The Quarantine Cut

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April 18, 2020 A few days ago, I took photos of the orchids blooming in my backyard. Whenever I look at these artful flowers, it brings me back to an unforgettable weekend. The purple and white orchids have hugged my trees since 2015; we intentionally planted them a month before Alec’s bar mitzvah. And today marks five years since that meaningful milestone in Alec’s life. I awoke this morning feeling deeply reflective and grateful. As I whisked eggs, I gazed up at Alec, noting the drastic difference in the boy who’s morphed to a young man. I again thought to myself how … Read More

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Peace or Panic: What Will You Choose?

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None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We are living in an unsettling, unprecedented time. And it is triggering intense feelings for all of us. We are facing a collective, global crisis. Yet each emotion and experience is unique. Every day, every hour, every minute we can choose how to adapt and respond.  Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Yes. And what about those of us who had physical or emotional challenges before this unexpected pandemic? I have deep compassion. People who struggle with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, type-A personalities. Parents who have children with special needs. Those who are staying … Read More

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Baking Soda and A Birthday

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 It started with baking soda. I was a momma on a mission. And I couldn’t find it. Anywhere. After searching for days (and in the middle of the night), I succumbed and accepted that I wouldn’t be able to make a cake from scratch. I felt dejected, disappointed, and downright depressed. Who the heck cares about a creative birthday celebration with the Coronavirus crisis? Aren’t there more dire things that demand our attention? Well apparently I do. I kept refocusing my feelings toward gratitude. But I couldn’t fully shift my somber mood. And this is extremely unusual for me; I’ve … Read More

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Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Total Isolation

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You have been on my mind and in my heart. It’s been a tough few weeks, and I realize it is just the beginning of a new normal for all of us.  We are all dealing with adapting and adjusting in our own ways. I wrote numerous blog posts and messages for today. We’ve had to shift how we live. It felt timely to also change the way in which I communicate with you. I’ve heard from many people that the bombardment of news, articles, and updates is emotionally overwhelming. And I totally relate. I’ve rapidly realized that panic can be nearly … Read More

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