Life is a series of Divine lessons that keep you connected to the Universe and mankind

Feeling Exposed Can be So Liberating

“Shit!” I screamed as I sprinted down the street in my bare feet. “They’ll be there any minute!”

On that dreary April morning in 2010, I feared that my reputation as a respected Alain Pinel real estate agent would never be taken seriously again. How could I have been so stupid as not to allow myself enough time?

A few weeks prior, I’d obtained a listing on Dartmouth Lane, my very own street. This golden opportunity gave a whole new meaning to walking to work, plus […]

The Lost Art

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Like a python slowly wrapping its thick body around my neck poised to overtake me, my mother’s stare locked me into a hypnotic state. Knowing I was in big trouble, she snarled, “Have you written your thank-you notes yet?”
As a young girl, perfect penmanship and flowery descriptions of gratitude were right up there with impeccable table manners. If it wasn’t done in a timely fashion, and to her satisfaction, my life would be hell for months to come.
Guiltily, I […]

Truly Unconditional Love

For the fourth week in a row, the piercing ring of the telephone disturbed my mother’s mid-day quiet in September 1960. Slowly picking up the receiver, she held her breath and hoped it was just a wrong number.

“Mrs. Madden,” Sister Mary sneered. “Jackie will be spending the afternoon in detention—again.”

Chanting a mea culpa, my mom sought pardon for her eight-year-old daughter. As she was about to promise the black-frocked warden that I’d be dully crucified at home, the angry nun steamed, “Doesn’t she ever […]


Heat swirled in a whirling mass, engulfing my soaking body like an overzealous sauna even the devil couldn’t handle. Looking into the mirror, penny-sized droplets of perspiration dripped off my face. Choking from the intensity, I was sure I was going to die.

It started as a typical Wednesday morning in July. Not wanting to miss a minute of our precious time together, I rode along with my daughter, Michelle, to her various business meetings in Los Angeles.

“Mom, are you sure you’re going to be […]


When we do something that causes pain or disappointment to another individual (intentional or not), but the recipient sees his or her way to exonerate our indiscretion, the oppressive weight we feel lifts from our shoulders, thus creating a sensation of relief. Happiness invades our hearts, freeing our mind and body and this allows us to move forward once again. Forgiveness is truly one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on another human soul. So, my Lenten question today is “Why is it […]

To Be Spiritual

“What does it mean to be spiritual?” A man on an internet dating site asked. “I see women write that all the time.”

For a moment I had to stop and really think. Like so many others, it can be considered a buzz word just to create a conversation, but what does it truly mean?

Sitting back, I gazed out the window and wondered how do I reply? I consciously know I am, but to put it into words (and do it justice) was going to be […]