Hole-in-the-wall, Glacier National Park, Montana

East of Boulder Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Sept 2018

When you possess light within you, you see it externally – Anais Yin

Light from the sun is one of nature’s BIG miracles. It provides the warmth that plants and animals need to survive, the illumination necessary for vision to work, and serves as the engine of photosynthesis which is fundamental to regulating our atmospheric composition of CO2 and oxygen among other things. Yet we continually take it for granted. After all, “the sun will come out tomorrow…”. Occasionally we find ourselves reminded if it’s significance, such as when we are standing exposed on a high mountain pass beneath dark rain clouds in the midst of a relentless bone chilling wind, with an aching back, groveling stomach, and blistered feet. In an instant the sun breaks through and the moment we see it we realize that we are smiling.

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home – Rumi

Looking Forward in 2016

Image courtesy Greg Rakozy at

Image courtesy Greg Rakozy at

Ihave had this domain name for years.  I picked it because it represents a couple of my favorite things – giving, and giggling. When I originally conceived of it, the idea was to create a garden variety family blog devoted to sharing the wondrous things my children said and did which brought me joy everyday.  This was back when Facebook was just emerging, and the idea of social media and “smart” phones were abstract and only contemplated by academics in think tanks.  There was no Twitter, Snapchat, Skype or Instagram.  The only way great family moments were shared was via email.  Landlines still populated every home in the United States, and film camera’s still prevailed.  Of course, I was always too busy to use the website as intended, and the relentless evolution of technology has now created so many more effective ways to interact with family and friends.  My kids are older, too.  They’re quite tech savvy and easily share their own ideas about what’s funny without needing me to represent them.


I hope the mud on my goggles and the grit in my teeth will be washed away by the torrents of words that rain down over me and splatter upon the digital page.


So now I’m left to decide just exactly what to do with this website.  I must confess that I suffer from a paralysis of analysis in this regard.  It has really prevented me from getting it up and running for the past couple of years.  Rather than generate content, I’ve focussed on learning css and php, playing with wordpress and it’s infinite array of plugins, developing strategies for curating good content, integrating my website with various social media accounts, etc.  Basically I’ve focused on everything except content.  That’s ridiculous, and tonight it ends.  Fittingly, it happens to be the first day of 2016.  So my new year’s resolution for 2016 will be to post to my website every day.  Something.  Anything.  From this chaos, I hope order will develop.  I hope the mud on my goggles and the grit in my teeth will be washed away by the torrents of words that rain down over me and splatter upon the digital page.  I hope my blog takes the mesmerizing shape of a beautiful body that I long to touch and be touched by every day.  I hope to yearn for my blog.


Yes, that’s right.  I hope to yearn for my blog.  And it’s a tantalizing notion.  One that is already stirring emotions of anticipation, excitement, anxiety, and doubt within me even as I write.  That’s a great sign.  The potential is within me. So goodbye to 2015, and hello to 2016.  And may the new year paint all of our perspectives with imagination, creativity, wonder, excitement and fascination.


Let the adventure begin…