Storms and Stings

Ah, summer in the south.... I sat down at my desk this afternoon with a mind to write about summer things - flowers, green grass, blue skies. A quote from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass would have likely insinuated itself somewhere on the page or at the very least, a mention of Dylan's "The Force... Continue Reading →

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Chip on Their Shoulder

Warm vanilla and sugar.  Those comforting scents permeate every room of my home right now, making the entire place smell like a bakery.  If I threw some ground coffee into the percolator, the resulting sense memory would take me straight to my grandmother's kitchen, circa 1977, complete with the memory of a terribly patterned linoleum... Continue Reading →

To Do or Not to Do?

The sense of time passing rapidly haunts me sometimes.  I have no fear of death, but I do worry that I am not living my life as fully as I might be and that there will not be enough days to accomplish all that I want to do.  And do I ever have things that... Continue Reading →

An Unexpected Gift

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus Sometimes the universe has plans for us other than the ones we make for ourselves.  I'd arranged to go on an overnight hike along the Appalachian Trail with a friend to celebrate... Continue Reading →

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.comTW/CW: Depression, Suicide. Starting with this link:  Suicide Crisis Hotlines and with the statement that, if you find yourself staring into the abyss, know that you are not alone. There are people out there who care and will help. Now, for the rest of it... Death is no stranger to me.... Continue Reading →

If The Shoe Fits, Be A Heel

It has been brought to my attention that I have a superpower that I didn't know I possessed - the ability to offend people for the most ridiculous reasons. Case in point:  I recently invited a friend to coffee so that we could catch up.  Because I was in a celebratory mood, I put on... Continue Reading →

Remembering The Forgotten

CW: PTSD, Suicide A neighbor gave me a gift of a dozen ripe peaches today.  As I stood pondering what to do with them, a memory came back to me, unbidden, of the last conversation I had with my friend, Mike.  He'd just returned home from a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf and... Continue Reading →

The Temple of MSB: A Roadblock

  This morning I ventured out for what I refer to tongue-in-cheek at Sunday Services at the Temple of Mud, Sweat, and Blood, which is to say that I spent some time on a local trail trying to clear my head.  I have a favorite loop trail that is just the right length and difficulty... Continue Reading →

Nourishment

(If you need it, this is your warning that this post touches on eating disorders and body image.) Any spiritual path worth pursuing is going to have a foundation of core tenets.  In my case, the ideas responsibility and accountability are the rocks on which everything else is built.  Over the years, I think I've... Continue Reading →

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