Continue reading Stop, Look and Listen »

Curing the Wart of Worry

“What worries you, masters you.” ~ John Locke  It’s been said: Some people people worry that every time the tide goes out it might not come back in again. Some people storm imaginary Alps all their lives and die in the foothills, cursing difficulties which do not exist. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But isn’t it true when worry sets up shop in your head, rational thought … Continue reading Curing the Wart of Worry »

Surviving Without a Security Blanket

“Security is a strange thing, a myth that the brain allows in exchange for a brief moment of peace.”  ― Alessandra Torre Did you have a security blanket, or something like it, when you were a kid? If you did, perhaps you remember how you felt if it got misplaced or lost.  Our grandson Sam discovered this on a recent visit to our house.  Erin … Continue reading Surviving Without a Security Blanket »