june 29, 2016

“I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing… has to go… Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging.

january 10, 2016

“Don’t stay where you are tolerated. Go where you are celebrated.” ~ Unknown     We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Ryan Bick’s untimely passing. Yesterday, his father asked if I had any photos of Ryan that we hadn’t seen. I spent a good deal of time today going back to various weddings and gatherings over the last few years. Of all the rental-nieces and nephews, Ryan was

january 22, 2015

“What is to give light must endure burning.”~ Viktor Frankl     I initially missed this day’s post because of late night visitation services for Ryan Paul Bick. People waited in a winter cold line wrapped around the funeral home and down the block for nearly two hours just to pay their respects. A two hour service turned into five. It was quite moving, and it lifted the family like little else

january 18, 2015

“Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” ~ Sarah Louise Delany     This is my rent-a-nephew, Ryan Bick (left) at his sister’s wedding in 2013 to Jeff Whitehouse (right). Ryan passed away last night unexpectedly. He was young. He was handsome and smart and talented. He was loved. If you’ve ever wanted to do something, but you’ve been putting it off for whatever reason, stop the