Hiking With Kids: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

I'm part of non-profit launching this year that aims to promote mental well-being through engaging in nature. Check out the Trailblazing Hope website. I'll be guest posting on their site regularly. The first article I wrote is about hiking with kids, or as I sometimes call it: A Disaster Waiting to Happen. It is total … Continue reading Hiking With Kids: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Your Body as Home: Inhabiting it With Gratitude

It is incredibly defeating to encounter person after person caught up in the same struggles as you, without evidencing hope of overcoming them. It can be terrifying to witness your greatest fears come to pass in other people’s lives and wonder if you will be visited by the same griefs. There is a pain, so … Continue reading Your Body as Home: Inhabiting it With Gratitude

The Imperceptible Nature of Growth

Change is borne out of a million different interactions, thought pattern adjustments, minute transformations, moments of healing, challenges, encouragements, affirmations, and simply acts of love and acceptance. It is found in a word, or phrase, a strong wind against our face, a walk, a question, and yes, even watching a seed sprout. Growth is a cumulative process.

Coming Home: A Call to Return to Nature When Chaos Visits

Our natural surroundings invite us to simply be. To quiet, to breath, to stillness. There is no hurry and no anxiety in the cyclical abundance and lull of life on Earth. For so many of us, peace is elusive, an unattainable wisp on the fractured horizon of our permanently broken hearts. How odd, since we … Continue reading Coming Home: A Call to Return to Nature When Chaos Visits

The Lie of Enough: Shame in our Perceived Lack

For most people, culture is virtually indistinguishable from truth. Whatever is normal is best. Whatever is socially acceptable is right. Whatever is valued or sought after as a society is good; that which is eschewed is bad. Besides the faulty logic of this approach, there are deeper, insidious impacts. These assumptions, these unchallenged standards and … Continue reading The Lie of Enough: Shame in our Perceived Lack

For Anyone Who Needs a Laugh

(which is everyone) First: A hysterical article with some pretty stellar advice for the lazy writer in all of us. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/16-tricks-to-stretch-out-an-essay Second: A clip from a masterful 90s show. Heck, anything with John Lithgow is incredible, amiright? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx18XDUUp3E&t=10s Last: The stellar definition of this highly adaptable phrase: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=beep%20beep%20boop Don't stop laughing. Some people might tell … Continue reading For Anyone Who Needs a Laugh

Make Hope Louder

We have a propensity, perhaps even a love affair, with giving the negative a bullhorn. Every frustration, doubt, grief, and despair is given voice through social media, news, texts, e-mails, and even the narrative in our minds. In fact, I would submit that this is such a common occurrence, a widely accepted approach, we rarely … Continue reading Make Hope Louder

Cheap is More Expensive

Cheap is More Expensive “Sticker shock” is the term for the disgust and frustration the average person experiences upon learning the price of an expensive item or service. If only it was just a sticker we were upset about. I’ve yet to find an equally fitting term for the disgust and frustration a person suffers … Continue reading Cheap is More Expensive

The Personality of Business: Empathy is Boss

The word “business” conjures an image of the dry, rote give and take of services and goods. These exchanges fulfill an equation: I need X and I will give you Y for it. If what I offer isn’t what you want, we’re done here. If what you want to pay isn’t what I’ll accept, then … Continue reading The Personality of Business: Empathy is Boss