Questions That Grace the End of Each Day

By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 6, 2015 |

There is a beautiful story, one of many, in My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. It is a story I have shared over the years with many audiences, most recently with professional caregivers as they sometimes struggle and feel frustration with how to be present with those…

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Nature and Stillness Speak

By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 5, 2015 |

I don’t know if “addicted” is quite the right word to describe how I feel about the trail I walk and jog but it is pretty close. I go as often as I can. It is open and I feel the wind at my back or at my front, depending on the day and the…

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A Perfect Gift

By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 4, 2015 |

At this time of year when conversations so quickly center around perfect gifts and the term “holiday rush” is common as people drive to and fro to stores or spend hours online, there is one gift that does not need to be wrapped or bought or ordered online or shipped. Credit cards can be tucked…

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Celebrating the Increments

By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 3, 2015 |

I pressed the little blue “SEND” rectangle on the email today and a wave of celebration washed over me – celebration rather than trepidation. There is enough time for that… or maybe there is no time for that. After hour upon hour upon hour of editing that followed the copyediting, it was finally the moment…

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By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 2, 2015 |

  Wondering Settles in For the night In My Heart, soul, mind To undoubtedly Weave through my dreams   It takes up residence In its own space Which always Seems to have A “Reserved” sign on it For when it comes rushing in To visit A beautiful space A sacred space An open space An…

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A Circle of Beautiful, Magical Caregiving

By Dawn Sully Pile | Dec 1, 2015 |

    “Do not touch the razor blade,” my mother told me. Of course I did not listen and instantly had a bleeding cut and the excruciating sharp pain she knew would be the case if I did not listen. I was perhaps 4 years old and we were in our bathroom. I have no…

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My Cats, My Teachers

By Dawn Sully Pile | Nov 30, 2015 |

Endlessly fascinated by observing my cats, I find they always have something to teach me. It is a bit like watching charades and trying to figure out exactly what is going on since they do not have the capacity to add words to the behaviors. That also allows me to make what I want out…

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Virtual Caregiving Community #2

By Dawn Sully Pile | Nov 29, 2015 |

Even as I work with professional and family caregivers, as well as case managers and social workers around shifting the paradigms of caregiving in this country, I acknowledge that it is often an experience that presents us with overwhelming, energy draining, heartbreaking, extremely challenging moments, days, weeks, months and years. There can easily be a…

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Virtual Caregiving Community #1

By Dawn Sully Pile | Nov 28, 2015 |

As I was walking my 5.4-mile trail this morning, feeling the luxury of the weather, my health and so many other things in my life, I began to think about how caregiving happens virtually. It takes place in what might seem like the most unexpected places as we normally think about caregiving. And then there…

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“Trying On” or Being Called

By Dawn Sully Pile | Nov 27, 2015 |

With every opportunity I have to walk a real labyrinth, I feel graced by the silence, reflection, wondering, prayer, purposefully slow steps, listening and invitation to discovery. It is a place to discern. I know now that meditative walking, wherever, helps me sort out what I am “trying on” in my life and where I…

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