Where the heart and soul of life are alive.


March 31, 2020

You know what? Some days your bread doesn't rise. And you try and bake it anyway with the hope that the baking cycle will do miracles to help dough puff up and shape into a beautiful loaf with a brown dome crust. But it doesn't. After the attempt to bake the bread, it...

March 30, 2020

The Silence of Light

It is a language I hear

That softens the noise

Dear Friend,

When the world around me is full of noise, guide me to create a special place to light a burning flame where I can rest my worries and anxious heart, a place where the Silence of the Light wil...

March 28, 2020

Today, I raise up in prayer -  

individuals who are caring for an elderly parent

individuals who are caring for someone with dementia

individuals who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's

individuals who are caring for someone with an illness

Today, I raise up in prayer -...

March 28, 2020

For nearly three years, the life of my weekend bag was like an extra limb of my being. I would pack it up, overfill it sometimes, for a trip to my mom's that ranged from 1-3 nights, depending on what was happening with Alz. In the early stage, I got by with visiting on...

March 27, 2020

About seven years ago, when I was cleaning out a closet, I came across a few things from grade school my mom had kept for me. I was in a purging mood, but I didn't throw away this away what I found. One of the things, a red paper folder, I have kept on my desk. In the...

March 25, 2020

These days, I often think of my mom's words she used all the time in the last five years of her life, I'm just doing the best I can. There have been a few days this week when following through with my Lenten intention of 40 Days With My Mother writings has been hard an...

March 24, 2020

Stillness tempts the heart

To beat faster and faster

The present moment

Dear Friend,

When an unexpected rhythm of life occurs due to something out of my control, feed me a seed of faith to persevere and push through it with grace.



March 22, 2020

I have been fortunate the past few springs with the opportunity to visit Marco Island. What I love about Marco is it is my speed. Or maybe I take my mentality of living on island time everywhere I go. It is simple. I can get away without a car. I cook and eat in except...

March 21, 2020

One thing is for sure, the sun will rise tomorrow.

Dear Friend,

Thank you for the sun both on cloudy and cloudless days.



March 19, 2020

I remember a time in the last year when my daughter walked through the kitchen as I was preoccupied with doing something for my mom. Noticing that I wasn't giving her my full attention, my daughter said,

When Nonna is gone, we're going to get our mom back full time.

My k...

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Presence in the Middle

Follow the Light

When I am stripped of my roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, volunteer, and employee, I am Marie; a woman who rests in the wholly middle of her life. I live on the bridge of harmony that connects me to the light of the human and universal spirit. I rush slowly and linger, both of which invite me to passionately observe the world around me so I don't miss this one life I have been given.  I am also real and authentic, a Sagittarius, and a wanderer in search of the meaning of life -- with an eclectic toolbox to help live an intentional life of well-being for myself and for the greater good. Below are three pieces of the design of The Wholly Middle.



I am on a continuous hunt to be fed in ways to live a life with vitality. The arts inspire me, my Italian roots ground me, and Spirit-filled communities enliven me. We, as a human family, have the choice to either encourage or discourage each other to live with love and lift one another up in sisterhood and brotherhood. In the wholeness of our coming together, we are presented with the opportunity to feast at the table of love.

The Sandwich

For five years, I lived in-between the depths of caring for my mom who was taken over by Alzheimer's and the demands and responsibilities of motherhood. These years were extremely challenging for me, my husband, and four children. Yet, they were also very fulfilling with moments of beauty and a period where we learned one of life's most important lessons: how well we are capable of loving, caring for, and being patient with one another. Because of this experience, I continue to be an Alzheimer's advocate. Caring for a loved one who suffers with memory loss or another illness is difficult, and I continue to share my experience to support others and help them not feel alone.


I am about to turn 50 which is both an exhilarating and interesting feeling. I have chosen to embrace it as a sweet spot of opportunity to contribute more light into the world.  Life experiences have an impact on how we live mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Society and other distractions and pressures can also have false influences on who we should be, what we should look like, and how we should live. I don't buy into the idea that the fountain of youth dries up by a certain age.  My life experiences have presented me with voids and losses teaching me to live with intention genuinely. I bypass the road of shoulds and shouldn'ts and aim to live with freedom and joy on the winding trail of life.  Even when at times it seems dry or chaotic, the fountain of light provides wisdom that outnumbers age. This wisdom recognizes that beauty exists in the true self of a woman; the authentic person she was born to be without masks, labels, and roles.


Cheerful greetings!  

Life is a brief gift, overflowing with moments offered to be fully taken in and lived. The Wholly Middle is a creative space with the invitation for human heart and soul connection and conversation, in favour of the greater good through authentic thought-provoking, self-reflective, and motivational stories, essays, and poetry. It is a central meeting place to embrace and celebrate the essence of life - the great, the rough, and the gloomy. All of it. Wholly and completely. This, in and of itself, is a practice every single day. 

The Wholly Middle serves as a vessel of love, hope, and honesty to inspire readers to rush slowly and engage in the presence of the beauty and goodness in this world. My hope is for our time together to be filled with quality and meaning.  I believe that when we are authentically and openly connected with one another, we live with greater acceptance and understanding, ultimately living with an inclusive mindset; ultimately embodying peace.

Rush slowly, love, and live~




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