Walking through the valley with 20/20 vision

Turning the corner into a new decade, looking ahead with expectation, walking into the unknown.  All these things make this traveler’s heart beat a little faster in anticipation. Ever the optimist, I hope the days and months ahead bring healing, peace and a sense of well-being. But what if….?  We don't know what's around the …

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Holy Grief

Grief is exhausting.  Bone-tiring, heart-numbing, mind-fogging sorrow mixed with moments of happy memories shared with those who walk this journey with you.  A proverbial roller-coaster of emotion that never stops.  Everything in me screams, “I want off!” or at least, “I want to go back.” Such an inexpressible feeling - vacillating between deep sorrow down to …

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Regifting – a timeless generosity

December 22, 1982 - A beautiful healthy baby boy was born - my first child, Brandon - nicknamed "Bo."  As I held him for the first time, I whispered a silent prayer that he would have a full life - a life of the joy of knowing God and loving others.  Thankfully, I had no …

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An Unwelcome Journey

Spoiler alert:  This isn't your typical seasonal posting.  There are many of you out there whose hearts are far from "merry and light."  You are dealing with losses so great and so exhausting that the flavors of your day (everyday) are sorrow and grief beyond words.  And now, I can honestly say, "I know how …

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Wandering 50 National Parks: A grieving mother’s journey

The National Park system in America is known around the world for its stunning beauty and diverse landscapes.  In fact, the granddaddy of the National Parks, the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100 year birthday this year.  But go into any National Park and you will find a reason to wander and linger and savor every …

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Lots of Cats, but no Easter Bunny on Crete

As we wrap up our Easter celebrations here in the States, Greeks all over the world are in the thick of Holy Week that climaxes on April 28 - Orthodox Easter simply known as Pascha (Passover) - the most sacred event for all of Greece.  The typical Greek Orthodox family holds tradition very closely, and Holy Week …

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A peek inside a Cretan sanctuary

(The following is an excerpt from my book, Uniquely Crete:  Life Redefined on a Greek Island.  Available now for preorder now on Amazon) I’m sitting in a shady spot on a stone wall in the Agia Triada monastery courtyard on a divine spring morning. After the short easy 15 minute bike ride to this peaceful …

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Living in the eye of the storm

From what I hear (and see in photos) of winter in Crete this year, I'm happy to be in snowy Colorado rather than in the Mediterranean.  Violent storms have ripped through  Crete and left devastation in various ways across the island.  When we lived on Crete, I remember the wild winter weather complete with sideways …

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Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around)

No HYGGE?  Just say, "PYT!" Last month I wrote a blogpost about the Danish concept of "Hygge" and how its blood pressure reducing effects can be achieved anywhere.  (HYGGE YOURSELF - January 29)  Basically, we need to learn what it means to seriously "chill."   But sometimes our best laid plans to hygge just don't pan …

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Into the Unknown – Greek Island Living

(*The following is a teaser excerpt from my book Uniquely Crete:  Life Redefined on a Greek Island to be released April 30 - available for preorder now on Amazon) I have a love affair with maps: Old out-of-date ones or slick, still-crispy new ones. It doesn’t matter what condition they’re in.   As long as there’s a longitude …

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