A Conduit to Experience

“We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S Lewis In yogic tradition, […]

The Lost World of Childhood

Wednesday marks the beginning of the holiday season, in which will surely, in all of us, conjure up warm, fuzzy, nostalgic memories of our childhoods. Every year I teach ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, I’m a little saddened when we get to the part about the Boo Radley game–the kids glance over this part, mostly because […]

The (Un)Truth’s About Social Media

Question–how many of you actually notice if I, Britany Ederveen, “like” something your social media pages? No one. That’s because we don’t care WHO is actually interacting with our content, but just that PEOPLE are. I don’t think I’d ever go to a social gathering and say to someone, “Hey, how come you didn’t like […]

Crown Chakra: “I never learn anything from listening to myself.”

This week, as I walked down the hallway, someone passed me and asked, “Hey, how are you, Britany?” I responded, “I’m doing well. How are you?”….and then kept walking. I obviously had NO intention of listening to their answer and of finding out how THEY were actually doing. I responded simply as a formality. This […]

Things We Can Give to Others (that Aren’t Money, Food, or Time)

Whenever I encounter a person going through a rough time, my first inclination is always, “let’s go out and buy them something!”–buy them dinner, coffee, ice cream, a candle, de-stressing lotion, etc. While there certainly is always value in these types of thoughtful and altruistic gestures, and the act of serving, thinking, and giving to […]

The Memory of Negativity

Doesn’t it seem that negative memories–memories of failure, of embarrassment, of disappointment, frustration, unfilled expectations–always seem to linger on longer, seem to be stronger, need more attention than memories of happiness, of success, of fulfillment, of contentment–positive memories? Like, when someone brings up a situation–high school, college, a birthday, holidays–its much easier and much more […]

Tips for the Aspiring Writer

Occasionally, someone will reach out and ask me for advice on writing. Here’s what I tell them: First of all, don’t expect to make any money from writing; its a proven fact that artists make NO money, and if you are after a writing career to make money, you are in it for the wrong […]

Book Review: “House of Sand and Fog”

“In my fast, all these things seemed more possible, especially in America–where–as in no other country–hard work, sacrifice, and discipline can be rewarded one hundredfold”  PLOT SYNOPSIS: A house goes up for auction that was repossessed by the county from Kathy Nicolo, a recovering drug addict, for not “paying business taxes” (which ends up being […]