Masks vs. Reality

Have you ever noticed there are people in this life who only like you when you’re all happy happy joy joy? But heaven forbid you display something else, feel something else – well then you just aren’t as much fun to be around anymore. So then what? Be yourself but end up feeling empty and … More Masks vs. Reality

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A Step Forward

Sometimes it’s the little things that move us forward. Something amazing happened the other day. Well, perhaps amazing isn’t the correct word, perhaps it was just more ‘unexpected but welcome’. I was born and raised in Northern California. As most of you know, last week that area was devastated by massive fire storms, my hometown area, three counties, … More A Step Forward

When Time Heals

2009 – the year the defining family event occurred. It’s been 8 years. Eight years since life as I knew it changed forever, 8 years I lived without family, 8 years of pain, and suffering, and confusion, and unanswered questions. But it was also 8 years of change, 8 years of healing and growing, 8 … More When Time Heals

Finding Brave

“The bravest thing I ever did was run.” These lyrics to a song by Little Big Town have really struck my heart. I have never felt in my whole life that running away was ever the right thing to do… until I had to do it. But I never thought of it as brave – necessary maybe, … More Finding Brave

The Chains of Life

  I bought a book of Mark Twain quotes recently, and this one really hit me: “We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains – chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment – in a word, Circumstance – and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain.” … More The Chains of Life