“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Though it tugged at my heart to leave magical Sedona, I soon felt excitement and freedom of the adventure ahead. On the drive 1600 mile drive toward Pensacola to see my daughters, I experienced variety in both the weather and geography and had the opportunity to connect with many dear friends. [read more]
Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live. Nora Roberts, Charmed
Sedona is magic. A drive to town through the red rocks still takes my breath away. The geography is truly awe inspiring. My visit here has been filled with magic, serendipities, and synchronicities as well as quiet, ordinary days. The energy is beautiful and the people are beautiful.
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” ― L.M. Montgomery, in Anne of Green Gables
For the last two weeks of December, it was my dream to drive the Pacific coast road between San Francisco and San Diego. As I was busy searching for places to stay, I was guided not to make reservations. I have always felt more comfortable knowing where I would stay, but I was willing to be open to an unfolding adventure. [read more]
And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand. Michael Joncas
My arrival in Mt. Shasta City, at the foot of the magnificient 14,000 foot Mt. Shasta was a bit anxious. The temperature was well above 100, the air was full of smoke from area forest fires and my vacation rental didn’t have air conditioning. That first day, I wasn’t even sure I could stay. [read more]
“Enjoy your inward travels. May they be extraordinary. Collect each jewel. Bless each day of your life—for no day of your life will ever come again.” Carolyn Myss.
My travels since arriving in Oregon in late June have been extra-ordinary. It was certainly a wonder-filled experience last week to find myself participating in a five day small group “salon” in the Ashland home of “the” Jean Houston. We contemplated and experienced the current issues and beliefs about the “Living Universe,” with our co-teacher, author Duane Elgin. On the fourth day, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis came to have lunch and visit with us. Who’d of thunk it could be possible!! [read more]
Feathers inspire courage to fly to where one is called…It is the universe in flight. Lavelle Foos
Before I left Clear Lake (SE Houston), I came upon an Oregon Coast Picture Book Writers conference web site, where I found the image of a single feather on the sand. I wondered if that was a sign, and later that day got conformation from a psychic friend, that Oregon was indeed my destination and that I should go to Ashland. It felt good to have specific direction for the near future.
“We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” Thich Nhat Hanh
It is very early morning in the League City, Texas condo that I have called home since April 13. I am sitting in my “writing” chair watching storm clouds and sheets of rain move across the lake. A lone gull just glided by the window to say, “Good morning”. Thunder is still rolling, but the sky is lighter on the horizon. More rain and flash flooding are predicted in Houston on this my last day. I am confident it will clear in time for me to finish packing the car to head toward Pensacola to see my family.
This stay has been a time of profound change. I want to capture the lessons before I set out. It will take a series of posts to do the subject justice. [read more]
“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.” Deepak Chopra
Between the busy winter with old friends in my Kingwood, Texas townhouse (northeast Houston) and my move to a sky view condo in Clear Lake (southeast Houston) in mid-April, I was gifted with a beautiful time apart. [read more]
” If you know what you want; if you’ve made up your mind; if you can see it, feel it and move toward it in some small way every single day…it has to happen.” The Universe
Today I am celebrating my 33rd anniversary of recovery from breast cancer. When I left my home in DeRidder, Louisiana headed for surgery in New Orleans in late January of 1982 the daffodils by the front door were just about an inch high. As a glanced at the little green shoots, I wondered if I would ever see them bloom again and if I would have the opportunity to raise my young daughters. Now 33 years later I have the opportunity to purchase fresh daffodils to mark and marvel as so many additional years of life. My daughters are grown and parents of amazing teenagers of their own. [read more]
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
What a wonderful opportunity we have for a new start – fresh and shiny with possibility! If we can dream it; we can be it; we can have it. That’s the way the world works. What we focus on gets bigger. What we believe to be true appears. [read more]