I’d rather be Outside

Here I stand, senses alive to what surrounds me. The cat and I pause- to notice, to listen. Time outside serves as daily medicine. It is my escape in the woods and my peace on the water’s horizon. I tap into childlike nature climbing boulders, studying stones, and inhaling the breeze that sways through the […]

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A Cat called Sprout

A little voice squeals to signal morning. I stumble over all four paws that weave between my steps. A scoop of kibbles snoozes my alarm. The morning ritual continues with a cat called Sprout.   I lower to equal footing with the cat who dutifully follows, wide eyes longing for attention.  I extend my human […]

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Fleeting Inspirations

Dots and lines layer over as a smile forms in pure pleasure. Witnessing the delight to create inspires me to be better. Oh to be young and full of promise, lifted up with dreams not yet written, before the realities of life corrupt the inner being.   I’m not getting any younger to put off […]

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Footprints

I run alone. Cold air fills my lungs as I breathe in deep, the beauty that surrounds me. I escape the noise and enter an archway of delicate branches laced in white, on the Pumpkinvine Trail. Quiet nature beckons me forward into my own sense of wild peace. I focus my gaze into the distance […]

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Girls Need Fan Support Too

It’s Saturday night, and the undefeated, second-ranked conference team, Elkhart Central High School, is playing the undefeated, number-one ranked team, Penn High School, at their home gym in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. The Girls Varsity team has been away for the past 5 out of 6 games and I am expecting the gym to be packed […]

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Our First Gingerbread House…Actually, Tepee Tent

It’s Sunday afternoon and we’re strolling the grocery aisles humming along to Christmas songs while shopping for the week’s meals when Derek notices a DIY Gingerbread House kit. The box came with pre-baked, ready-to-assemble walls with candies and bagged frosting for $14.99. It looked like a fun Christmas activity that neither of us had done […]

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Photo Walk at Oden State Fish Hatchery

On a cool, Autumn afternoon we walked the trails of Oden State Fish Hatchery in northern Michigan. The water was so clear that the trout could be seen right from the trail and the trees were in the peak of their colors.  This hatchery has been active since 1920 replenishing fish communities that are released […]

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