Stoic

Men are not disturbed by things, but the view they take of things. – Epictetus (55-135 A.D.) While on our road trip to the Crested Butte Music Festival my friend Kristen and I stopped along Kebler Pass to admire a sea of ferns. We wandered off in separate directions to take photos. When I turned...

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About Cats and Dogs

My friend Kristen and I saw a variety of landscapes, people and animals on a recent road trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. We loved meeting new people and seeing new places, but because I missed my cat, Leo, and Kristen missed her cat, Pip, the animals we met along the way made our trip all...

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Sometimes You’re the Dog

You’ve heard the saying, “Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes your the hydrant.” I’ve often wondered about its meaning so I did some research in hopes of finding an enlightened answer, but what I found was, well, pretty much what I thought it meant: sometimes you’re going to be the lucky dog that gets love and...

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California Backroads: We Go to Igo Ono

Igo, you go, we all go to Ono … Igo and Ono, California, that is … There’s nothing like cool, country air and a flaxen sunrise to put you back in your right mind.   My sister and I told work to kiss our tailgates and we hit the road to explore life and improve...

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Some Chances Set You Free

There’s a tree located on a narrow, shady lane in Chico, CA. It has a scar in its bark. Someone has fashioned a doorway to who knows where — you have to use your imagination to get there. Consider this when you read these simple words written by one of my favorite female singer-songwriters, Christine...

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Thank You, Mikayla: A Letter to My Niece

Dear Mikayla, “Hate is easy, love takes courage” is the signature you use at the end of  your emails. As I looked through the recent photo-filled email you shared, I was struck by the strength and importance of your message and realized how fitting it is for this season of my life. I won’t go...

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Buckeye: Lucky Charms

This past weekend I met two new friends — a sweet, young married couple just getting a start in life. They are both creatives, one a graphic designer and one a writer. They wanted to know about my writing and what I’ve done to grow my business. I thought about it for a moment, and although...

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Redding Trails: Lema Ranch

It’s been raining here for a few days and although I’m happy for the precipitation, I’ve been a baby and have stayed inside where it’s warm … until today. Out I went into the cold but dry weather for some much needed nature therapy. Destination: Lema Ranch. After a rather busy week of work, family...

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Stray Cat Strut

Sometimes we don’t have a choice when it comes to our pets, whether that means which pet comes into our lives, and when or how our lives are changed by them. Meet Beatrice. A stray cat who started coming around two weeks ago and has since adopted our family as his own. I wasn’t ready...

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Colors of Fall

Colors of fall: orange, yellow, scarlet and … Pink. Yes, pink. Here in Cali, we still have some lovely blushing flowers to admire, like this Begonia. Once Jack Frost breathes over my garden, this little beauty will be a goner. So, I will admire its delicate nature now. This sweet Dianthus adds cheer to the...

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