Posts Categorized: Life

New year’s resolutions and embracing mediocrity

Embracing mediocrity was a turning point for me, but New Year’s resolutions have always been a favorite flagellation. For the last twenty years and more, every New Year’s eve I’d go off by myself to review my journals from the year. The last ten years, I’d go up on the mountain, usually pitching a tent… Read more »

When your dog dies

When your dog dies, even after a long slow decline as our old girl did today, it’s a feeling not quite like any other, a unique grief. Dogs are so completely unconditionally loving that having that presence go…well, I’ve cried harder today than I have at human funerals. If you’ve read any of my books,… Read more »

Random encounter with #gratitude

I had a random encounter with gratitude today. Maui dawned cool, foggy and rainy, unusual for our island, known for depthless skies and broad vistas. Something about the weather made me sleepy and sad, filled with nostalgia for when my kids were younger and I was a hands-on mom, even those hectic years when I… Read more »

Skin offerings to the sun god: adventures with skin cancer

Skin offerings to the sun god, as I call my adventures with skin cancer, began early  for me. I was born in the sixties (before the invention of sunscreen) I grew up in Hawaii, and I had red hair—the “trifecta of doom,” as the first of my many dermatologists called it. I remember Mom, tanned and… Read more »

Olympic National Park, Day 27-28 #MikeandTobyTravels

We headed for Olympic National Park and cut our time short on Lopez Island for two reasons: 1) to distract me from getting too sad over saying goodbye to the kids, who needed to return to their lives in California as of Sunday afternoon, and 2) to get more time to see the Olympic National… Read more »