Category Archives: Nature

Creatures of Summer

Creatures of Summer

This weekend early summer crawled, slithered, darted, flew, droned, chirped, and bit. Nature was everywhere inside and outside my condo. Parades of black ants feasted on kitchen delights that evaded my eyesight. The only bug I just despise—besides maybe roaches—was spotted worming its weird, feathery, hairy, multi-legged self up my great room wall. Without guilt, I ended… Continue Reading

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindful practices teach us to “watch our thoughts.” I’ve been watching. And lately, I’ve decided to wave a big ol’ yeller flag of caution. As I’ve navigated, with a nonexisting road map,  the post-22 landscape of disAbilities—that barren terrain after school ends forever—I developed a two-word mantra for my life the last nine months: JOY… Continue Reading

Life Lessons from Winter

Life Lessons from Winter

The park’s dull, gray, curving paths glistened a deep black, speckled with flecks of silver and blue—liquid mirrors of daylight and winter sky. A manmade canvas doused with a New Year’s first rain. A 30-minute walk in balmy air. A renewed love affair. One I have each year with winter. The only season that consistently… Continue Reading

Nature’s Gift of the Present

Nature’s Gift of the Present

As our meeting ended, he, a man with whom I have done business with for many years, rose from my kitchen table and gave me a lasting gift. We had discussed  financial futures, the stock market, the economy, the recent election. Not only was what he shared a gift to me, it was the way he… Continue Reading

Farewell Ode to November

Farewell Ode to November

It has arrived. The dark of this Wednesday, the last of November. Most of the previous 29 days masqueraded as Indian summer;  the chorus of fall rising in a parched crescendo at month’s end. Monday morning’s buffet brunch of chill, hue, and aroma roused my senses from their dull preoccupation. It is November. My sudden… Continue Reading