Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Surviving vs. Thriving

I have been thinking a lot about the difference between merely surviving and thriving.  Some days it is all I can do to go through the motions and make it until I fall into bed at night.  Then there are those days when I feel full of possibilities and am able to put my best self into every thing I do.  But the truth is, that on most days, I experience a bit of each, bouncing between these two extremes and existing some place in the middle - juggling tumbleweeds and catching the rays on my new growth.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Universal Love

Valentine's Day will soon be here;  the signs are everywhere.  Typically this is a holiday for romantic couples and school children with decorated shoe boxes.  I made this card with markers and paint to send to those I love.  It was inspired by the way I feel nature shows it affection for us.  Hearts don't really dangle from trees but I feel a love from nature, not the warm-fuzzy kind of love but the kind that opens our hearts with a crisp wind.  The kind that makes us think and wonder and want to reach out with all our senses.  The kind that doesn't care if we are beautiful or successful or young or able to give much in return.  How fortunate we are to have access to this love.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wild Places :: Yellowstone in Winter

My dad was in Yellowstone National Park last weekend and sent me this photo.  He saw so much wildlife including a pack of 8 wolves, elk, bison and these bighorn sheep that were right at the edge of the road.  I used to live sixty miles from Yellowstone and can attest that this season is a great time to visit with less people and more animal sightings.

The thing about wild places is that we all benefit even if we never go there.  Just knowing there are pieces of our Earth that are untouched (relatively) by people makes my heart sing.  Sometimes I meditate by mentally visiting Yellowstone or other geographic areas that remain somewhat wild and sacred.  They belong to no one and everyone just by existing.

You don't have to travel somewhere to enjoy it.  Take a virtual trip today to someplace wild.

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Friday, January 30, 2015


Here is Frog again, this time with a colored background.  I am keeping Frog close as I navigate my way through some health issues.  Spirit animals cannot save us from ourselves or anything else, but they can be our guides and companions during this life journey.  I am watching Frog and learning how to flow through changes while keeping my soul intact.

Frog can show us how to move and grow through the moments we are given.

Sunday, January 25, 2015



As we chose our one little word for the year, we can also choose the spirit animal that can help us integrate it into our lives.  One of my friends chose the word Balance and I immediately thought of Wolf.

Wolf is the master at balancing independence and community.  We use the term “lone wolf” frequently to describe someone who walks their own path but wolves are also part of a “pack”, a familiar group that live together.  The energy of Wolf can help us to better balance self-care with the obligations we have to those who live with us.

Wolf does not need to choose between solitude and society.  Neither do we.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Catching Mice

There is no good way to separate our space from that of mice.  As cute as they are, mice are messy, can carry germs, and get into our food storage.  Snap traps are violent and glue traps are inhumane.  So I choose to use a live trap and relocate mice somewhere away from the homes of people.  I realize that this is not a perfect solution, but at least the mouse has a chance of survival and a natural death when it happens.

If anyone has a better idea on how to remove mice from a home or other building, please let me know.  I am open to a less traumatic, win/win plan for sharing this earth with these little creatures.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Frog, the Healer

The Frog shows us how to adapt in an ever changing world.  Frog medicine is in the teachings of how to heal our bodies by working with time and connecting to the tides of nature.  Whether you are dealing with a health crisis or just the challenges of aging, the Frog can show us ingenuous ways to live better.