Friday, February 5, 2016

Suppression...coming soon


...I am happy to be alive when I see the waves wash upon the shore, when I see the colors in the sky, when the rain falls slowly on a warm afternoon. It does not cost me anything to experience these gifts, and I do not need to travel to far lands or perform great feats to see this beauty. I only need to stop and notice the beauty that is all around me. I have come to understand that the joy that I experience does not come from the beauty that I see, but from the beauty that I feel, the beauty of a simple joy.

    “You,” she whispers again.
    “Oh Grandma. This was from your Grandma Sarah. Isn’t it?”
   She nods yes as I say, “It was written before the war, and you still have it and now you want me to have it?”
   She smiles and then closes her eyes.
   “Thank you Grandma. I will keep it safe. It is the best graduation gift that you could have given me.”

I read it one more time and put it in my purse. I am not sure where I can put it to keep it safe, but I will find a spot. After I am sure that she has fallen asleep, I turn off the light and head for the train home.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Will the waves take her under?

Riding Waves is a YA and NA Fiction Novel about learning to navigate the joys, as well as, the trials of growing up, falling in love and going to college. It appears that Harper’s life is heading in the direction of her dreams as she graduates from high school and begins to date her best friend’s charismatic older brother, Dan. As she struggles to balance her own needs with the demands of being in a relationship, she loses her best friend and is in danger of losing herself. She has some hard decisions to make when her choices lead her only to confusion and pain. While on vacation in Florida, she writes a poem comparing her own life to how she feels when body surfing. She realizes that just like in body surfing, she must decide which waves will take her to shore and towards her dreams, and which choices might take her under and cause her only pain. 
Can Harper ride the waves of life or will they take her under?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

We can all be enticed by the dark side

Many people are shocked by the characters that “turn bad” or go over to the dark side. Even I find myself wondering what could happen in a person’s life that would make them turn on their family, but then I look at what we place value on in society. We praise people who make lots of money. We value power, possessions, control and money. That ultimately is what the people are enticed by when they begin to make the choices of evil over good. We can all be enticed by the dark side.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Be thankful

Buddha said, "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; 
so, let us all be thankful." 
It is so easy to look at others and feel envious of all that they have, but no one can see areas they feel empty. I have a gratitude journal that I write in often, not daily, when I need to shift the focus from what I am lacking in life to what I have in life. I try to stay thankful.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Create life

Abraham Lincoln said, " Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." 
   While it is true that we can't control how others behave, you can decide how you will respond. Because our minds, thoughts and words create our reality, we can determine our own experience and the meaning we assign it. Can we choose happiness and peace no matter what life is sending our way? 

Friday, November 13, 2015

I love getting lost

   Although I enjoy hiking, hanging out with my loves ones and writing, there is nothing like getting lost in a good book. Since I was a little girl, I have been an avid reader. I often wish that I had a list of every book that I have ever read. I also wonder what the very first chapter book I read was. Hours can fly by when I let myself enter the pages. I love getting lost....

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Life is...

I don't think that faith is as simple as some people want it to be. It is difficult to understand why people die; why people suffer, and why people hurt others. I question how mean people can have abundance in their life, but I do believe. Life is messy; life is complicated; life can be painful; life can be beautiful. It can be sad and it can be joyful, but it is in that space that I live.