Last month I tried meditating. The kind where you sit in a quiet place and repeat a mantra. It didn’t go so well. Maybe I was a little too desperate for it to work, or maybe it was because my brain likes to tell stories and refute mantras in quiet moments. Either way it was kind of like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach while watching and waiting for a pot of water to boil. I… Read more »

Honestly, I hesitated over the word fun in my blog title. Like lots of people (who aren’t kids) I’m kind of done with winter. But we’ve got another snow day here in central Virginia. And just as nature teased us with some thaw. I decided not to wear my boots this day. Soaked my sneakers and socks. I was just a tad too optimistic. But I have been finding some fun (I am, a kid at heart, I suppose). A… Read more »

Meet my new guru!   We met last weekend at Crabtree Falls in George Washington National Forest.   Just in time, because tomorrow marks the summer solstice here in the Northern hemisphere. For me, June has always meant it’s time to slow down a bit. Maybe because the majority of my years have been defined by school and summer break. I realized today, that there’s only been a handful of summers that were not sandwiched between school years (either for… Read more »