It’s the little things

There is a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I apply to my daily life: “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” Today while walking on the dirt roads that surround my house, as always I admire the big and small beauty around me.

This caterpillar was the first thing I saw after making it to the bottom of my long, steep driveway. About the size of my index finger and an incredible shade of green, it was moving at a steady pace. My thoughts went back to my little green friend several times as I too moved at a good pace, my leg feeling better after an acupuncture treatment three days earlier.

The vibrant yellow wild flowers that have been lining the road recently are also part of the little things I admire. I’ve been noticing the change of what’s blooming over the months and these are the predominant flower on this last day of August.

As much as I focus on the little things, I can’t forget how they all add up to the big picture of how beautiful nature is and how lucky I am every day to be in it.

Managing physical pain

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

I’ve been struggling with a knee injury since February. My ski season ended sadly on 2/21/17. Some days I’m almost pain free. Other days, no amount of Advil, arnica, Icy Hot, and rest are enough. There are days where even sitting with my leg up hurts; no position that alleviates the pain.

I know many people who suffer with chronic pain and we all have different ways of living with it.

I’ve heard good things about eastern medicine, and specifically acupuncture so after a rough few weeks, I had my first treatment today. It’s only been a few hours and one treatment isn’t enough to judge, but I am cautiously optimistic that this will be the the difference.

The song, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” and the saying “No pain – No gain” are overrated and I’m over that philosophy. I’m ready for a gentler way.

Solar Eclipse

The 360 view from the highest point right by my house was the perfect place to watch the eclipse. There were some clouds, which interfered marginally with seeing the the entire eclipse but didn’t interfere with my enjoyment. The exquisite shade of orange as seen through my NASA approved viewing glasses, the changing image as the moon moved across the sun, and the excitement of watching science made today magical!

We made it “date” day, sharing a hike and a picnic to celebrate. As a girl who loves the moon, today was extraordinary! I hope you were able to share the eclipse with someone special too!

Riley’s birthday

I’m celebrating Riley’s 15th birthday without him. He isn’t here …. except in my Facebook memories, as my screensaver, the picture on my refrigerator, in my heart, and the tears rolling down my cheeks. This picture was part of a charity event at a shelter. I didn’t normally dress him up but I recently came across this picture and to me it says, “I’m ready for a party!” 🎁🎂❤️ Love you little man.

Music is life

Check out "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home (Medley)" by Grand Funk Railroad on Amazon Music.
Spending some time today indulging myself listening to music that transports me to a vivid memory of a time and place and those I shared it with. Music is the only thing powerful enough to make you remember every detail and at the same time, forget everything else. 🎶💜✌️😎

Frightening pictures from Charlottesville

I have been reading and watching the news from Charlottesville this weekend and am saddened for my country. It's never okay to promote violence, especially in the name of racism and religious discrimination.
It is not patriotic to spew hate and embrace the racist symbols of the south. We are better than that. How does anyone think it's okay to wave a Nazi or a confederate flag? You are not a patriot, you are not making America great, you are not what this country stands for. Please, let's call out these hate-mongers for what they are and rise above.
Love is stronger than hate.

Cruze Control #YA

My first YA novel, Cruze Control has been sent out into the #Pitchwars mentor contest and here comes #Pimpmybio

Cruze Control: Two secrets and the promise to keep them serve as the glue that keeps a family together but ultimately the bomb that destroys it. Set in 1986 and present day YA historical fiction.
About me: I lived in Chicago until a year ago when I made my dream of living in the mountains a reality. I live at 8200 feet in the forest surrounded by pine trees and forest animals. My city friends assumed my life would be like Snow White with forest creatures helping me with housework and such. That hasn't happened … so far. What has happened which is even better is that I have written 3 picture books and my first YA novel.

Random Facts:

  • I was hired to write for The Bold and the Beautiful for my first job out college.
  • I never lived more than 5 miles from my mother during our time on earth together.
  • As a little girl, I met Bob Hope in an elevator and he's super friendly.
  • My favorite author in high school was F Scott Fitzgerald and I reread several of his books as an adult and still loved them. I named the high school in my book after him.
  • David Sedaris audiobooks are the best.
  • I love to ski
  • Stephen Colbert and Jeopardy are the reasons I have TV.
  • I love country music and am a concert junkie!
  • I have friends ranging from 5 to 75 and I truly believe that it's just a number.

A Morning glory grows in Nederland 

When winter was still going strong, I dreamed of spring and summer. I dreamed of flowers, herbs and fresh vegetables. It’s a leap of faith planting seeds inside in order to have plants in the ground 2 months later. I’m not known for a green thumb but my extreme optimism makes up for it. Plus, I have an excellent gardener for a partner. Today our first flower bloomed from the seeds we planted.                                               It took me back to a beloved book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Below is a quote from that book that I believe is an inspiring life philosophy.

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”  — Betty Smith

Taking the long way around 

There is a beautiful song by the Dixie Chicks “Taking the Long Way Around” that is about not following the proscribed path. It’s a wonderful song about following your dreams and living life your own way. My own life does not match the lyrics of the song. I settled down and and “moved into the zip code where my parents lived.” This weekend I revisited that song as I found myself unable to drive home the usual way because of a road blockage. My “long way around” was the literal drive up the canyon and around. I wasn’t thrilled to have to drive 25 miles instead of 7 home but the silver lining is enjoying this song again! The video even has photos that look like our Canyon.

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