Category Archive: Musings

Memories of Hugs

I was working a flight from JFK to LAX in December of 1985.  In my flight bag was a copy of Dr. Leo Buscaglia’s book of lectures, “Living, Loving, and Learning”.   “Felice… Continue reading



Fragile / Deadly

“Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run rampant, they would destroy the very things they were meant to illuminate.… Continue reading

On Solitude

I spent a week alone in that little A-Frame beach cottage recently.  I did have some time with friends who dropped by, making sure I was okay…but mostly, I spent the time alone… Continue reading

On Seeing

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”

Hug from Dr. Leo Buscaglia

I took the day off from work today to do nothing more than recharge. Recharge my mind, body, and spirt. So, I started off with a healthy breakfast, cued up a Phil Collins… Continue reading

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is.”

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing…

Road tripping

Road tripping

Forest through the trees…

Some cannot see the forest, for the trees… Ask yourself… “Can I?” Step back, refocus, try to see the big picture from another perspective.

Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm “In the age of technology there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much… Continue reading

Murky Water, Dusty Mirror

“Murky water is turbid; let it settle and it clears. A dusty mirror is dim; clean it and it is bright. What I realize as I observe this is the Tao of clarifying… Continue reading

Greener Grass

  The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. ~Henry Miller    

Dreams in Ashes

Dreams in Ashes from Irene’s high school diary… the sequel to “Decisions”. July 14, 1949

The Proof’s in the Pudding!

Thrilled beyond belief to have acquired a published family cookbook filled with old-time recipes from my two great-grandmother’s on my biological Father’s side. Today I made great grandma Bertie’s banana pudding. My first… Continue reading

On Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Rumi

Here comes the Sun

Little darling The smiles returning to the faces Little darling It seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right Sun,… Continue reading

It Only Takes a Spark

As so often happens for me on social media, be it Facebook or Google+, a posted photo of a magnificent Ginger Fro inspired me this morning…and got me thinking…. My memory traveled back… Continue reading

Explore, Dream, Be

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

Salt Life

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.


“The Planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” ~D. Orr

Still waters run deep…

Oak and cypress trees without Spanish moss look lonely and cold to me, like they need someone to bring them a shawl.

Flying High

I have a bit of a sordid tale to tell.  My mother would faint, for a number of reasons, if she heard this one.  Pray the Google Gods keep this one from her… Continue reading

On The Importance of Flatulence… or, Pull My Finger

Embarrassing Moments.  We’ve all got them…Here’s one of mine. I was 16. I was a contestant in a local teen pageant for the National trials of “Miss United Teenager”.  My mother was ecstatic.… Continue reading


The lone introvert listens to the ocean waves and is replenished

Some Day Soon

An iMovie collage of photos and videos taken in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Photos taken in the Summer and Fall of 2013. Music: Some Day Soon, by Red Tail Chasing… Continue reading

Some Bridges are Falling Down, Some Bridges are Still Around

Singer/Songwriter Jackson Browne is one of many who lends his musical talents annually to help rebuild some of our failing infrastructure.   When it comes to improving its infrastructure, America seems to be… Continue reading

On Imperfections

When we first opened our new offices in December of 2008, we were extremely proud of our efforts to plan the perfect space and atmosphere for our patients suffering from chronic pain. After… Continue reading

Be Careful not to slow dance with your Skeletons

Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a skeleton walking one step in front of you. Maybe you don’t wear a watch, but your skeletons do,… Continue reading

On Blossoms

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold. ~William Wordsworth


Harry Chapin’s music fans will always remember him for his hits “Taxi,” “WOLD,” “Cat’s In the Cradle,” “Sequel,” and hundreds of other songs. Others will remember him for co founding Why Hunger, (formerly… Continue reading

Respect Your Elders

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and… Continue reading


You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. ~Alan Alda

Hold On

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn



Earlier this year, on a cold day in late January, I received a call from a Telemetry Unit Nurse who works at the Southern Illinois hospital where I trained to become an R.N.… Continue reading

Be Like Water

 “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid,… Continue reading

On Simplicity

Complexity often breeds chaos and misunderstanding, while Simplicity seeks to find both understanding and Peace

~morning shower thoughts

Hello world!

Rediscovering myself again, through reflection. What I’m learning, is that other than identifying with  the Nurse, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend, all those labels I’ve allowed to define me for my entire… Continue reading