One Feeling is Worth 1,000 Thoughts

People have often asked me about my writing process and how do I go about writing my stories. My creativity arises from feelings. At first, I play with thoughts and ideas with no worries for practical… for the pure joy and exploration of it. And I do this because it unlocks doorways within my imagination…

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Liberating My Inner Elf

As the eldest daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, mother, and now grandmother, I have a LONG history of being a holiday elf. From my earliest childhood, I absorbed multigenerational traditions into my psyche and learned ‘how things are done’  training as a good elf. I was taught that the meaning of Christmas was in creating a happy…

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Arizona’s Far Northern Navajo Country

Amidst Northern Arizona’s expanses of high deserts and unique geological formations dwells the presence beyond time and appearance. Of course I adore Sedona and her awe inspiring red rocks; and I pay my respects to the National forests and parks. However, it is in stepping off the grid into Arizona’s northern realms that brings me…

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Hubbard Glacier

The RSSC Mariner ship sailed through the night, heading south from Seward on its final Alaskan 2019 voyage of the summer. The morning brought rain which did not bode well for out scheduled visit to the  Hubbard Glacier.  The wind pierced through my coat as I walked across the ship deck to lunch as the…

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Sky High Time Twizzles

I love to travel and when I do, I try my best to not sweat the small stuff.  But, boy was I tested on my recent flight to Anchorage, in a white knuckle flight with layers of delays that made me doubt whether travel was in the cards for me any time soon. My previous…

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Replacing One’s Window to the Soul

If you have ever had windows replaced in your abode, you know how may ways it can go wrong –awry — sideways, (everything from mis-calculations and broken seals to gaps and warps). Not only must the measurements for the window precisely match the dimensions of the exterior wall, but there’s very little room for error…

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Sedona’s In-Between Place

On this summer solstice, I am bathing in the stillness of in-between. After months of edits and polishing, my soon-to-be-released book, Voyage of the Templar Guardians, has been passed to the design team at Lulu Publishing, for an interval of rest on my part. I am also coming off of a series of several family…

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Buried in Popcorn

My posts have recently slowed drastically because I have been submerged in quantum popcorn. “What?” you might certainly ask, “the heck is she talking about?” My unorthodox metaphor is appropriate, however. Transformations are popping all around me, to the point I am wondering if the kernels inside myself and my environment are in a microwave…

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Taoism for Writers

Sometime ago, I ran across this Taoist poem, which  is a wonderful guide for living.  In dwelling, be close to the land.  In meditation, go deep in the heart.   In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.   In speech, be true.  In ruling, be just.   In business, be competent.  In action, watch the timing.  …

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Holiday Smarts

Tips for Managing the Busiest Holiday Season Ever Simplify ~ Simplify ~ Simplify!   Easier said than done… I am living testament to the difficulty of untangling the proverbial Xmas lights to find comfort and joy amidst the hot mess of  ‘not-missing-out on holiday activities. From Halloween to New Year’s society dials up the fires…

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