life stories, wonder

what shines

The stockings are barely hung in the house before my youngest daughter starts creating things to place inside each one. Casually walking by the fireplace on any day, she’ll gently squeeze the bottom of a stocking so the rest of us can hear the crinkling of paper inside, a creation she has made for one… Read More what shines

life stories, wellness


My favorite month of the year, October brings a change to the light in the late afternoon, cooler weather, lots of hiking and all-things-pumpkin, as well as gratitude and life reflections that typically shape many months in my life. Alas, my peaceful October feeling is not that this year. I am concerned and I am… Read More october

life stories

two years

Two years. In many ways, it feels like yesterday. In others ways, my body recognizes how far it has come and what it has been through. It’s fair to say that brain surgery was never in my plans. I write that now with a degree of humor, as I understand more and more that life… Read More two years

life stories

ocean treasures

I just returned from a glorious vacation at the beach. A few days before we left, my youngest daughter looked at me and simply said, “I am so glad we are going to the beach. I like you the best when we are there.” I knew exactly what she meant. Almost anywhere else I travel,… Read More ocean treasures


love and ashes

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday on the same day is an interesting conundrum, right? On a day where many of us are entering into a season of quiet reflection or fasting as we reflect on our sins and mortality, there are hearts in the air and reminders of affection. I actually love it. My oldest… Read More love and ashes