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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Aaah the Time Space Continuum

We've been watching a lot of Star Trek: Next Generation lately...

Sometime after midnight the contractions 2 my water 3 we were on our way down the center of two lanes bound for the hospital in the midst of a January ice storm (the center was marginally more clear than the actual lanes)...the same hospital where my Dad was a physician for around 30 years...the same hospital where I had been born 28 years before, where we visited my Nana when I was a little girl and she was sick, where I was cared for when I had surgery on my broken elbow at age 12, where my sister was a candy-striper, my brother an orderly, emt, paramedic, nurse...our first child was on her way. That was 16 years ago. My beautiful (in oh so many ways) daughter Belin has graced our planet for exactly 16 years today!

Happy Birthday Belin!

There is a little boy I have been writing to fairly regularly of late. I have never met him or anyone in his family, but that doesn't matter, love is boundless as is compassion. I so want this little angel to celebrate his 16th birthday with his family one day. His name is Jack and he has been valiantly living with Stage IV, High Risk Neuroblastoma for the past 5 years. His Mommy Jen wrote this on his blog on New Year’s Eve while the rest of us were contemplating the passage of time in our own ways:

“I hear Jack's words, 'Why can't we make a potion to live forever!', and feel a mother's humbleness that I am so limited to ease his fear. I can only reassure him, "God is working on it, Baby..." Certainly, Jack's brilliant mind could be the one to create such a solution if not to live "forever", certainly longer than a decade. However, neuroblastoma gets so little funding to create such a potion. It is a cancer that is wired to attack like High Speed DSL, and yet the advancements to understanding it seem to crawl like snail mail... “And still I hear, "Make a potion Mommy", ring in my ears... So, here's my idea, and I'm not sure how to go about it, but know y'all will be brilliant... What if we could get some real exposure for Childhood Cancer in the popular media? No, I'm not talking about turning Jack into Ashton Kutcher, and twittering his latest chemo escapades. But, what if the world could just see his face --- The face of life and hope and compassion and humor, and really make the opportunity to embrace the humanity of this innocent sufferring? What if we could do it in a way that wasn't frightening, but rather engaging, so as to move people to open their hearts and big pharmaceuticals to open their wallets for research? WHAT IF WE COULD DO IT WITH LAUGHTER AND JOY? What if we could to it on the Ellen Show? : )”

I promised Jack in an email this morning that I would add a link to his blog and ask my blog readers to send email’s to Ellen to get this “potion party started”. So please, please consider doing this simple task today…take a peek at Jack’s blog to read more about his story, then go to Ellen and write a brief note saying you’ve heard about this little boy Jack in California who has neuroblastoma and wants to be on her show to inspire grown-ups to create the right “magic potions” to cure cancer so that boys and girls like him can be grown-ups one day too….or something to that effect.

Here’s to babies and children, teenagers and their parents, grandparents and life flowing through past, present and future continuously connecting us with boundless love!


  1. Happy Birthday! She looks so much like you. :)

  2. Happy Birthday, Belin! And Happy Birth Day, Laura!

  3. Lisa, I think mostly she looks more like her Dad, but every once in awhile I see a glimmer of me in my beautiful girl!

    Debra, thanks for the dual birthday my family we actually say happy birthday to the Mom's as well as the kids...since it was us Mom's doing the did you know that? Cool!

  4. Laura of course I am headed over but just after I say happy birthday to your own little girl.

    Happy birthday 16 year old and what a beautiful name you have.

    Love Renee xoxo

  5. You have a lovely daughter Laura, Happy Birthday Belin!

    Headed over for a visit.


  6. yay for birthdays!! thanks for stopping by my blog - it is a small world isn't it?! yes, we were meant to cross paths - i love it! hope your 2010 is filled with joy, sparkle, warmth & love. hugs!!

  7. A Thank You From the Birthday Girl:

    I have to say, I'm not having a good day. My shoulder injury caused me to miss a lot of class, I got soap in my eye this morning, and I had about an elephant sized load of homework.

    My best guy friend gave me a zillion hugs
    My cat made me laugh
    I finished my homework
    I got two fantastic gifts (the third is in the mail)
    The sky was really cool while the sun was setting

    Maybe I have to rethink this birthday thing.

    Thanks to all, and have a Happy New Year


  8. Happy, happy birthday sweet Belin! It seems from all of the lovely things that your Mom has written about you, that you have inherited her kind and contemplative spirit. That will serve you well in life, but it might also cause for a few extra bumps and bruises. Don't ever allow that to change who you are, because the world NEEDS more people like you and your dear Mom. I am sorry to hear that the day was not the best, but I am happy that your lovely spirit still found some wonderful moments throughout the day!

    Laura, thank you for taking my little kindred spirit, Jack, into your heart. He really is one of the sweetest, most adorable little guys that I have ever known. For him to have to experience what he is going through not only once, but a second time is absolutely devastating. His Mommy has been a precious part of my life for many, many years. Thank you for helping to get the word out about Jack. You are doing a wonderful mitzvah, as always!(but I have come to expect special mitzvahs from you! It's the kind of gal you are!)

    Much love and gratitude,

    Oh yes, I forgot to mention that Jack is in Georgia. His Mommy and Momma are originally from CA, but moved to Georgia so that Jen could stay home with the kids. I miss them, terribly, but am so glad that Jen was able to stay home for all of those years. Jack and Kate are lucky children!

  9. Debbie,
    Such wonderful birthday wishes and kindnesses about toward Belin and me...I will pass this on to the birthday girl. I am rooting for Jack and his family...sending them reiki every night and holding them in my prayers.

    Thanks Shadow, Belin will be so excited to hear she received another happy birthday greeting from halfway round the world!


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