The Frying Pan River

The Frying Pan River took me by surprise
I heard the path near its banks gently say my name.  I meander closer.

The water hastily waking the rocks, within its winding bed. It’s symphony playing songs hidden within my heart.
The mountains looking down stoically,  at the performance below.

Frying Pan River in Basalt, Colorado

Flowers & Quotes

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs


“You are summer to my winter heart” – Gemma Troy


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver


“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. “
The Yosemite (1912), page 256. – John Muir


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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt


I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the end of February, with a few of my favorite quotes partnered with my husband’s stunning photography. Hope you are enjoying a season of rest and beauty!! Spring in on its way!


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He sits with me. Always. I continue

to drink my coffee.

His mahogany eyes craving my attention.


he requests just a minute of time. I begin another task. Yet, he lingers.

He lovingly

challenges me to a game,

as he plops his squeaky toy in my lap.

I throw it high.

He springs to action. Bolting. He lands back at my feet.

He begged for more. His gentle gaze


My heart beats


for this softhearted dog.

For the time being, we are

together. The background fades.

I am present with him.

The Antagonist


The Antagonist
They followed him blindly in to the woods. Branches swayed in a seduction of unison.  The light between the trees was lynched, by his grandiosity and lies. Many continued without hesitation. He asked for a sacrifice of integrity, in exchange for boundless gains. The trees crowded around them until all he requested was placed on the altar.

The creature is walking freely, as the thicket suffocates his disciples.


Calendar: Tool or Cage

Recently, my office mate and I had a philosophical discussion, on goals and calendars. The new year inciting the stillness of hope, within our dreams. Deliberation of one’s life became the forefront of our conversation, for this short period of time. One of us, (myself) arguing that a calendar is modern-day cage dictating our every move. She retorts my cynicism, with a statement about the calendar being a gentle reminder to start over, move forward, and/or, simply, a guide to stay on track. Positivity temporarily slaughtered my cynicism. Life lessons always find a way to stir the heart of this pseudo-misanthrope.

Like most people, I have found numerous ways to achieve tasks with the help of a calendar. The point is not the calendar; this point is finding a way to not let a schedule bulldoze one’s life. Newfangled, I realized that as an adult, I have the freedom to dictate my thoughts, schedule, plans, and goals. I want to live in an authentic way that embraces my deepest sense of self. Yet, I haven’t found a way to concisely articulate my definition of my authentic self. Life’s journey is not about completing a series of tasks; however, it is about the acceptance of one’s self, on the journey.

Five ways to embrace YOU

  1. Collect your moments of beauty within a jar. Literally, write them down and put them in a jar. (Flow magazine gave me this idea) Reread these moments. Often!
  2. Seek exercises in mindfulness. Check out the Flow magazine for some inspiration, thoughts, and activities focused on mindfulness.
  3. Do what you love. Be the person you love. Spend time with those you love.
  4. Travel, dream, go on adventures, read, dance, try something new, slow down, take a nap… embrace the season you are living in.
  5. Each day is a new opportunity to be you! Do not let yesterday define today or tomorrow.

“Beauty being the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel

Disclaimer: I am receiving no financial compensation from Flow magazine. You, as the reader never have to agree with the thoughts of the writer.