Talking to strangers…

Do you do it? When? To ask for directions? To order at a restaurant? To the grocery store clerk? To buy or sell something? I admit, I don't usually strike up conversations with strangers, I'm still a little shy about it and... yeah scared. The times I have spontaneously erupted in conversation with a stranger... Continue Reading →

Overwhelmed…

What happens to you when you get overwhelmed? Do you shut people out? Do you procrastinate? Do you get angry for no reason? Do you want to run away? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. My mental outlook on life has been derailed momentarily. Yes momentarily, because when we get overwhelmed it is only temporary. We have... Continue Reading →

A bed of roses…

Death. No matter how hard we try, we just can't get away from it. Nope, sorry, you too will die, your spirit will leave your physical body and go...  wherever spirits go when we die. So why do you ignore it? You know... Death?  When someone you know or love is consciously dying because they... Continue Reading →

Til Death…

Death. What it means to each of us is very personal, but transcendent as well, meaning it is a part of our being human. What is your relationship with death? Is it filled with fear? Peace? or Indifference (which may lead back to fear)? It was June 12, 2012, a month ago, when I went... Continue Reading →

And there’s the pitch…

Version 3 Guantanamera, a travel memoir, describes a trip with my mother to her birthplace, Guantanamo, Cuba. Upon arrival the romantic vision of Cuba I had since childhood, quickly melted away as I found myself in a military state. “Why did I decide to take this trip?” I thought to myself as I walked past... Continue Reading →

Just trippin’

When you live in Seattle WA, you have to be creative. A week ago my partner and I did just that when figuring out how to find summer. While the rest of you were sweltering in 100+ degree weather, the Pacific NW was cool and rainy. Sure that sounds good if you are sweating buckets... Continue Reading →

Fork you…

When there is a fork in the road take it. Just do something for crying out loud. Don't just stand there scratching your head wondering which is the "best" road. For some it will be the road less traveled, unpaved, muddy, with huge pot holes or ruts. For others it will be immaculately paved, well... Continue Reading →

Up yours!

I was in Alaska last week. The 49th state of our union, the last frontier, a state twice the size of Texas, where glaciers still exist, where you can still find wild animals roaming their ancestral habitat. My goal while there, besides attending a conference, was to capture a moose. With a camera of course,... Continue Reading →

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