Musings from a Lake

I'm sitting on Lake Latonka by myself and I'm reminded of how crazy life is. If not for my Dad's job, I would have no desire to be in western Pennsylvania, and likely would have never come here. I haven't been so far north in a long time. I can't tell if the weather is [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Family and Boundaries

Don't let anyone rob you of your zen. Most people have at least one person who can easily get under their skin by a harsh comment or a sharp look, and more often than not these people are part of the family. It cuts deep when a parent shows disappointment or disgust with a choice [...]

Nothing Comes to Mind

I recently paid a much needed visit to my home town of Batavia, Illinois. It was brief, but helped.  It's good to get back in touch with your roots ... if you have any. That's a tough one for me, because I often feel like I don't belong anywhere as I've moved so much. But [...]

Simple Meditation/Relaxation Exercise

If you are feeling closed in and disconnected from those around you and feel as if no one understands, try to find a place outside where you can comfortably lie down on a towel with minimal distractions. Ideally, this is a place that does not feel closed in by trees on all sides and is [...]

Sustains You

If nothing else inspires or sustains you today Rest in knowing that nature can hold your problems Your fears With kindness and without judgment. The sun is not stingy with its warmth On days when people disappoint. If you lie in the forest or the fields You'll find expansiveness. The ground can hold you up [...]

My Favorite Day in Iceland: Mind the Waves

This was by far my most favorite day in Iceland, though all of my time spent there was absolutely amazing. This day, however, stands out as particularly beautiful and surreal. Above you see the blacksand beach where glacial icebergs wash up. The Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon [below] was absolutely breathtaking. The glacial icebergs had an etheral glow [...]