apricot standard poodle

River of Love

The gift of love is very personal, powerful, and transformative and our love has been all those things. My husband and I are in our 20th year of marriage, though, and we can lose the plot now and then when our strong wills take the lead. We always […]

Cockatoo

Everyday Changes to Support Myself

There was one shining week in my adult life where I felt satisfied, fulfilled, and happy. It was unexpected, so I reflected on why it was so exceptional. How could I duplicate it? I had taken a week of vacation from my full-time job in the middle of […]

dog party

A Party for my Snuggle-Buddy

Fourteen years ago, my husband still grieved the loss of the teacup poodle he had before we married. I gave him a red miniature poodle for his birthday, which he named Jazz. So technically, Jazz is my husband’s dog, but we all love him. So much has happened […]

storm cloud, prairie

When the Desperation is Real

A few years ago, I was at a social gathering when a woman I had never met arrived. Many of my friends knew her, and I finally met her. The conversation quickly turned to her intractable pain. None of her doctors’ treatments seemed to work. She found no […]

hawaiian beach; place of refuge

When the Living is (Suspiciously) Easy

I value going with the flow. It’s all about being in sync with the universe and recognizing right timing. It’s about being patient and waiting for the right time to act, so I work in concert with everyone else’s efforts, the timing in my life, or when an […]

No More New Year’s Resolutions!

Many people are now looking to the new year and thinking about their resolutions or, perhaps, their theme word for the year. I’m all for changing your life and making your goals happen, but I’m not a believer in new year’s resolutions. There are three good reasons why […]

sunset in the mountains

When Past and Present Collide

I was quite sad this afternoon and wondered where all this emotion was coming from. I recalled a poem that I read probably 30 years ago, but it called to me so clearly, that I have never forgotten.  I know you thought I cried too long. … It’s […]

birds

When Someone You Love is Hurting

Some people like to ignore feelings while others like to exploit them. And then you get the people who know their feelings and just want to express them. Yup, they want to talk about them. What do you do when someone is expressing strong emotions that you don’t […]