I am feeling very distracted about the holidays. I really feel like I am in a holidaze. I so want things to be a certain way, to give thoughtful gifts to the people I love, but I am struggling to get it all to come together. I feel very fractured…

I live in Ojai. It is a tiny town. I moved here because it had heart, community and was a peaceful place to raise kids. But lately Ojai has succumbed to all the hate and dis-ease that seemingly used to plague other places. To be clear, Ojai was never a…

I woke up this morning and knew that I wanted to write about my mom since it is her birthday today. I get emailed daily quotes from Tricycle (Buddhist magazine) and this is the one that I received today:

It’s not enough just to know the definition of bodhisattva. What’s…

Deathly Beauty

We went to Glacier National Park earlier this week…most of it was closed because it was a beautiful winter wonderland but we went to everything that was open. It was breathtaking. I haven’t spent a lot of time in national parks in the Winter. Highly recommend. …

Got a call that one of my best friends from college passed away in a motorcycle accident in Puerto Rico. It was hard to hear but I knew it before I answered the call. John calls me every year on my birthday and for thirty-four years has never once failed…

Well another year has come and gone. And there are more wrinkles to show for my efforts. But I earned every single one of them. It has been an amazing year. Last year at this time my son was in treatment and was sent home after only two weeks and…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

My favorite holiday hands down. I love the food. The family and friend time. The day where the whole point of the day is to be thankful and spend time at home with people you love and that love you back.

I do a gratitude list every…

I fall in love with places easily. I am rather weird about it. I either love the place and want to move there (at least for a moment) or I don’t care about it at all. What I realize about myself is that I still have trouble being content where…

Erin Schaden

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