Delights & Shadows

Blog title borrowed from poet Ted Kooser

Hello!

I am a mom, psychotherapist, writer, and cancer survivor. I live in Miami with my half-Cuban, half-Spanish husband, our old-soul three year-old son, our firecracker 18 month-old daughter, and my longtime friend, our dog Trixie.

Apr 14
Bye-bye baby swings

Bye-bye baby swings


Apr 13

Let’s say more

I keep thinking about buzz words, like gratitude and beauty and joy. It’s so easy to write those words, but what do they really mean?

I want to say more.

I often say that I am paying attention to beauty, and what that means, right now for example, is that I am sitting in our parked car with Luci, who fell asleep on the way to the beach. I turn around to look at her, and notice the way her lips pout out. I notice a softness inside—a contrast to the tightness I felt before she fell asleep, when she scream-cried for 10 minutes about god-knows-what. I notice the sounds of Latin music and people talking and cars coming and going, and the way this noise isn’t far away, yet it still feels quiet here in the car. I notice the trees and count six different kinds in my immediate view. I notice the way the sun falls through the open window onto my sandaled foot.

I don’t want such important words to lose power because they’re over-used and under-explained.

Let’s say more.


Apr 11

Today I received a statement with billing details for my weekly infusion treatment (which is paid in full by United Health Care). I’d never seen how much it costs, and the amount floored me. Then I multiplied it by 52 doses and, well, shit.

I know that amount is adjusted down before insurance pays, but still.

I wonder how this treatment plays out for people without health insurance—or if it even plays out at all.


Apr 10
Morning light and shadows on the bedroom floor

Morning light and shadows on the bedroom floor


Apr 5
Last week at Magic Kingdom. Creating magic in our kids’ childhoods, one Dumbo ride (or hour playing blocks, or afternoon walk, or trip to the park) at a time.

Last week at Magic Kingdom. Creating magic in our kids’ childhoods, one Dumbo ride (or hour playing blocks, or afternoon walk, or trip to the park) at a time.


Apr 4
Friday Happy Hour! Half off milk.

Friday Happy Hour! Half off milk.


Mar 31

Giving 2014

We decided on a budget, divvied it up, and sent it here:

UNICEF

Polaris Project

WLRN

American Cancer Society

I also like to contribute to friends who do walks/hikes/races for a cause.  

Which organizations do you love? 


Mar 26
Standing on our balcony at Animal Kingdom, watching giraffes. I feel so love hate about Disney; sleeping with giraffes out the window = love.

Standing on our balcony at Animal Kingdom, watching giraffes. I feel so love hate about Disney; sleeping with giraffes out the window = love.


Mar 25

We’re supposed to drive to Orlando tomorrow to meet my brother and his family, and my three all came down with a stomach bug overnight. 

Fingers crossed that all stomachs settle in the next 24.

And, no joke, I haven’t caught a thing my kids have brought home from school since I started drinking green smoothies for breakfast, eating piles of produce at lunch and dinner, and having a green juice with my afternoon coffee.

Veggies (and coffee) for LIFE.

Hope you’re making this an awesome week!


I just googled myself in order to find a website that reposted one of my articles and discovered that I’m on IMDb for a documentary in which I spoke as a therapist.


Mar 23

Mar 20

I just went into Sephora and put on and bought mascara for the first time since last summer. My lashes are sparse but damn they’re cute.


Mar 18
This is Tuesday afternoon

This is Tuesday afternoon


I think I will look for a class about Florida trees, because I can’t get enough of them. Like, I really want to know how these trees grew this way.

I think I will look for a class about Florida trees, because I can’t get enough of them. Like, I really want to know how these trees grew this way.


Mar 17
Coffee date with my ever-running Lu

Coffee date with my ever-running Lu


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