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”

Before you go.

Before you give up on Whitefish as it skips and morphs into some unrecognizable tourist town filled with second homes, flashy cars and Canadian merrymakers stop by Casey’s the next time the Whitefish Review has another issue release party. Listen to the authors, the poets and know that there is some there there. Text yourselfContinue reading “Before you go.”

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.”

Listen Well

Listen well though this not be Little House on The Prairie, children can be seen and heard. Be a close study of wisdom that comes from people older. They have seen more, suffered more, achieved more. Their failures do not need to be yours, but their successes can be. Be Thankful for the ability toContinue reading “Listen Well”

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”

The outside looking in.

For My Daughter in Reply to a Question We’re not going to die,we’ll find a way.We’ll breathe deeplyand eat carefully.We’ll think always on life.There’ll be no fading for you or for me.We’ll be the firstand we’ll not laugh at ourselves everand your children will be my grandchildren.Nothing will have changedexcept by addition.There’ll never be anotherContinue reading “The outside looking in.”

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”

The Future

What a difference patience, wisdom and maturity add to any situation.  This has been the summer of waiting for those first reactions to pass. There is power in letting fierce emotion blast through your consciousness and waiting for the right and true response to develop.  Caught between the poles of getting things done and gettingContinue reading “The Future”