Shadows on the Moon

This is the season of quiet introspection, during which evenings are usually spent with my nose buried in a book or working on my own writing.  Instead of curling up with a cat on my lap and a book in my hand tonight, I'll venture out into the biting cold to watch the lunar eclipse.... Continue Reading →


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 →

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 →

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 →


(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 →

Today We Choose

Twenty seven years ago today, an amazing and unthinkable thing happened - a terrible wall that separated a city, a country, and the world fell.  Families that had been divided for nearly three decades were reunited and a world torn apart by the Cold War began to feel a little more friendly and united. A... Continue Reading →

Out of My Head and Onto the Page

It is November and the annual madness has officially taken hold. It is five days into NaNoWriMo and my official word count is at just over 15,000. For the sake of expedience as I didn't have the time or energy to world-build for a new novel this year, I have resorted to my last writing... Continue Reading →

Rethinking The Label of Solitary

297 days. That's how long it's been since my feet had trod the trail that's been referred elsewhere in this blog as the Temple of Mud, Sweat, and Blood. Three seasons have come and gone without so much as a single footfall.  Physical incapacity has kept me away from this moving meditation for months; fear... Continue Reading →

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