Life Lessons From a Horse :: Think About Direction

Stand in the place where you live Now face North Think about direction Wonder why you haven't before... 'Stand' by R.E.M (1988). Rowan has continued her riding lessons as the summer progresses. I wrote about their beginning several weeks ago. ...more

Just Two Hours

Last night I went out to dinner with a friend.  All told, from beginning to end, we only spent two hours together.  But we made each of those 120 minutes count!!With busy lives and electronic communication, we forget sometimes how important actual face to face time is.  We spent those two hours talking ninety to much so that our waitress was concerned that we didn't like our food!  Every time she walked by, we were yakking instead of eating!...more

Just a thought...

Love yourself more than anyone else. Adore your parents, no one is perfect and they won't be here forever. Be loyal, always. If you think you can't, you are right, you never will. Love your children, be responsible for them. Be the best parent you can be, you only get one shot at it. Do what you say... Don't put the burden of your happiness on someone else's shoulders. It is too heavy to bear for long. Make your life the way YOU want it to be. Don't change or compromise for anyone, ever. ...more

Finding Hope: Reweaving -- Then and Now

By Pam McCallister, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine....more

Revisiting Book: Like Water for Chocolate

I’ve been reading lots lately and I have also re-read a few books. I came across an old favorite. Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies (1989) contains all the great ingredients for a best-seller: love, betrayal, hardship, food, fantasy, and death. At first glance, many dismiss the book as a mere love story touched with tragedy for Tita de Le Garza, the protagonist. Upon closer examination, though, the book provides a strong example of fiction, cultural archetypes, and theory....more

After all these years, What have we learned?

Although the last 12 months have been some of the toughest months of my life, and full of trials I hope to never repeat, I must admit to learning a few things about life, people & myself. There were good and bad times. I had some really painful moments and moments of pure joy. Most of my life has been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences that I have tried to learn from. So, after 40 years, what do I know for sure? What can I take away from every moment good or bad, and turn into a strength? ...more

I'm A 46 Year Old Runaway

So, I ran away last night.  Yup, got dressed, grabbed my car keys and took off.  I was at my wits end with all kinds of garbage going on in my life.  I'm sure you know what I mean or can relate and if you don't, heaven love ya! I'd go into detailed details but those things are for a different blog post than what I have in mind today.  It is not the issues that made me runaway in the first place I want to talk about but rather the outcome.&nb...more

Dreams really do come true

We barely uttered a word.  All that my husband, Marc, said to me was, “we are good.  We leave at 8”.  Now, I knew what he was referring to.  But, Alex the cat, who was sitting next to me in what we have come to call our “recovery room” wasn’t privy to the prior conversations.  However, he didn’t have to be. He understood his father loud and clear. ...more

we defrosted salmon for dinner.. so Alex will be getting a treat.... I like Carly more, but I ...more