Swimming through Fear

I wasn't always afraid of the water, I grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, swimming in the crystal clear water and other area lakes at every opportunity and truly loved being a mermaid. But then came the dawn of JAWS and my swimming career was effectively halted. I remember trying to drown out my … [Read more...]

Take me to your Leader, but make sure he’s not Nuts!

Here's the thing: tell someone you believe in UFOs and that's perfectly acceptable.  It's out there, it's controversial, it's vague, it's elusive, it's relative, it has hard evidential proof, it has changed some people's lives forever, it's got a slew of groupies.... and it's perfectly acceptable to … [Read more...]

In a blink of an eye

Hard to believe it's been six months since my mom died; some days it feels like just minutes ago I was with her in her hospital room, trying to pry her hands off of her bed rail because they were turning purple.  Yet other days it feels like she's been gone for ages.  I have learned so much in the … [Read more...]

Meditation is Hard — But Getting Softer

I have dabbled in meditation here and there over the years but it wasn't until this past February that I found myself sitting in the local buddhist temple, which is a strikingly peaceful oasis to sit and soak in the silence.  And to begin my foray back into mediation.  These Buddhist Monks hail from … [Read more...]