Springing to Life

Spring has finally arrived on the west coast - cherry blossoms line the streets with their pink canopies, bright green shoots are pushing their way through the rich soil, it’s an awakening for the earth and my body. The damp chill winter was an orbiting repetition of flares and fatigue, and it was only when... Continue Reading →

The Best Gifts

On Christmas Eve day, the wild hectic energy of the city fell into calm, swallowed up by the snow-lined boulevards. Jack Frost added an extra nip in the air, and families settled into their homes for a quiet evening before the flood of friends and relatives. The sapphire skies of the past several days disappeared... Continue Reading →

Dancing with the Ripples

A cloudless blue sky looms over the tepid waters of the pool - a light breeze brushes the leaves, startling them into whispered conversation. The liquid glass surface shimmers beneath the sunlight, rippling gently against the pool’s edge. The days of summer stretch out ahead of me, sparkling like the ginger bubbles in a glass... Continue Reading →

Stepping Stones

I have always moved. I danced, I hiked, I jogged, and I walked. I was enthralled with the muscular flexibility of my body. I reveled in my aptitude and strength. I found music in the way I moved. RA changed all of that, switching my rhythm to an unwanted cadence. The graceful unfettered flow of... Continue Reading →

Wanted: A Spring in my Step

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and the only green thing I drank was tea and the only party that went on was RA. The dreary clouds outside my window did little to boost my spirits. Old Man Winter had laid down roots and extended an invitation to the north wind, transforming our lush... Continue Reading →

Twists and Turns

What is that saying? When it rains it pours? Never truer than in our misty coastal city, where winters consist of a string of overcast days dripping with Mother Nature’s tears. This winter, our mild climate was usurped by an unusual bout of bitter arctic air transforming our rain-soaked days into blasts of mini-snowstorms. Our... Continue Reading →

No More Summertime Blues

It’s the time of year when the smell of coconut sunscreen perfumes the air, pants and shirts are replaced with tank tops and shorts, kids linger on the streets long after twilight, and people fall to the charms of a red sun sinking beyond the water’s edge. Everything slows, allowing us to hear the drone... Continue Reading →

#Appreciation

Hundreds of people flowed through the narrow lanes of a local seaside market, bursting with buskers, art and variable visual enchantments. The soulful sound of jazz penetrates the air. People are dancing, a myriad of scents pour from the food trucks and cafes, awakening a wanton grumbling in my stomach. I am sitting on the... Continue Reading →

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