Animal Totems

Around the beginning of this year, I was lying in bed one night and experienced a very unsettled feeling. It was hard for me at first to put words to it. Then all of a sudden, I got an image of myself as a snake about to shed its skin. That image was no accident. Several months later, after shedding a number of things in my life-including jobs and relationships- I learned from my Spirit Guides that the snake is my animal totem right now. For those of you who may not know, an animal totem is an essence that walks through life with us, teaching, guiding, and sometimes ...

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What’s the Message We’re Sending?

This summer our family welcomed the arrival of an exchange student from Spain. She is sixteen years old and, I imagine, typical in her manner of dress for teens in her country. When she unpacked her suitcase, I realized she was going to basically have to buy a new wardrobe in order to follow the dress code of our small-town American high school. For instance, most of her shirts were tank tops with spaghetti straps, and most of her shorts, skirts, and dresses barely covered her private parts. I’m not judging her. I’m just stating the facts. I informed her of ...

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