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

Open Heart Project


Happy Birthday, Mom!


Dear Mom,

Happy birthday!

I love you and I love how you are living your life! Poetry classes, knitting group, book groups, walking the gardens, singing, tending your landscape, creating beauty in your home, connecting with friends, exercising your mind-body-spirit, and continuing to teach love wherever you go. You bless us all.

I am so grateful that Louise and I have you as our mother.

Big hug!

Love & Light,


3 Comments to Happy Birthday, Mom!

  1. Deborah Kahn's Gravatar Deborah Kahn
    March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    What a wondeful description of your mother–and of you! And, I suspect Louise, whom I don’t know.

    Happy Birthday, Myra! And very best wishes for the coming year.

  2. Myra TAte's Gravatar Myra TAte
    March 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy to know that my daughters love me and my dear friends love me too! Deborah, how lovely to hear from you. I hope all is well with your family. Say a little prayer for Valerie and all of us as we see her through the procedure to remove some metal from her back. I think about David and I say a prayer for him too. Is Allison still in Chicago. My grandchildren are there now. It would be nice to get them together.
    Thank you Valerie, for this beautiful blog. I love hearing from you. xoxoxm

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