Ocean Power

As the boat slapped the waves, I looked across the ocean. The mist from the waves against the side sprayed my face. The large ones brought us up high, and dropped us hard. I felt my body react with fear when my belly lifted into free fall. I've always connected to water in a unique... Continue Reading →

Silver Skyline

The silvery waves roll with power The horizon is a fine line of soft grays touching water and sky With each wave tip, a shadow breaks the skyline Their curved backs appear, mimicking a dark crest They swim against the current with a gentle strength They tease us with their beauty, leaving us wanting more... Continue Reading →

The Big One

I couldn't take it anymore. My back refused to cooperate after restarting a workout routine. I went for a massage. Not the nice kind when you relax and drift off to sleep, but rather, the sports kind that hurts in a good way. He touched my back and felt what I felt. A knot, tucked... Continue Reading →

First Day

I met them today. Not all of them, of course Mostly their parents, as they stood back shyly Talked more with their siblings, young and chatty I met them. My students arrived. I will guide them in learning, help them find answers to their questions, and be one of the most important adults in their... Continue Reading →

Before Our Trek

Before the sweet victory of coffee Before the first boat left San Pedro Before Venus sat over the lake Before the rain and beers went down hard Before the creek filled shoes with cool water, or ran by tempting the dry boots on rocks Before we looked back and saw how far we came Before... Continue Reading →

In Nature’s Arms

A marathon over mountains eight meals shared seven creeks crossed strangers turned friends The sharp edge of nature rubbed my ends raw drained my last ounce my strength come and gone A glimpse of the divine in her moss in her sunbeams in her starlight An overwhelming quiet washing over bringing rest step after step... Continue Reading →

Pieces of Home

I. The orange sun descending, nestling its sleepy head into the curves of the earth. The plains dusted with pink haze. The sky kisses one corner then stretches to meet the sun just before it departs. The day ends as our time here arrives. II. The same dust collects on the shampoo bottle left in... Continue Reading →

29 to 30

29 This year: The best is in the past. The highs and lows are the excitement. What is to come? The unknown. I have no fear of what's behind me, of what's comfortable. Letting go? I am too young and scared. I can't be Ready to turn another year. 30 Ready to turn another year!... Continue Reading →

Goodbye 20’s!

Dear 20's, Goodbye! Wow you were a lot of fun. What a roller coaster! I remember being in college, living life young and silly. Lots of drinking, making mistakes, making and losing friends and love interests, and also working hard. Those first couple years were WILD. Things did not settle down on cruise ships. I... Continue Reading →

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