The Beauty of Boulder

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien Taking a trip alone is not for the faint of heart. According to others, it’s downright perilous. If I had believed the many “what if” stories that pummeled me throughout my twenties as I discussed my next trip with others, perhaps I would have never … [Read more…]

Fall

Where has the summer gone? It is officially over, yet the heat hangs upon our nation’s capital like a veneer, unwilling to quite release its grasp. It’s been a busy few months, and yet even the word “busy” is a mask for many other things it may be covering: worry, stress, long days with little … [Read more…]

The Inaudible Sound of Grief

“Look at your eyes. They are so small, but they see enormous things.” – Rumi Sunday. I awake, the last Sunday before my stepson returns from his first trip to South Florida to visit his Mom for the summer. We cherish the last of the weekend days when we can lay in bed for as … [Read more…]

Lessons to a Younger Self

“If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives…. But close up a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.” – Ursula K. Le Guin The headline nearly careens past my head before capturing my attention … [Read more…]

Happy Stepmother’s Day?

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher Nature is my soundtrack this morning. The rain falls gently to the grass, replenishing the morning dew. The birds chip and sing their melodies from the branches of the centuries old trees that surround the property of the … [Read more…]

“Patience is a Virtue”

It may or may not be a secret that I am and have always been a voracious reader. Books are my world I turn to in which, regardless of the outer circumstances of my life, I submerge myself in a story losing all vision around me until I nearly miss my Metro stop, or my … [Read more…]

West Coast: Racing Thoughts

The difference between East and West coasters is perhaps less obvious, until the moment you come face-to-face with your own pace of life. You find the differences in the small things – how long you allow yourselves to linger at the table after lunch or dinner, the types of dining options within the neighborhood, the … [Read more…]

The Fiery Life of Stars

Source: NASA

“In the middle of this road we call our life I found myself in a dark wood With no clear path through.” – Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy “Inferno” In my short life upon this planet, I’ve yearned for answers to deceivingly simple questions. Why are we here? What is the purpose of my existence? Should … [Read more…]