The Beat Up Roasting Pan

Every couple of years I like to re-post this. It was my first published essay and also my first blog. It’s special to me, and every year it’s message rings true! What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Are you planning the big feast,trying to figure out how to prep the turkey, which this holiday revolves…

Luxurious Mountain Fall

Fall has been fantastic in Western North Carolina this year. And I love everything about it! I love the sensation of a cool breeze on my skin and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. I enjoy long walks with my dog and cat ( yes cat) looking up into the boughs of autumnal colored…

My Day Alone

At first glance, this title seems depressing. But when you think about it … it’s pretty awesome! A day alone, especially for a writer is an opportunity for creativity. We live such busy lives with our careers, families, social engagements etc …. When was the last time you had a day or few hours just…

Nature Infuses the Writer’s Soul

I hope you all are enjoying your summers, and maybe squeezing in a mini break or two! We have been experiencing daily summer storms here in the mountains which has made for a very green summer. Have any of you got outside to feel all that nature has to offer? Nature is definitely my muse,…

Grow Where You are Planted…

Grow Where You Are Planted… Look around you. What blessings and opportunities are you missing? Take hold of the low hanging fruit. Seize this moment you have been given. The past is in the past. The future is yours to mold. Stop complaining about things that are out of your control. Take heed of the…

Write Outside-Adventure Edition

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah This past January, I finally had the opportunity to visit my family at their seasonal home in El Pescadero and Todos Santos, Mexico. For nearly 8 years we’d been trying to make this trip happen and something always came…

The Journal Project

This is my birthday week, and to celebrate I’m writing about one of my favorite things- journaling. “ I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” ~ Anne Frank Journaling has been a part of my life since I…

Frozen Waterfalls and Other Snowy Beauties

Here in the NC mountains we have been experiencing colder than usual temperatures for extended period of times. As much as I detest my face hurting when I walk outside, the frozen beauty the single digits bring is almost worth it. My hubby and I started the year off with a couple of chilly hikes….

15 Ways to Succeed at Life- What does your “Dash” show?

I wanted to start the year on a positive note. I’ve written, what I feel, are 15 ways to succeed at life. None of these are new, just a great reminder as we all embark on 2018. I also included my all important New Year’s resolutions that include taking more bubble baths and drinking more…

Scenes of Christmas in the Mountains

Merry Christmas one and all! I hope everyone reading this had a beautiful and restful Christmas with family and friends, near and far. I wanted to share some Christmas photography that I’ve taken throughout my travels in the mountains of Western NC this holiday season. Along with the pictures, I hope you enjoy the seasoned…

I’m Taking it Back

In Cheryl Sandberg’s recent memoir, Option B, she asks what we have “taken back” since experiencing a life-altering loss.   I’m reading Option B as a mini book club of sorts with my best friend. We read a chapter each week and then email each other our thoughts and feelings. We all have a Plan…