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Climbing Mountains and Slaying Dragons

One foot in front of the other we trekked our way up the narrow path where the Aspen trees rustled in the breeze creating a sound somewhere between water running down a stream and that of a joyful musical instrument. We hiked under this canopy of whispering leaves...

In Defense of Aging

She dabbed the concealer under my eyes and then sponged foundation across my face. Stepping back and pausing for a moment, she asked a question that was designed as more of a statement than an inquiry, “Do you get Botox or filler?” It was obvious that she already knew...

The Salmon and the Squirrel

In the spirit of keeping things real, I had an epic dinner fail last night. True, it was dinner for my husband, son and my son’s girlfriend, but seriously, these are the people that I ultimately care most about and wish to serve up the best to. It had been one of...

…and now the world changes

“…and now the world changes”. They were words that hung in the air, heavy and solemn. My friend let me know that his wife was fine and not in Paris where they have a second home. During dinner with a couple the evening before, I joyfully blurted out “Christmas and New...

Singing in the Rain

We were running down the middle of the street, me with my soaking wet dress hiked up above my knees with one hand and my father, holding onto my dog, China’s leash, water splashing up his legs each time his foot hit the hot, wet asphalt. By the time we saw my husband,...

Yeasted Waffles

Today the Christmas tree finally comes down as our last houseguest of the holiday season has left. Our home is quiet, but still, a faint echoing of our grown kids exists in the walls or maybe just in my heart. We had such fun with ski trips to Aspen, Vail, Beaver...

Robin

My breath escaped me for a moment as I, like the rest of the world, learned three days ago that Robin Williams had passed away. Even this morning as I read the tributes and painful good-byes from those who knew him well, I was having a difficult time comprehending how...

Ten Years

My eyes fluttered open at four o’clock in the morning and I found myself waking to the awareness of the brevity of life, my mortality and the mystery of it all. A slightly uncomfortable feeling washed over me, a sadness. It was then that I remembered that it was the...

Finding My Center

I wonder sometimes why people feel they need to travel to the ends of the earth to “find” themselves or their spiritual center. Why do they believe an ashram in India to be more enlightening than their backyard or kitchen window? I’m not judging, because I believe we...

France: Vence and Avignon

After our jaunt to Italy and walk through Eze, we headed to Vence, a small town near the more well-known and visited, Saint Paul de Vence. Once home to artists and writers such as Chagall, Matisse, Duffy, Soutine and D. H. Lawrence, who spent his last days in Vence,...

Fresh Intention for the New Year

As the New Year draws an imaginary line in the sand of time when we reflect on the past and look forward to the future, I am not so inclined to make resolutions but I do mull over the year and consider how best to live an intentional life each day.  THE YEAR IN REVIEW...

My Valentine

It was a long-awaited sip of something sweet and profound in a glass of Syrah Voluptuous, soft, and juicy, oozing with possibilities But with this particular drink of serendipity that I had ventured back for a deeper moment, a wisp of time that I would never forget...

The Land of Trolls and Apple Cake

I grew up with little Norwegian troll dolls that relatives brought back from Norway. Legend has it that these mystical and often dangerous creatures who live in Norse caves and under bridges, have a proclivity for munching up naughty children who wander too far from...

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