WARNING: This Post Just Might Piss You Off…

…but then again, maybe that’s what you need. I know occasionally it is for me. The beautiful Cheryl Brehm, one of our models this past weekend when I “wasn’t” a photographer. Photo credit Once Around Venus Photography. How our sentences are structured — in our minds, in our speech — seems so minor. “I am an athlete,” seems to... Continue Reading →

Medicine Woman

Medicine Woman The past two weeks at my “real job” have held some of the most emotionally, physically, and intellectually taxing shifts that I have had in years. For ten to twelve hours at a time, I felt like I was quickly stomping out one fire only to hear the desperate cries of need at... Continue Reading →

Starting Off Right

As a rule, my mother wasn’t a superstitious person. She did, however, hesitate to turn around once a journey was started. Her mom said it was bad luck. My grandmother also made sure to call on New Year’s Eve to remind us not to wash clothes and “wash away” a loved one in the coming... Continue Reading →

Whoa, Oh, It’s Magic

Sometimes we find ourselves in moments that make us wonder if they are real. I’m not talking about the soul sucking horror of moments we wish weren’t happening. I’m talking about the magical ones, when the light beams across the background bathing everything in a gentle glow. Dust motes or snow or rain or leaves... Continue Reading →

Does It Serve You?

These last few days I’ve been frustrated with myself, feeling like I don’t put a big enough dent in anything. Three years later, I still suck at jiu jitsu. A month into yet another work out program, I have lost exactly zero pounds and feel no faster, no stronger. My book I started years ago?... Continue Reading →

Little Things

Last night was a beautiful autumn night. Just a little crisp. A bit of a breeze tiptoed through the drying leaves on the trees, whispering to those who bothered to listen. The lake lapped at its shores. A flock of mallards quacked themselves into a cove and settled into what I can only presume was... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Listening

What I am reading often influences my posts. On my drive to this hotel, I listened to Brene Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness, and I pondered her wisdom. Her thoughts triggered mine, and as I drove, I began to plan what I might write. Then I arrived, checked in, pressed the up button for... Continue Reading →

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