october 31, 2019

“When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.” ~ Stephen Covey Hands down, co-worker Jay-Marie Bravent won the killer costume award at work this year. The coordinated Jason/Grumpy Cat outfits was a brilliant joke, inside as it was, and certainly deserves more than an honorable mention. Good times. 

october 30, 2019

“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Getting into, and out of, the church for last Sunday’s baptism was a challenge as there was a lady bug swarm brought on by the unusually warm weather. And, yes, they were inside

october 29, 2019

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.” ~ Unknown Last night, as I was putting the outhouse together, I was getting hints from Facebook that something had gone very wrong with Judy Easterling after the Baptism. Today, I learned that she was involved in a serious car accident later that day. Thankfully, she’s expected to recover, but she has multiple broken bones to heal in order to get

october 28, 2019

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I looked over at a pew during the baptism yesterday and saw four generations of Easterling women: Matriarch, Judy, her daughter Brenda Dalton (Robin’s sister-in-law), and her daughter Niki Haney holding her daughter Aubrey. Like Robin’s family, Judy’s family and ours go way back, so it was

october 27, 2019

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” ~ Patricia Neal BFF Robin Dalton was baptized today and she was sweet enough to invite me to the family-only event. She and Pastor Mark Risner were also kind enough to allow me to photograph the immersive ritual. Plus, Robin is aware of my affinity for the sacred ritual and spaces among us, so allowing me to

october 26, 2019

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~ Rumi Today was the day – finally! It’s been right at six months since the remodel of the house began. Though it’s not entirely done, the upstairs is finally done and the water heater is in place which enables me to move back in. However, actually being able to live there might take a few days

october 25, 2019

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ Unknown Looks like my time at Hotel de Yelton is drawing to an end.

october 24, 2019

“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.” ~ Christian Morganstern

october 23, 2019

“If at first you don’t succeed, adjust your crown and try again.” ~ Unknown Right here is one of the happiest pictures I’ve ever seen of my long-time Marilyn Craig. That might be because she’s just about the happiest she’s ever been, with the exception of when her son Coleman was born. I love and adore Marilyn and I am just tickled pink to find her so happy. She deserves

october 22, 2019

“Breathe. It was just a bad day, not a bad life.” ~ Unknown This is Angie’s mama’s horse, Jody. Jody, like all horses I’ve met, is wildly curious about cameras. However, she was not at all amused that Ang and I appeared without peppermint rounds. Nevertheless, she’s a beautiful palomino that’s a member of the Bliss family. I’m proud to know her.