More than the Sum of Our Parts

Winter has reared its head again and cast a web of shimmering ice and snow over a large swath of the States.  Days like today are referred to as soup days in my household.  When it's too dreary and cold to venture beyond the front door, I pull out either the slow cooker or dutch... Continue Reading →


Rise and Shine

I sat down to type this post on the winter Solstice, but as seems to happen far too often, I was sidetracked by other things. So, to begin, very belated Solstice blessings to those who celebrate. For the winter season, I'm focusing on a theme of Rise and Shine.  There is the very literal interpretation... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →


(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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