I believe in love…

So today is a day dedicated to love which comes in so many flavors. There’s the “leaping flames” love of youth and the “quiet white embers” love of the ages.  There’s the silly precocious love of your teens; the intensely magnetic love of your twenties; the practical and steady love of your thirties; and theContinue reading “I believe in love…”

Forgive; don’t forget

Almost bedtime on the eve of the last day of the year. Yes, in a little less than a day, we’ll begin another year… 2014 showed me that life is so much more than something that just happens to us. So, I want to start 2015 clean and clear. The Buddha once said, “Holding onContinue reading “Forgive; don’t forget”

And then my heart left me and went out into the world on its own…

I have heard it said that raising a child is like making a conscious choice to voluntarily take your heart from out of your chest and allow it to run carelessly and willy-nilly throughout the cosmos with reckless abandon.  It is the visceral equivalent of giving consciousness to a part of yourself that is henceforth goingContinue reading “And then my heart left me and went out into the world on its own…”

My Very Own “Bridge At San Luis Rey”

Every now and then I find myself caught up in and  perhaps thinking too long about shortcuts I have taken and mistakes I have made. It is easy when in one of those periodic down-cycles to reflect on what one has done and where one has been.  But, be careful; if you linger in thereContinue reading “My Very Own “Bridge At San Luis Rey””

I made this hot mess…

I’ve been watching with an almost out-of-body-like perspective lately as my families goes through another of so many changes.  My son is seventeen now and my daughter nearly fourteen.  We raised them to have their own hearts, mind and voices… and I am here to tell you, that is not always easy, comfortable or prettyContinue reading “I made this hot mess…”

“…Morally Straight”

I am a very proud, tried and true, died-in-the-wool, Adult Volunteer Scout Leader… I am involved at every level of Scouting in my region.  I proudly proclaim that I am or have been, Cub Scout Pack Leader; Boy Scout Troop Committee Chair, Vice Chair; District Leadership Committee – Communications Chair; Newsletter Adviser for my Lodge in Order ofContinue reading ““…Morally Straight””

We put the “FUN” is Dysfunctional!

It occurred to me that there may actually be no such thing as the dysfunctional family.  The way I see it, prior to the industrialization and urbanization of America, most families were more spread out geographically from one another and at the same time a great deal more dependent upon each other for their health, wealth and prosperity.Continue reading “We put the “FUN” is Dysfunctional!”