Life’s Imperfections

A Buddha head in Merlin's Garden

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. Leonard ... Read More »

Mortality’s Lessons


The hardest part of our mortality is recognizing just that. I have given lots of thought to the beyond as I suppose many of you have. It makes me ... Read More »

Beyond the Door

Beyond the Doorway

"Be an opener of doors” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson We are often our worst enemy. Plagued with uncertainty, we question the possibility of what ... Read More »


Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it. Roald Dahl Rudy, our gardener, looked at me perplexed as we both kneeled in the garden. ... Read More »

The Happy Place

The Happy Place

You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. - Timber Hawkeye Serenity can have a way of ... Read More »

The Antagonist As Helper

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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke Opinions are abundant. Given ... Read More »

The Power of the Curve


“When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.” ― Charles Baxter, Burning Down the House: Essays on ... Read More »

The Road to Illumination

the path

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in ... Read More »

The Way to Goodbye


" knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." Kahil Gibran I came home from vacation secretly guarding myself from the fact that ... Read More »

Pressing Forward


Don’t hunt for trouble, but look for success. You’ll find what you look for, But don’t look for distress. If you see but your ... Read More »

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