Why I Love my Job

April 25, 2018

“Do what you love, the money will follow.” Decades ago, I read this. I read Marsha Sinetar’s book by that name and thought, “Sure, for me it would be do what I love and the money will follow waaay behind, far far behind. Do what I love and the money will follow my own investments in doing what I love.”

Well, I’m now wrapping up my fourth season of doing what I love at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with money in the bank and in my retirement fund. And, if I also count the seven seasons I worked as a Ridgerunner on the Appalachian Trail, that would add up to eleven seasons earning money doing what I love. It can happen – even to a doubter like me! read more

Way of the Tahoe

April 10, 2018

Yesterday’s fifth anniversay of my divorce invited me to consider how I am embracing my new relationship. I thought, “Why not invent something new rather than continue pitying myself for settling for a similarly shallow relationship?”

Well, it turns out that my partner took care of that. He bought a 4×4 Chevy Tahoe! “Now, we can drive deeper into the desert,” he celebrated. “Not to just drive, but to position ourselves for walking in more remote places.” read more

Divorciversary

April 9, 2018

In the best spirit of Radical Forgiveness which gave me the tools to be able to stand in gratitude and honor for this day, I acknowledge with openness to a Spiritual purpose, that today marks the fifth anniversary of my divorce. I acknowledge, love, accept, and honor myself and my ex for courageously stepping through this gateway – away from feelings, because of beliefs, toward relationships,into an unknown neither of us anticipated when we said, “I do”.

Yet, divorce has given me experiences I value in their rawness and power. Divorce links me with others with whom I now have a bond of the heart. To all of us, blessings on the journey! read more

Mom’s Celebration

Simon turns 29 on April 3rd!

Dear Simon,

I love studying the collage of photos I put together for your 18th birthday. I know there have been photos since then, but these are easily accessible and reflect the time that I was with you a whole lot more than I have been in the last 11 years!  Here’s a sampling of one corner of it.  I celebrate your life and my gratitude for being your mom.  What I love about you Simon:

  • Your quiet attentiveness to details
  • Your inner musical rhythm
  • Your reliability
  • Your engineering skills shared with the world
  • Your sober lifestyle
  • Your gentle spirit and generosity

I celebrate YOU!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By4dX48YOv5GLUVnV2J3d0k1UDg read more