It’s the Little Things

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)

Travel Diaries: Colorado Springs

I drove into Colorado Springs from the north, advancing towards the mountains. Colorado is home of the Rocky Mountains, which my eyes feasted on the entire time I was driving into town. Green hills rolled from the much taller mountains in the background. Although I passed through Denver on my way to Colorado Springs, I…

Travel Diaries: Idaho and Wyoming

Idaho Upon finding myself so close to the border of Idaho while in Salt Lake City, I couldn’t resist making the 2-hour drive to Malad City, just north of the border from Utah. I have wanted to visit Idaho ever since I met a wonderful, young American in Germany. He offered to show me the…

Travel Diaries: Salt Lake City

From Vegas, I headed back onto the I-15, driving north towards Utah. I was in Arizona for all of 30 minutes and had to drive through the Virgin River Canyon. Well, desert canyons are now my impression of Arizona. Pretty soon I was in Utah, driving through the red bluffs near St. George before heading…

Travel Diaries: Nevada

I’ve been on the road for only 3 days and I’ve already been in 5 states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Idaho! The nature I have seen thus far is so beautiful that it defies description. You can check out my pictures  at this link. I hit the desert soon after getting on the I-15…

Courageous Living

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the kind of courage it takes to fully live. It took courage to go on this 2-month cross-country, poetry-reading, picture-taking, journey-blogging road trip I just embarked on. And this wasn’t even in my plans for 2013. When I was 17, I had my life planned out until my 25th birthday….

Travel Diaries: Los Angeles

My 2-month poetry-reading tour across the U.S. kicked off last Wednesday in Los Angeles. I’d visited Los Angeles a couple of times before I finally moved and wasn’t too sure that I was going to like it. With a population of 3.8 million, it is the largest city I have lived in. I was dreading…

Men Are Delightful Creatures

I’ve written a few posts to celebrate women, so I thought it was time for another post celebrating men. Did you know that November 19th is the International Men’s Day? I found out too late, but I’ll let this piece count towards that. For this post, I got together with a group of my single,…

Fiery Love

Wow, it’s already May! The older I get, the faster time seems to go by. I have so much going on in this season of my life and I’m trying hard to keep up with it all. I’m in the middle of writing my 2nd poetry book (my first one is called The Book of…

The Pursuer

In celebration of love, I submitted the following extremely short story (140 words) for the Burning Love Contest at the MikChiks blog. Thought I’d share it with you, too. _____________ Thilo begged for English conversation lessons. Nina consented, little suspecting he was mad for her. It became evident after a month of conversations. Since he…

Becoming You

As a multifaceted creative, I’ve grappled for years with the idea of finding my voice. Often we find it hard to become the people we were meant to be because we grow up in environments that constantly compare us to each other. No two snowflakes are alike, yet no one ever says, “I like this…

Beauty is A State of Mind*

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may—light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.” ~John Constable It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, always referring to one person seeing beauty in another. I contend, however,…