Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, taro fields

A Matter of Perspective

My business trip last week resulted in four airplane flights, and I had lots to think about as I flew over the landscape. Nothing looks the same as it does from the ground, of course. The wildfire looked new and small, even if it wasn’t so small to […]

Colorado, mountains, clouds

I apologize

I didn’t hear many apologies growing up. In west Texas, it wasn’t a popular thing to do. Maybe, like Gibbs on NCIS, the type of people who lived there thought that apologizing was a sign of weakness. Little did I know that apologizing is a total art form, […]

green butterfly, purple butterfly

Fear Transformed into Action

I’m a studier, ruminator, reader, thinker, analyst, ponderer. I think about things. A lot. I’ve noticed that during the past few years, I’ve been far more comfortable learning more about a subject than I am comfortable actually acting upon what I’ve learned. I tell myself that I’m not […]

Archangel Michael Statue, Catholic Archdiocese of Denver

Not Afraid of Hard Work

I planted some big seeds in the early spring, personally and professionally, physically and metaphorically. It’s high summer now, and my garden is getting big. Flowers are blooming, plants growing, and vegetables are ripening.  They’re doing fine with lots of water and sunshine. My personal and professional lives […]

pear

Work in Progress

It’s hard to escape the fact that summer is in full-force. It’s hot everywhere, from what I can tell. I’ve heard that many gardens this year are really suffering, due to the drought here, but my back-yard garden is doing well. It’s shaded from all-day frying by the […]

Schnauffen Peagle, schnauzer-auffenpinscher-poodle-beagle mix dog, dog, black and tan shaggy dog

Miracle Dog

Earlier this month, we had a family emergency.  I could tell on Friday that my two-year-old dog, Tribble, didn’t feel well. She vomited a little, which wasn’t unusual; our dogs had each vomited once or twice in the past week, but it they were fine the next day. […]

prayer bundles, Medicine Wheel

Gratitude and the Spirit of Giving

I know a woman who’s a traditionalist. She used to give her grandchildren gifts. If she didn’t get a written thank-you note, she gave less of a gift the next year. If she still didn’t get a thank-you note, she stopped giving. She tells me how she’s teaching […]

Auffenpinscher/Schnauzer mix, black dog,

Better than Katrina

When hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding occurred in New Orleans in 2005, we heard tragic stories of people and their pets. People were shown trying to smuggle their pets into the evacuation buses, where they were refused admittance. Some left their animals behind, while others refused to […]