Seeing Beyond the Thorns

On a hike today, I chose to leave any company behind and just be with myself. I don’t get to be solo very often. Between the demands of a job and maintaining a balance with friendships and family, I find little time for blank space. My nature is to go, to do, to be present,… Continue reading Seeing Beyond the Thorns

Bike Lessons

To consider myself a mountain biker, or a biker of any sort, would be like considering my French Mastiff to be a lap dog.  Does he like to sit in my lap? Yes. Does he fit? Not quite. Although I lack the refined skills to master any rock gardens and taking a berm would be… Continue reading Bike Lessons

Staycation

Living in Southern California, while pricey, has many perks which is why we stay and put up with the ridiculous mortgage, the traffic, the cost of gas etc. The weather is a given.  Being a native, I would curse the Rose Parade as our pure sunshine on New Year’s Day would radiate through millions of… Continue reading Staycation

The Big 5-0

On Saturday we celebrated my friend Christine’s 50th birthday. As with most people who have made the passage to the big 5-0, the days leading up to and surrounding her birthday have been met with mixed emotions. Since I had history with those feelings, it was easy for me to commiserate as well as tell… Continue reading The Big 5-0

Raising Good Citizens

Today my youngest daughter was the recipient of an award from our local Rotary Club. The honor, for outstanding leadership and citizenship, was given to one fifth grade and one eighth grade student from each school in the district-22 in all. Needless to say, we were thrilled that she was selected by her school’s administration… Continue reading Raising Good Citizens