The Story of Your Life

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

~ Phillip Pullman ~

Story is a powerful force. It has come to us through the millenia. It has carried us through time. From the first cave woman who pressed her hand against a cave wall to tell the story of her presence, to the over 1750,000 blogs that are started every day, we are a story-tellling people.

I am a trusting woman

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.

~ Walter Anderson ~

One of the core processes of the Choices week happens on Friday afternoon when the trainees stand in their small circles and explore the question, “What do I want more of in my life?” to come up with their Contract word.

A Dog's Guide To Life

The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.

~ Bayard Joseph Taylor ~

It took but a moment for Ellie the Wonder Pooch to wriggle her way into our hearts. It will take eternity to erase her footprints.

Thank-you - by Alexis McDonald

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France ~

It has been a challenging and a sad week. Last Monday, I lost my wonder pooch, Ellie, who journeyed beside me through some of the most difficult days of my life. She was my ballast, my strength, my companion and I miss her.

Dream big. Live large. Be inspired.

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

~ Mitch Albom ~

What's the worst that could happen?

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

I have been exploring. Creating. Playing.

Can I Have a Hug?

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.

~ Leo Buscaglia ~

She wanted more hugs in her life but didn't know where to get them. She lives alone. Drives a milk truck and is always alone. Where to find hugs?

How to Love. Forgive. And Live.

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

~ John W. Gardner ~

I love the month of May! Eleven years ago this month on May 21st, I was released from a relationship that was killing me. At 9:14 am two RCMP officers walked into a room where I had been hiding out with the man ho had promised to love me "'til death do us part" and was taking the death part way too seriously, and arrested him.

It was a miracle.

If I knew then

The life you live is the lesson you teach.

~ Author unknown ~

A friend asked me awhile ago to join her and other women in creating a book of wisdom for a niece who is turning 13. Of course, I want to participate, I told her. And promptly got busy on the many other things on my plate.

But it has been sitting in a corner of my mind. The wondering of what would I tell my 13-year-old self about life, love, living? What wisdom do I most want to share to inform her journey?

Choose to laugh. Mistakes hurt less that way.

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

~ William Arthur Ward ~

I am up to my elbows in a big black garbage bag, my hands sheathed in latex gloves as I sift through the coffee doused contents of the bag searching for the small strips of paper I need to save. Ellie, oblivious to my frenzy, is sleeping in the sun at the foot of the deck.

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