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Retail Disobeyer

Dear Sally, It is clearly the modern way that you can’t live in the moment. You have to get ready for the next thing before you are really in the thing you waited and prepared for. Around here, the Halloween costume stores are open for business. I have taken all the hype and disobeyed it,…


My Guru is a Bay Mare

I met Sally when she was a youngster, just a slight filly fresh off the trailer. I had recently purchased my lovely horse, Rosie, and was knee deep in our love affair when Sally arrived at the barn where I rode at that time. Just your average bay mare, brown coat with black mane and…



Dear Sally, We are approaching the end of the summer holiday here and my kids have been home for almost 3 months. Three months Sally!!! That is a lot of time at home. I love my kids (of course I do) and as we count down the last few weeks before school goes back, I…


Middle Ground Mom

Dear Sally, My daughter is the true love of my life. Not to say that I don’t feel as much love for my son, but my daughter, being my first child, being challenging as she is, with her passion, her sensitivity, her vulnerability, her explosive temper, her visceral need for my physical contact when she’s…

I Never Go Camping

I Never Go Camping

A good friend of mine has extended to me an open invitation to go hiking and camping with him in Yosemite basically every weekend over the past month. I said no thanks every weekend. Every weekend, I wanted to go. But I never go camping. I believe this about myself: I never go camping. Then,…


Sick to Death of All the Advice

Dear Sally, I’m in the middle of a pretty messy divorce. I have two kids and I’m really scared about how this is all affecting them, as well as how the custody arrangements are going to go. In addition to all this stress, I feel like my friends and family don’t really understand what I’m…

thought addict

Are You a Thought Addict?

A week ago, I hitched my wagon to the Circle Up Wagon Train.  Me, a dozen or so strangers, and a months’ long conversation about personal leadership. What could possibly go wrong?  Our first assignment, as I understood it, was to identify one trait in our thinking that was keeping us from moving forward into fuller…


Transferable Leader

Dear Sally, What are the most transferable parenting lessons you apply when leading at work? Dear Transferable Leader, The root of the word discipline comes discipulus which means learner or pupil. Did you know that horses know latin? We do! Okay…we do not. But one of my human friends shared this etymology with me and…

Getting to Know Each Other

Our Relational Blind Spot: Getting to Know Each Other

They shake your hand and say they’re so glad you’ve joined the team. You have an impressive title, a shiny new badge to enter the building, and the passwords you need to start your first tasks. Now what? Well, according to EVERYONE, the rest is a confounding mystery. We are on-boarded into groups for about…

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