Category Archives: Inner Peace

The Night Before My Sister Died

The Night Before My Sister Died

I dreamed of my sister the night before the day she died. She and I stood facing each other, just a few feet apart, and I remember thinking, “Wow, she hasn’t looked me directly in the eyes in such a long time.” Darlene and I had grown apart over the years but I still felt… Read More…

The Right and Wrong Of It All

I just got home from a six day retreat in Sedona, AZ. I went there to learn how to free myself from negative thinking. You know what I did there? I thought negatively most of the time. I had been there once before, three years ago, so some of the faces I saw were familiar.… Read More…

Dare to be Different

Dare to be Different

When I was very young I wanted to be special. I didn’t really know what special meant, but I wanted it to mean that I would be different than my parents. I loved my parents, it’s just that I didn’t want their life. I didn’t want to get married young and have a bunch of… Read More…

Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself

by Denise Barry Forgive Yourself Last holiday season I witnessed people deny responsibility for themselves, rage irrationally and act petty, jealous and egotistical. They were abusive to others, in denial about their behavior and experienced a total loss of control. The total loss of control was mine actually. After witnessing all of this craziness, I… Read More…

How to Get Rid of Negative Feelings

How to Get Rid of Negative Feelings

What if we couldn’t hold on to negative feelings? What would that be like? Kids do it all the time. Have you ever seen a kid get angry or sad,  then get distracted by well, just about anything, and instantly forget how bad they felt? They run off to play and life goes on. What… Read More…

My Mother’s Hands

My Mother’s Hands

Growing up, I didn’t really look like anyone in my family.  Adults would study me and proclaim that I must have come from the Milk Man.  When I was mad at my family, for whatever reason, I’d use this as a tool to feel sorry for myself, casting myself as the outsider. There was, however,… Read More…

Queen B of the Sand Castle

Queen B of the Sand Castle

All I wanted was a room with a view. When you don’t live anywhere near an ocean, and the snow is so high you can build an igloo the size of Trump Tower, and you travel on Christmas day because all you want is to see the ocean—a room without a view is like an… Read More…