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…

For the love of dogs

At the advice of my bestie and writing mentor, I am posting a chapter of my memoir that recently won honorable mention in a contest. As with many things in life, we rarely take the time to pat our own back or find it in ourselves to be proud of something we’ve done. I know…

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…

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…

I’m Being Followed

My husband attended a particularly dreary doctor’s appointment with me in November, and afterwards he took me to the Asheville Arboretum for a mental reprieve. These pictures were taken from that fall afternoon. Looking at the last rays of sunlight filtering through the trees, I didn’t focus on how beautiful nature’s shadow was. I thought…

The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

Originally posted on The Cat's Write:
If you’re a writer, undomesticated equines probably can’t stop you from writing wherever and whenever the tantalising desire strikes. It is a magnetic force that consumes you for a few minutes to a few days at a time, and it can strike randomly and without prejudice. But, unfortunately… there is one…

Adventures in Volunteering:Community Garden

    I came across my third volunteering venue while working at the Community Table. I was busing tables when I looked up and saw a flyer for the Community Garden. I asked one the volunteers about it and they said they obtain a large portion of their donated produce from this resource.   So…

Adventures in Volunteering- Community Table

” Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte I learned of the Community Table from a fellow co-worker. They were my first choice in volunteer venues, but I learned they were on everyone else’s radar too. I made several attempts in January…

Adventures in Volunteering- PAWS

I’m almost half way through my adventures in volunteering. It came as no surprise that my experiences have been both rewarding and fun. What did surprise me was the difficulty I encountered getting scheduled at a volunteer venue. I knew I would have to work hard at making time to give my time. But I…

First Writer’s Conference

  After two months of nervous excitement, the time came to break out of my literary and introvert comfort zone. I decided in January this would be the year I’d burst out of my comfortable yet isolating writing cocoon. I needed to meet other writers and artists who are called to the creative realm. Those…

Shared Poem on Volunteering

Please enjoy this poignant poem on volunteering from Love it Now! to volunteer… I don’t need to possess nor have more than you I don’t have to be ready to give nor to wait till my ego says: “that would be good for you” crossing the borders of separation I enter a world not divided…