Stillwater Gelli Wells Run Deep

One of the biggest things I’ve learned about teaching is that it is usually as much of a learning experience for ME as it is for my students.  I suppose that’s not a new idea – but it’s something I never really thought about until I started to teach.  As a student, I always assume the teacher knows everything about the subject they’re teaching….

Lucky Me and Lucky Star

“I’m thinking that all it takes to make fantasy become a reality are two words: yes, please.” ~Maya Stein I think the words “yes, please” sort of sum up the whole experience of Lucky Star for me.  It all started with a little email from my sweet squammie friend, Mary.  “Wanna go to this art camp in Texas with me?” and I said “yes,…

A Delicate Balance

Every time I go to this place in the Arizona Desert, I bring home some esoteric new gift to add to my lifestyle toolkit – this trip, it was the idea of balance. I’ve long been interested in the idea of balancing body, mind and spirit, but I never really thought about it in concrete terms – it was more of a hazy idea;…

Growth & Healing in the Desert

I’m truly not sure where to begin telling the story of this trip (Canyon Ranch, Tuscon AZ, May 11-17, 2013).  There was relaxation, certainly – in the form of rest, play and yummy spa services. There was MUCH inspiration!  Megan sketched some of the amazing flora and architecture (must beg again for copies to share), gorgeous artwork on the walls and grounds of the…

Kisses to Grow On

In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work, 18 bloggers set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen! Today all of us are posting about that experience. My thoughts are below; visit…

Fifty Before 50

As I approach one of the BIG milestone birthdays (50 next July), I’m more inspired than ever to grab all the excitement and adventure I possibly can.  I’ll admit that aging scares me a little, but I’m a firm believer in making the most of my time on this planet by 1) maintaining regular health care practices; 2) staying active; and 3) following my dreams.  I’ve…

Perfect is the Enemy of Good

Let’s just say that the best plans are those laid aside.  We had an absolutely wonderful week and I apologize for not giving you the play by play I promised, but I honestly found Canyon Ranch to be more consuming than I ever expected. It turned out to be a place where people really unplug, so about the only thing I used my cell…

Finding Grace

My dad has a long-standing love of trains – as I recall the story, his father was a railroad man and Dad spent quite a bit of his childhood exploring the tracks and trains near his Ohio home.  In the years since, he’s amassed quite a collection of model trains and, as someone who adores all things tiny, those models have always fascinated me….

Things I’m learning from my cats…

Change is just plain scary… especially when new housemates are involved. We all need our own space… and food… and toys… and other stuff… to feel at home. Play is the great equalizer. I apologize for being so cat-crazed over here lately.  I honestly had no idea how hard it would be to bring another cat into our existing two-cat household!  Part of me…