How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps


Yesterday, this headline from CBC News in Calgary caught my attention: “Sports-related brain injuries among children on the rise.” The article covers a report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information about a large increase over the past 5 years in ER visits for concussions. (Visit the link above to view the interactive infographic displaying the number of ER visits per sport per year.)

I’ve disliked football for years now. It is hard for me to watch because the tackling feels so violent. With the research spotlight turned on to sports-related concussions, now we know that it in fact is too violent, causing professional players to suffer from long-term brain damage like chronic traumatic encephalopathy and early dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Heartbreaking.

Having had a non-sports-related concussion, which my doctor said typically takes longer to recover from than a sports-related concussion (my symptoms still continue after 17 months, albeit somewhat diminished), I can guarantee none of my kids will be allowed to play football. Continue reading “How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps”

On Grief


Grief. You are a natural sister to pain and wisdom’s well. You speak the truth that for wounds to surrender their power they must be felt. And fully.

You are here while I now mourn my concussion: fullness of life lost and not yet fully regained; profound isolation; devastating loss of self; prolonged physical, emotional, and psychological anguish; a complicated remedy and agonizing climb to wellness. Continue reading “On Grief”

Hello again, and some good (I hope!) reads


Is it really almost July? Where is this year going? I haven’t written here for a while because I was soaking up California rays (which involved getting on a plane for the first time in two years–hurrah and triumph!) and then getting back in the swing of things.

However, I’ve written a couple of articles for other sites I wanted to share.

In my first Fab Friday Recap, I featured the awesome new site, a blog that any LDS young woman would love. If only there had been a site like this when I was growing up! I would have read all of their posts and maybe played a little less Oregon Trail. Continue reading “Hello again, and some good (I hope!) reads”

Fab Friday Recap: All about That Brain (and Batman)


Hello, friends! Welcome to another Fab Friday Recap, where I get to share some of the fascinating and worthwhile things I have read and seen online lately. Today’s articles and thought-provoking tidbits are all about the brain.


Are you running your brain ragged with overstimulation? Quite possibly. Our digital culture is not really created around principles of health, neurological or otherwise. As a recovering concussion patient, even though I think constantly about how taxed my brain is, I do not do a very good job of resting in restorative ways.

This Deseret News article offers plenty of food for thought. Our brains are actually similar to muscles, and if we don’t give them a rest from their usual activities they become overtired. Brains theoretically restore themselves through “soft fascination,” engaging in “something that grabs you in a pleasing way but does not require anything of the mind, allowing it to wander and regenerate,” or like gazing out a window.

So give yourself a chance to daydream away from a screen today! Continue reading “Fab Friday Recap: All about That Brain (and Batman)”

Video: “Hear Blessings Dropping Their Blossoms,” Rumi + Utah Spring Flowers


Quite possibly I have been overgramming Utah’s spring flowers, but I have never been so grateful for these transient beauties!

There are far too many photos to share anywhere, but I created a video to remember this spring. It begins with a gorgeous quotation from Rumi that captures a key practice in the art of striving:

But listen to me: for one moment,

quit being sad. Hear blessings

dropping their blossoms

around you. God.

The Essential Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks (Harper Collins, 2004), p. 8


Happy #nationalpoetrymonth!


In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a poem by one of my favorite poets, Rilke. It is a poem about patience, trust, and becoming part of earth’s rhythm; about being brave enough to fall to find true freedom and to fully express who we are. Enjoy!

How surely gravity’s law

strong as an ocean current,

takes hold of even the smallest thing

and pulls it toward the heart of the world.


Each thing—

each stone, blossom, child—

is held in place.

Only we, in our arrogance,

push out beyond what we each belong to

for some empty freedom.


If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.


Instead we entangle ourselves

in knots of our own making

and struggle, lonely and confused.


So, like children, we begin again

to learn from the things,

because they are in God’s heart;

they have never left him.


This is what the things can teach us:

to fall

patiently to trust our heaviness.

Even a bird has to do that

before he can fly.

“Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God,” II, 16, p. 171-173

Fab Friday Recap: Powerful girls, dancing toddlers, and faithful women


I consume a lot of online content throughout the week–articles, videos, tweets, adorable animal pictures. To share some of the inspiring, praiseworthy, helpful, smile worthy, thought-provoking things I read or saw this week, here’s a Fab Friday Recap.


Do you struggle with finding your personal calling or mission in life? I know I struggle mightily with this question each day. This theologian’s journey really helped me understand how I need to live by the smaller lights that guide my feet one step at a time. How do you live in the questions and take one step after another?


Reading even one article* about the toxic environment of sex and social media youth are growing up in, I was impressed with how much girls especially need to know their own power. We need to teach them their voices matter and then listen to what they say.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 1.23.28 PM.pngI am inspired by, a new site for LDS Young Women to discuss their faith online. “God Loves Teenagers” is one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read. It’s about how God calls on teenagers (including girls: Joan of Arc!) whenever He has something important to do.

*Be advised. This article contains explicit descriptions and made me uncomfortable. I feel parents, leaders, and mentors need to be informed about what kids experience to help them better, to offer deep understanding and counsel, not simply cosmetic suggestions.


A BYU nursing professor, Julie Valentine, has suggested how to improve Utah’s rape kit processing: “She recommended passing a state law to mandate standardized submission of sexual assault kits to state crime labs. . . . She also suggested better educating of law enforcement, prosecution and all aspects of the criminal system on factors specific to sexual assault investigations.”

It is a cruel reality that women’s testimonies of their own experience of sexual violence are questioned instead of believed. The Start by Believing campaign aims to create cultural change around how survivors are heard.


James Corden and Jenna Dewan Tatum try to follow toddler choreographers. The result it just plain cute.

Continue reading “Fab Friday Recap: Powerful girls, dancing toddlers, and faithful women”