This is the kitchen where we talk about food, life, and recovery—a spiritual path to healing and peace.

You are invited to keep coming back to A Cup of Kindness to share your experience, strength and hope; fears, doubts and insecurities; and to pick up information, inspiration … and have a little fun!

My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

I hope you'll join me in this kitchen and let me know what's cooking with you.

A Cup of Kindness

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Category Archives: Inspiration

Our shared poverty

  Day 66 of continuing recovery This morning I took a meandering path through the internet from one beautiful gate to the next. My unexpected destination was a quote from the Dutch-born spiritual teacher Henri Nouwen. He wrote, “Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts. Community is […]

La Vie en Rose

In a moment of Grace, inspiration rose to close ‘the dance of the accident’ and begin ‘the dance of the coach’.

What is it like… ?

    Day 20 of Continuing Recovery From “The Poetics of Coaching: Unveiling the Mystery of the Human as a Work of Art” – the workshop I took yesterday, by Sarita Chawla of New Ventures West… What is it like to be the work of art that you are? Love & Light, Valerie Image: Universum – […]


      Day 6 of Continuing Recovery Thank you, G-d, there is dance. And it is available to everyone. Even if all I can do is notice the movement of energy inside me, dance is there. In 2007 was introduced to the 5Rhythms practice of dance through a weekend workshop at Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. […]