Wild Goose Island

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Legendary Wild Goose Island sits in St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Forest in Montana. Legend tells of two lovers from Indian tribes that lived on opposite sides of the lake that met and fell in love on the…

Procrastination, we meet again.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe You know that song with the line, “The waiting is the hardest part.”?  While I find that waiting can be tough, it is the starting that can be tougher still.  Whether it is lack of motivation or not knowing where…

Beauty From Ashes

“I am not where I need to be, but, thank God, I am not where I used to be.” ― Joyce Meyer, Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing There is something so hauntingly beautiful about these burnt trees in Glacier National Park, Montana. To see the new growth engulf them in green new life. Yet…

Do What Makes You Great

“You don’t have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you.” – Charlie Day Actor, producer and screenwriter Charlie Day (1998 graduate of Merrimack College) delivers the keynote address at Merrimack’s 64th undergraduate commencement ceremony. To me there is something inspiring and motivating about a commencement speech. Especially one that hits all the high points…

Are orbs really spirits?

“There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st But in his motion like an angel sings.”  – William Shakespeare The sunrise brought me a green orb. Several of my snaps this morning had one at different locations in the sky and as it drew closer created a pink aura around it. Orbs are a curious phenomenon…

Live And Love Your Brave Life

“There is a surrendering to your story and then a knowing that you don’t have to stay in your story.”  –  Colette Baron Reid Your Brave Life is a philosophy that has I have come to live by and I hope you will too. When we think of bravery we often think of grandiose things…

Why does it have to be so complicated?

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.” – William Shakespeare I don’t claim to be a grief specialist but one thing that you will find consistently in my writing and advice is to not go it alone and how damaging grieving can be if you…

Grief: Overcoming the obstacles of hypervigilance and trust issues

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.” – Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery When it turns out that nothing is what it seemed to be. When the “It could never happen to me.” happens to you, it…

Grieve One Day At A Time

“A family will never get over losing their loved ones. It doesn’t matter how long ago or how old the loved one was or how they died. The family lives with this pain every moment of their remaining lives.” – Narin Grewal It takes time and practice to get good at living with loss. It…