Dear Friends, Going through a recent move got me thinking about what an ultimate cleanse might look like. In general, participating in cleanses or fasting is not my thing, unless forced into it by a colonoscopy appointment 🙀 and then I go into a mini meltdown because I can't stand the idea of not eating … Continue reading Introducing the 2020 Ultimate Cleanse!
"We are sturdy beings. But in many ways, we are fragile. We can accept change and loss, but this comes at our own pace and in our own way. And only God can determine the timing." (The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie) Dear Friends, It was my initial thought to title my … Continue reading When Life Serves Up a Shock Wave
June 21, 2019 Dear Friends, My sister Marilyn recently traveled to Scotland and sent me a photo of the "Praying Hands of Mary" (see photo above) which is located in the longest glen of Scotland, Glen Lyon. It is also known as "Fionn's Rock" and the legend is that Celtic hero Fionn MacCumhaill (Finn … Continue reading Split in Two (when no decision is a decision)
For many years I drove a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway every evening on my way home, and would regularly come upon scenes matching the opening photo. I felt very blessed, of course, and in my imagination, dark clouds partially obscuring the glory of the sun were a metaphor. It symbolized, for me, that … Continue reading Intelligent Disobedience (How to be a happy contrarian)
Dear Friends, I left the wildflowers and super bloom of the Coachella Valley in late February to spend some time in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was tax time; therefore, it was my task to not only get my taxes done but to get them done for my Mother. So, why not stay awhile … Continue reading The Bliss and Blessings of Five Mile Hikes
I recently left the California Coachella Valley just when it was awash in beauty, blossoms, and color. This phenomenon ~ when the desert is richly carpeted in thousands of wildflowers ~ is called a "Super Bloom". It happens when a late fall monsoon occurs followed by cold temperatures that lock in moisture. These conditions prepare … Continue reading Even the Desert Blooms
Dear Friends, The other day my friend and I went for a hike. It is my friend's intention to train for a hike at the Grand Canyon in summer 2019 and she wants to make sure that she builds up enough stamina and endurance by then so she's not, in her words, holding anyone back. Since … Continue reading Helping Each Other up the Mountain