On the Border

You will not move forward until you have come to peace with yourself. For decades I heard this, repeatedly. I had no idea what it could possibly mean. Only lately have I learned that not loving, accepting and celebrating your beauty, cause immeasurable pain. Until you love yourself, there will forever be a hole thatContinue reading “On the Border”

Step back with me, or not.

I pulled the plug on my Instagram and Facebook life. Like so many of the vices that came to me with the advent of the internet, these two in particular seemed especially adept at drilling into the very core of my anxieties, and proclivity for procrastination. Since 95 percent of the traffic to this blogContinue reading “Step back with me, or not.”

Yet we do

How many times have I been here, right along with you. My thoughts twisted into injustices and corruption, real and imagined, slights festering inside the incessant blabber of consciousness.   Oh! how do we recover? yet we do. After the fear comes silence, breath returns.    Look far, look to the horizon, past that impenetrable forest, pastContinue reading “Yet we do”

Worth so much more

I grew up in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a beautiful state, that has been graced by nature with areas of truly awe-inspiring geography.  From the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the endless ribbons of wooded mountains and valleys stretching down its spine. In 1783, Thomas Jefferson traveled to Harper’s Ferry (then Virginia) andContinue reading “Worth so much more”

Summer Ends

Tomorrow I begin my 18th year of teaching. Roughly 1,800 students can say that I attempted to teach them. I’ve grown an immeasurable amount since that first period bell rung so many years ago. Summer break has come to an end. It really came together, much accomplished, much learned and the experiences I lived throughContinue reading “Summer Ends”

Texas in August

Just a few miles west of Johnson City, Texas, is the LBJ Ranch. Then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson bought the ranch in 1951 a few years into his first US Senate term. The ranch became the center piece of LBJ’s political career, the backdrop to many visits by world leaders, national politicians and cultural icons.Continue reading “Texas in August”

Do we know what joy looks like?

Today’s reading in Ryan Holiday’s Daily Stoic dealt with recognizing joy. We often live in constant hunger for more, something we don’t currently have. Imagine that, with the blink of an eye, you have all that you desire. Would it be joyous? Bliss? What if we have already achieved joy, but desire masks the symptoms?Continue reading “Do we know what joy looks like?”

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

One of the best parts of Spring in the Flathead Valley is the slow opening of the Going To The Sun Road inside Glacier National Park. As the National Park Service works to plow and remove the snow to Logan Pass, the road is open to cyclist only. And so for roughly two months unparalleledContinue reading “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE”

Experience

Long for experience, not things.  What good are things if you have not leaned, with your back against the wall of a great city, watching the flood tide of humanity rush pass you, feeling energy from the brilliant, the brave and the demons who have walked the same streets for centuries. What good will thingsContinue reading “Experience”