My grandmother was a major influence in my life. Loved her dearly. She married quite young, perhaps about 16 years old. She grew up on an island in the Mississippi River. Life was not easy. My grandpa loved her with all his heart but he was a bit of a mad genius. Their love story [...]

I have a very obnoxious Critic inside of me. He likes very little of what I say, sing, or write. He is a real ass, if I say so myself. I also have a very strong tendency to rebel against normalcy for the sake of conformity. My Critic loves, no, he adores the status quo. [...]

I really like what we are doing with this five acres out in the valley. The mums get very large very quickly out here. These were quite small last fall. Putting in some evergreens to remind us of our former home. They are next to the horse arena. Put in some sycamore trees for shade [...]

At my heaviest, I weighed 272 pounds. Perhaps, I was wider than taller at that point. I dropped to 260 and then stayed there for years. Just before the fire, I got down to 254, but right after the fire I went back up to 266. When I entered the hospital last year for emergency [...]

"Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wresled in vain." Carl Jung, The Transcendent Function in Collected Works Vol 8 Although, I often seem to have good insights into others and their problems. I can be completely blind to my own issues. When faced with a feeling of [...]

My mother and father divorced when I was a year old or so and I went to live with my 18 year old mother, where she grew up, in Yosemite at the 'Indian Village' with my great grandmother. It was just a cabin, with no bathroom, at the base of El Capitan. There were several [...]

Being at certain places make me very happy. One of those places is the western slopes and the summits of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, particularly in Lake Tahoe/Donner Lake region. I read a blog recently about what the author describes as our spiritual homelands. These are places that seem to touch our souls. We may [...]