Field Notes

Cinema Wisdom

Cinema Wisdom

Over the holidays, I saw two movies…new releases, in the theater even, which is rare for me as the closest theater is over an hour away. I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Darkest Hour about Winston Churchill. I tell you, in some aspects, they were the same movie. Here’s what I mean; […]

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Over, Under, or Through!

Over, Under, or Through!

It’s a phrase I remember hearing when I was a kid learning how to ride, and in particular, jump horses. My frustrated instructor would shout this at me when I had been unable to get the horse I was riding to go over a jump. Maybe he was running around it (called “running out”) or […]

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The Tale of Two Nurses and The Power of Hope

The Tale of Two Nurses and The Power of Hope

I offer this story from my post-surgery days last month as a bit of humor as well as a small illustration of the power of hope. On the eve of the four week mark past my surgery, I was feeling good and pretty proud of myself that I hadn’t been overdoing it (not too much […]

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Patience, Patience, Patience

Patience, Patience, Patience

I have written about patience—and how I would like more of it–before, but at the moment it is a concept I am finding I need to revisit. I am 2 1/2 weeks out from a hysterectomy and my doctor gave me strict instructions not to exercise for SIX WEEKS after surgery. When she told me […]

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What It Takes to Bloom

What It Takes to Bloom

Every day I walk the gravel driveways between my house and the office/arena several times and just recently I noticed a little Queen Anne’s Lace growing in the middle of the roadway. We’ve all seen those plants that find a way to grow in these harsh conditions where it seems improbable, and this flower is […]

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He Got Stuck

He Got Stuck

So this happened in a session with a young client the other day.  This boy has something he wants badly to do in the fall and so we set that as a goal and I invited him to build an obstacle course that gets to that goal, knowing that the things he needs to do […]

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Goodbye dear Zhivago

Goodbye dear Zhivago

Zhivago  July 1996-April 2017   If the definition of courage is facing what scares you, then Zhivago was a very brave horse. He was afraid of a lot of things…strange noises, things flapping in the wind, rabbits, ant hills, being alone, barking dogs, and even his own shadow on occasion…but when I asked him to […]

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I love a dirty horse

I love a dirty horse

Every horse owner knows that spring is a challenging time to care for horses for 2 main reasons: shedding and mud. Those of us crazy enough to own horses are all too familiar with the “Ugh” feeling of going out to get your horse for a ride and seeing him covered with crusty…or worse wet…mud. […]

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Letting Go

Letting Go

Let go of what doesn’t serve you.  Several weeks ago, during a yoga session with the amazing Joanna Yates, I was struggling with some crazy hard pose she asked us to do, and I heard her say “Let go of what doesn’t serve you at this moment.” Now, I have heard this phrase before, but […]

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Christmas Gratitude

My ideas for this post seem more in line with Thanksgiving so maybe I am late but since being grateful is always a good thing, I will go with it. Gratitude is a concept that is discussed quite often here in therapy sessions. Focusing on what we are grateful for doesn’t change or eliminate the […]

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