Bittermelons and Brownies – A recipe for growing Atiya

To my younger daughter Atiya, adjusting to a new chopped and blended family; I suggested four specific strategies beyond the injunction to be a strong independent woman. While Amani was born as I completed my degree in architecture where strength and uniqueness were primary virtues, Atiya was born during my graduate work in philosophy. In… Read More Bittermelons and Brownies – A recipe for growing Atiya

How to Eat Bittermelons and Brownies – Recipes from a Philosopher Mom (Preface)

I wrote the first few chapters of “How to Eat Bittermelons and Brownies – Recipes from Philosopher Mom,” in anticipation of my first-born, Amani’s college graduation. As I prepare for my last-born, Atiya’s high school graduation this school year, I thought it would be therapeutic for me to add to the previous cookbook. In a… Read More How to Eat Bittermelons and Brownies – Recipes from a Philosopher Mom (Preface)

Self-Aware Ease

It is not surprising that I’m drawn to Existentialist Psychotherapy in the lineage of Rollo May, Irvin Yalom, Vicktor Frankl practicing the philosophies of Kierkagaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Husserl and others. The basic premise as Irvin Yalom explains below is the humble defense of the ancient belief that self-awareness leads to a meaningful fulfilling life… Read More Self-Aware Ease

Things That Cannot Die by Paige Riehl

A spoon in a cup of tea.Letters in yellow envelopes,the way a hand pushed linesinto the soft paper.Morning laughter.A white shirt drapedover her chair.An open window. The air.Call of one blackbird.Silence of another.November. Summer.My love for you, I say.My love for you infinitytimes a million, my son says.Sounds of piano notesas they rest in treetops.The… Read More Things That Cannot Die by Paige Riehl