More Nesting

I’m back from my trip and learning how to make the best of where I am. For much of my life, I looked to change circumstances to feel better, believing I needed things a certain way in order to be happy. Lately, I spend more time looking for the good in where I am and…

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Tending Mom and her Nest

I’m back from my trip east to see family and finally feeling caught up. I worked hard in mom’s house and yard to get things back in shape. She hires people to help with house cleaning and mowing, but the details get neglected. I spent much of my time outdoors; picking up debris, trimming trees,…

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Here are some reflections from my trip to see my family. This trip it was apparent how much my mother’s health has declined. Her walking is very wobbly, along with balance issues and falling lately. It it hard to accept this steady decline in her health, engagement, and aliveness. This makes me ponder my own…

beauty, nature, gardens

Backyard Beauty

Backyard Beauty I’ve recently returned from my trip east to visit family and help mom get her yard in shape. I love tending the gardens for her as a way to ground myself, find beauty, and restore her gardens for mom and others to enjoy. I inherited my love of flowers, gardens, and nature from…

Soul Spaces 112 – Family and Gardens

Soul Spaces Family and Garden Goodness ~ azaleas in bloom squirrels practice acrobats butterflies dancing nature’s bounty on display nourishing body and soul ~   My mom and I thrive in the garden with flowers, bushes, plants, and birds to warm our hearts. I was happy to spruce up her yard as my way of…

Hasta La Vista Baby

Hasta La Vista Baby I’m going to visit my family back east. It’s been a year since I last saw them. My annual trek is a time to go down memory lane, visit family and McLean, VA, the area I grew up. It’s amazing how much changes each year with more growth and development. What…

elephants, Awesome Stories

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 This week Awesome Stories brings you trying, systemic changes, and remarkable elephants. Trying Yoda from Star Wars is famous for saying “Do or do not, there is no try” but Mandy Harvey wrote an original song that is all about trying and not giving up in the face of adversity. She lost her hearing due…

planting saplings, Awesome Stories

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Awesome Stories focuses on love this week. 21 Life Lessons Reading the intro to this article, I thought the advice might be irrelevant, but I was pleasantly surprised. The lessons invite us to look at life and relationship in new ways based on love, trust, patience, connection, and cooperation. These 21…

Great Falls, poetry, falling

Flowing Forward

Flowing Forward ~ rivers carving rock eons of artistry flow Great Falls on display ~ We (the muse and I) are back from our trip east to see family. My brother, mom, and I had some good conversations and even looked at one senior residence. It helped mom get clear that she is still not…

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Muse Vacation

Muse Vacation Muse Brad and I will be heading to Virginia to visit my mother and brother for a couple of weeks. We probably won’t be writing, posting, or reading many blogs. We’ll miss you, but probably need a break from writing deadlines. Muse Brad has convinced me we need time off from writing to…