Angels and pennies

I was at the Community Market with my books today, trying not to feel discouraged by how slow it was, and the most amazing thing happened.

the angel and the penny poem

I had a pocketful of pennies that I brought to make change when I sold a book. The first one that I gave to someone caught my eye because it was very shiny. I thought, maybe it’s a lucky penny!

I emptied all the pennies out onto the table. I had the idea of separating all the very shiny pennies out and to only use them to make change, so I did that.

I had the idea to send some energy through the pennies to charge them up to be lucky for whomever received them, so I did that.

I carefully stacked the pennies up next to the deck of angel cards I had brought with me.

And then, I happened to glance at Facebook, because I was waiting for a message from someone who was due to come to the market, and I saw  that my friend Barbara had shared a poem posted by The Italian-Sicilian-American Page entitled–wait for it–The Angel and the Penny.

I know, right?

I am including it below (from The Italian-Sicilian-American Page on Facebook)

angel and penny poem


My One Word: A spiritual practice

I chose the word Brave this year as my one word.


Here is a list of things I accomplished (just off the top of my head) in 2015 so far that I would not have if I not chosen this word:

  • Got on an airplane for the first time since 1989
  • Let two (non family members) read the draft of my first novel
  • Created a Pecha Kucha slideshow which I presented to a group of about 200 people at show in Kennebunkport (did I mention that I am terrified of public speaking?)
  • Volunteered at The Dempsey Challenge in the Reiki Tent
  • Created my website and Facebook page to get my business started
  • Made some videos and posted them to a work-in-progress YouTube channel and then gave a small group of people access to (gasp!) view them

This is not a complete list. I am sure the moment that I post this I will think of dozens other Brave Things I have done this year, but so what? The point is that my life is different less than one year later because I chose this word.

Learn more about this practice here:

Choose a word that is out of your comfort zone! See where it takes you! If you are not benefiting from your choice, you can always revise your word. Need help choosing? Look here. Maybe a synonym will feel more correct for you, or even an antonym! Remember: YOU make the rules.

Once you choose it, post your word in the comment section below! Put yourself out there! Be BRAVE! 🙂

A Challenge

I am very proud to be volunteering at The Dempsey Challenge ReikiSession2PKthis weekend.

I was first drawn to Patrick Dempsey as a fan when I discovered that he has dyslexia. This caught my attention because dyslexia runs in my family.  I often point to him as a role model for children with dyslexia:  “Look what he is doing! You can do anything!”

I love a quote about dyslexia from Patrick Dempsey on The Power of Dyslexia’s website: “It’s made me who I am today.” Hmmm…hopefully, he really did say that. (If it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?)

Anyway, I was looking at the mission statement for the healing center:

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing provides free support, education and wellness services to anyone impacted by cancer.”

Did you catch that little word up there, ‘free‘? I love this. You have cancer? You have a family member affected by cancer? Come to The Patrick Dempsey Center! They will take care of you. The first question will not be: ‘Show me the money.’

I was telling my friend Christine that it’s too bad Lewiston is so far from where I live, because I would SO volunteer for them.

The next day (the next day), my Facebook friend (Reiki Nurse) posted that volunteers were needed for The Dempsey Challenge.

Right? I can drive to Lewiston for one day.

And I shall.