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Letting Go…

Letting Go…

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi Alex and I had a home on Lake Nacimiento in Central California for close to 20 years. This was our little “get away,” where we were nurtured by Mother Nature herself… no internet,...
Peace Within

Peace Within

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dali Lama The Dali Lama is really onto something here…the...
True Freedom

True Freedom

“We seek retreats for ourselves, houses in the country, seashores, mountains.  But … we have in our power to retire into ourselves.  For there is no retreat that is quieter and freer from trouble than our soul … perfect tranquility, the right ordering of mind.”...
A Tribute to the Men in My Life

A Tribute to the Men in My Life

We had an idea… since mid-June has Father’s Day, Jean & Alison wanted to share about the men in their lives. The three prominent men in my life have demonstrated some amazing qualities that I deeply respect. My dad, Eric… was a man who carried himself...
The Power of the “Feminine”

The Power of the “Feminine”

A respectable quote – “To be soft is to be powerful.” ~ Rupi Kaur This is the month of Mother’s Day and spring renewal so thoughts come up about “The Feminine”. The “Feminine” way of being is indeed powerful, for it is always life affirming and...
Same Ol’

Same Ol’

Recently, I read this quote from Mary Pickford, “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” Now that’s a quote I respect! A new beginning is...
Stories We Tell Ourselves

Stories We Tell Ourselves

The stories we tell ourselves can either make or break us…that is how powerful the mind is…and that surely deserves my respect. When I was a young girl, my grandmother would tell me bedtime stories.  She was great at it, so much detail and feeling would be put into...
Self Love

Self Love

Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”  The act of Self Love is not always as easy or romantic as it sounds.  Self Love requires one to be totally honest with themselves first, a bit challenging for some, but truly...
Trusting In Myself

Trusting In Myself

“Out with the old- in with the new” requires a LOT of trust. The concept of trust has definitely had its way with me throughout most of my life, and so I thought to take another look at the power of this word ….which clearly deserves my respect. As I...
Why We Love Christmas Movies

Why We Love Christmas Movies

Movies are a great way for bringing family and friends together…And that notion deservedly has my respect. The Holiday Season is a wonderful time to gather around the TV screen and settle in to watching one or two or three heartfelt Christmas movies…with a...
True Compassion

True Compassion

Are You Truly Compassionate? During this holiday season, I want to reflect upon the word that stands out the most for me – Compassion. Many texts have given great credence to the human nature called compassion… I too feel a great respect for this word, as it...
Flower Shop

Flower Shop

I used to own a flower shop in Century City, California. It was charmingly small, but moreover, it was where countless people would order flowers to pay tribute to the many milestones of their lives; and for this reason, my little flower shop has my respect. In 1993,...
The Gift of Willy

The Gift of Willy

The best dog in my world is Wilbur, aka Willy.Willy is a miniature Aussie Sheppard, with black and white fur, and eyes of chocolate brown. I named him Wilbur after the pig in the novel “Charlotte’s Web.”  I’ve long admired that story, and wanted to...
Let It Go with Ed Asner

Let It Go with Ed Asner

We’ve all experienced unfortunate situations in life; whereby friends or family members have wronged us, or what we’ve surely believed in did not come to pass.  Letting go can be difficult, however when we do, the liberation of it is something to really respect. I...

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