To me, life is an adventure no matter what I believe or why I think I’m here. It’s the experience of living that I find interesting. Music, art, history, and the sciences fascinate me, but reading and writing will always be my favorite means of learning and communicating. Words can take me anywhere while I experience the picture they paint.
My favorite saying is, ‘Find Your Bliss!’ That’s what I’m doing as I write my Ocean Depths series. It’s fun, like reading one of my favorite novels as it unfolds before me. I want to entertain my intended audience and take them out of their world into the fantasy world I’ve created.
As for me, I enjoy nature, the ocean, my family/friends and animal friends and discovering new ideas. Educating myself and learning about different spiritual ideas is fun. I enjoy playing my Taylor guitar and Kawai grand piano. Creating a garden space around my home and being out in nature is part of my bliss
I’m concerned about our planet, her oceans and fresh water ways. Our planet can only take so much pollution, dumping of chemicals, sonar blasts in our oceans that destroy the internal organs of sea mammals, and bombs before we sicken it beyond its ability to heal. Once we’ve poisoned and abused it to point of its demise, where will we go? We can’t help but impact it, but why destroy it? We have the ability to nurture it and be respectful of it. But will we?
My hope for humanity is that we can work at finding our own bliss and be good to one another and our planet along the way no matter what belief systems we adhere too or what governments we live under. Is that simplistic? Yes, but often times the simpler an idea is, the easier it is to implement.
Life is interesting, hilarious, catastrophic, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and amazing and I’m glad to have a chance to live and learn. And I hope along the way that my journey may help someone else realize their bliss to the betterment of us all!
My mother was my best friend and my father was a hero. Sounds like a fairy tale and maybe it was. We lived across from the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach when I was a toddler, and latter on Lake Oswego where I learned how to water ski, being one of the youngest skiers on the lake. It didn’t mean I was good at it but it was fun.
We lived overseas in Israel for a short time and I swam in a large pool at the Desert Inn for several weeks before we got an apartment. I was a skinny little freckled face girl with natural curly hair pretending I was a dolphin. Just beyond the pool fence was the desert, complete with camels and Arabian horses. Their Nomadic owners lived in tents and traveled across the sands far beyond the hotel.
Junior High and High School were full of friends, singing in choirs and doing art projects. I hated math in any form, being a casualty of what was labeled ‘The New Math’. My favorite horse was Tassie Ta-cin-ca. She was a pretty little Appaloosa that I rode everywhere, even going to eat at Burgerville under the freeway viaduct. She got the lettuce.
One marriage and 4 great children later, I was middle aged and happy with a Ministry degree and Theology degree. I taught music for over 20 years and we enjoyed our ranch in Jamul with its swimming pool and all of our horses. We rode up Sycuan Peak behind our home and could see out to the ocean. As often as we could we went to the beaches in La Jolla, Coronado, and Pacific Beach over to Ocean Beach. One day as I sat on my beach towel near the Hotel Dell a big seagull stole my sack lunch.
Now I live in Arizona with Jason. When at our second home in California, I go to the ocean once a month. It’s my bliss, Triton and Callista’s too.
Becoming inspired can take on so many forms, but for me music and art have transported me to the highest heavens or taken me to the depths of despair. The power of words has often caused me to change my beliefs and the direction I was headed in life. There are so many songs, so many books, and so many pieces of art that have touched me that I couldn’t even begin to list them.
Nature has always been my cathedral. I couldn’t help but ‘worship’ its colors, its shapes, and its wildness. When I was 14 it was raining hard as I walked to school through the deep old woods of western Washington. I was soon soaked to the bone. My hair was in ringlets, my make-up was a mess, my bell bottom jeans were wet and muddy, and my shoes squeaked for the rest of the day. But it didn’t matter. I had found the wonder of magic in the wet woods, a feeling that I have never forgotten.
Life changes and we change with it or we break. I have learned how to be flexible and to work hard. I wanted to be good at whatever I tried my hand at, not that I always was, but it was my motto. And it still is.
My family and friends, my animals and the land I live on make life a beautiful adventure. Whatever happens to me in life, I want to live it well. Someday when I look back through my years of living, I know I will smile through my tears.
Ice skating next to the beach at the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island California with my husband Jason and oldest daughter in the green jacket – Felicia, at Christmas time.
‘Miss Freckles’ the black and white long horn cow and her new brown calf we named ‘Coffeebean’, along with ‘Lily’ the light colored heifer are enjoying a leisurely afternoon on the plains of Sonoita Arizona.
The horned owl on the ground next to the gate to our pool was a constant visitor to our ranch. The large population of the rabbits and mice were his meals. He was a magnificent bird.