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A Lesson from Rachel’s Table

“You feel a little tighter today than normal,” Rachel says, softly. Yeah, right, I think. As if I haven’t noticed. Rachel is my massage therapist. I typically book an appointment with her every month to help…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
November 21, 2022
Mindfulness

Two Stones of Goodbye

In my dream, I’m visiting a dear friend whom I don’t often get to see. Each hour of our time together is precious. As our reunion is nearing its unwelcome end, we hear a soft…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
November 17, 2022
Insights

FAQ from Here

I’m so grateful for the outpouring of well wishes during my illness! Know that I’m writing this with a smile and increasing levels of energy. What follows is a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ)…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
October 24, 2022
Mindfulness

Reminders to Remember

A friend shows me a beautiful potted mum. Its rich orange-red buds have burst open with vibrant sprays of sun-yellow at their center. The plant—of a variety called “Autumn Sunset”—is simply gorgeous. “The garden center…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
October 10, 2022
Insights

Less Is More

On September 4, Jihong and I delivered Nathan to college for his sophomore year. An hour after we unloaded his stuff at the dorm, Nathan auditioned on his cello for a seat in the symphonic…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 19, 2022
Mindfulness

Lay the Hammer Down

Imagine yourself holding a hammer. Now, strike your hammer against a big pane of tempered glass. Watch the glass shatter into thousands of crystalline pieces, dropping all around your feet. Hear the initial crash of…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 13, 2022
Mindfulness

Of Poets and Moss Piglets

Eden is nine years old. Her family lives across the street from Annette Langlois Grunseth, a dear friend of mine who, in her seventies, is a beautiful ball of energy. Eden and Annette have turned…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 4, 2022
Music

Where the Growing Things Are

One wintry day, long ago, I had the privilege of visiting with a woman I'll call Rose. Ninety-five years old, she was recovering from a broken hip at the home of her daughter, a good…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 15, 2022
Insights

You Are A Poem

This weekend I’m retreating at the home of my friend and co-editor Ruby Wilson to assemble the second volume of Poetry of Presence (forthcoming, May, 2022). Without question, this is my favorite part of creating…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 8, 2022
Insights

Big Love, Big Hurt

Dear Julie, Thank you for your sweet note concerning my work. Thank you, too, for entrusting me with this question that’s been weighing on your heart: “How does one hold both grief and joy at…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 25, 2022