Surrender (verb):1. to give something that is yours to someone else because you have been forced to do so or because it is necessary to do so. 2. To stop fighting and admit defeat.

After reading many definitions of surrender these above are my favorite and most fitting to my understanding and experience of surrender.  If you surrender to an experience or emotion, you stop trying to prevent or control it.  This season and indeed this whole year has been full of surrender although I called it by other […]

Reflection- 1. the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat or sound. 2. serious thought or consideration

  Today is my 15-month sober anniversary it is also the Autumnal Equinox when we start the subtle shift, (at least in my neighborhood) from sultry summer to cool fall.  When we trade tank tops for flannel shirts and look forward to the local apple harvest.  15 months ago I couldn’t imagine much of anything, […]


444 days ago I did the most amazing thing I stopped drinking alcohol.  It had become the bane of my existence, stealing time energy  and acting like it was more important than anything else. It was clouding my mind and clouding my judgment. It was making me feel sick all the time. Over the years […]

Season:each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth’s changing position with regard to the sun

One of the things I missed the most living in California for 18 years was the changing seasons. There is something about the land and landscape of my childhood that is imprinted on my spirit. Walking through the woods in rural Ohio brings a feeling of the familiar in the trees and wild flowers. Celebrating […]