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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.

“Some For the Road” is now available in print!

“Some for the Road” are meditations and milestones on the road of recovery, in a reading-a-day format. It took me two years to edit and assemble, and two years before that to write. The paperback is 484 pages, in a … Continue reading

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Notes from yoga class

A yoga class is kind of like a cab ride.  You need to tell the driver where you want to go.  If it is a basic, gentle class and you get a substitute teacher, you need to let her know … Continue reading

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In the room

Just enduring is hard. It is living, but not being alive. It wears us out. The more we endure, the more we get closer to the edge. You don’t have to be suicidal to get help.  You don’t have to … Continue reading

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I like to play the piano.  And when I say “play”, I don’t mean perform.  I like to do something I call “noodle doodle”.  I don’t have a particular place to go or a particular song I’m trying to re-create.  … Continue reading

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Master and servant

         Who is the servant? The technology, or the person who owns it? The phone rang one morning while I was in the middle of painting. I have only one special ring and it is for my husband. This was … Continue reading

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Meditation: on snake charming

         There are several people I’ve had the misfortune of working with who complain and gossip every day, all day. If they are saying anything to anyone who is not a customer, they are complaining.  It is very difficult because … Continue reading

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True healing

People grow into the shapes we make for them. They are what we expect of them. They repeat behaviors we encourage. Whatever we think they will be, they become. Each one of us shapes the other. This is how Jesus … Continue reading

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