May 18, 2012


And then it hits. Like a hurricane in the Bering Sea. It's energizing. The adrenalin surges. The waves crash in frothy white.  It's fast and still foreign, unrecognizable. It's change.

You're the same vessel but these are different waters. You try to navigate but you're not quite sure if something is amiss with the engine or the rudder but the steering feels different. You can't quite get your bearings. It's change.

You take a deep breath, relax your shoulders. Turn patience inward. It doesn't matter if you're 23 or 53, adjusting to new patterns, routines, information, challenges...all of it, takes a little time to absorb. It's change.

You may not feel at ease steering in these new waters, yet.  But the sun will still rise. And there's one thing you can trust; the boat will stay afloat.

May 15, 2012


The word symphony is derived from Greek συμφωνία, meaning agreement or concord of sound or concert of vocal or instrumental music, from σύμφωνος, meaning harmonious.

Or as I see it... what the delightful, quick-witted Jacques Bailly (who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a 14-year-old and is now the contest's Official Pronouncer) would say after explaining the word's etymological origins, when asked to use the word symphony in a sentence:

Symphony. Being present in each moment, fully experiencing as well as learning from life, is a participatory symphony in which we are equal parts conductor, musician, critic and audience.

May 14, 2012

by appointment only

As I was walking back to my car with my new printer cartridges, a sign in a nearby store window caught my eye.

Lessons by Appointment Only

At first glace, the sign seemed reasonable. Ask the expert at the golf shop to schedule lessons for you; they'll check their schedule and arrange time to teach you lessons.

I began laughing as I drove away. What if life was like that? No lessons given unless we ask first. Lessons will only be given when previously scheduled!

In life, we don't know what we don't know until it is pointed out! Lessons are unscheduled benefits of an open, receptive attitude toward growth.

If we had to ask for lessons, lessons would be lost on those who already think they know everything. Lessons would be lost on anyone who wants to avoid growth pains. They'd be lost on the arrogant who arrived at supreme knowledge au solitaire.

I was left to muse how thankful I am that the greatest lessons of life occur to the unwitting.

May 13, 2012

mom. love. cookies.

Mint Jubilee Cookies

there’s a universe
inside a cookie
this soft and sumptuous
pillow melting in my mouth
warming my heart to her
 this perfect little lump
of chocolate and mint
cradled in a plump circle
of perfect circumference
and identical proportion

aromas of home
saturate my senses
visions of mom
slipping cookies off spatulas
waiting for milk
and sticky fingers
finding their way
to each prize
savoring each taste
finding tears and joy
inseparably twined

here I live
never wanting to
bake these myself
always wishing that she
will tuck them away for
my journey home
the sweetness of mom
wrapped in a cookie
an eternity of love
and endearment
swirled in a moment
jubileed in my heart