A solo quail visits my bird feeder each morning for the past 2 weeks. His small, black topknot along with his mottled feathers tells me he is a juvenile. He is an orphan but surprisingly, adopted by a family of mourning doves and while they feed alongside him, I notice their symmetry; they have been… Continue reading The Birds and Me
Where do you Find “it”?
With the continued escalation of world problems along with the persistent, never ending ideological debates, it feels nearly impossible to escape heightened stress levels in our daily lives. IT (aka STRESS) is lurking everywhere. Even our safe zones have now been infiltrated. IT fills our coffee houses, our roads, our Happy Hours with friends like… Continue reading Where do you Find “it”?
Emotions swirl around my ears. It’s a deafening pitch. No one hears it but me. As much as I wish it was tandem, this is a solo ride. I have to be brave and step out of the plane because the alternative would eventually bring me crashing to the ground; the metal fuselage is kept… Continue reading Free Fall
This is 57
Tomorrow I am lucky enough to say that I am 57 years old. As I gather more passes around the sun, I not only hold on more tightly but also greet each of them with a warm and welcome hug; like a precious friend or well-loved pup. It is not that I see the sunset… Continue reading This is 57
The Sun, The Mountain and Me
My thoughts have been cluttered these past few weeks; like an octopus’ tentacles splayed in every direction possible, grasping, attaching, to everything it can find. It is not unlike me to live inside a chaotic mind and I even fancy it at times, as with the madness, comes the satisfaction of doing, of producing,… Continue reading The Sun, The Mountain and Me
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
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
To Sum it Up
How do you sum up a year 12 months 364 days 8,736 minutes… Do you wrap it up in time? Is it better to wrap it up in seasons? Holidays, celebrations, events? Do you wrap it up in memories or emotions- the cycles, the ups and downs of time which passes, sometimes with careful measurement… Continue reading To Sum it Up
Beauty abounds. It surrounds us each day. It can take us by surprise, warm our hearts, step in and leave within seconds or it can bring joy on a daily basis. Beauty can be tasted at times or it can be felt. It can bring us to our knees metaphorically or physically. It is here… Continue reading Beauty Abounds
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