Welcome to my Guest House

Titled after Rumi’s famous poem, “The Guest House,” this site houses my writings and talks inspired by my spiritual awakening through parenting a son with neurological impairment. Though my human guest house is unique, its guests are universal. May you be touched by a familiar feeling, inspired by a new perspective or uplifted by an unexpected delight. Welcome.

I live in Colorado, near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, with my middle son, David, who is diagnosed with autism and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). LGS is a rare epilepsy disorder resulting in uncontrolled seizures and severe neurological impairment.

The challenges of living with and caring for David pushed me onto a path of existential inquiry and spiritual seeking. I have devotedly followed this path for nearly two decades, soaking up the teachings of saints and sages, and have come to know their truth.

David’s influence on my life and awakening has been profound. The lessons of patience, acceptance, compassion, and levity are some of the greatest gifts I have received from being on this journey with him. I am honored to share these and other treasures with you in the pages of this site.

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one,one thousand...

My sister, Debe Arlook, an award winning photographic artist, and I have collaborated in creating "one, one thousand…" a collection of photos and my narrative revealing intimate moments of life with my son who is diagnosed with autism and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

I seem to swim in the world of the unknown, facing constant challenges and temptations, not knowing where to find my footing or answers...

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For a long time I wanted to get away and live in an ashram. I imagined a quiet reprieve from the stresses of David’s care...

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David spends much of the day sitting on the couch, legs crossed at the knees, hands in his lap, with a calm, contemplative air about him...

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In the dark of night, I rush through the hallway to the bedroom next to mine. I can hear my son’s rapid breath and the gurgle of saliva pooling in his mouth...

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When I take hold of your son’s body and brain, it is best that you remain calm...

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I felt the glow of divinity this morning as I scrubbed my son’s ankles and toes, as I ran the washcloth...

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"one, one thousand..." Photo Exhibition

On view at the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus September 12, 2022 through February 13, 2023

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TED for your Head

Lori will be addressing a gathering of neuroscience staff and researchers at the Fulginiti Pavilion, Aurora, CO. October 20, 2022, 5-7pm Open to the Public

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"one, one thousand..." Exhibition Reception

"one, one thousand..." exhibition reception with talks by Lori and her sister, the artist, Debe Arlook. November 1, 2022, 5-7pm Open to the Public

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