Rise Again: how losing my home in a fire taught me how to live

Previously, I wrote about my early years living in the woods. I purposely hadn’t told the end of the story, though. I did that because I knew it would become the focus of the story and might run the risk of overshadowing the other points I wanted to make. The end to that tale shows … Read moreRise Again: how losing my home in a fire taught me how to live

How two years of backwoods living improved my childhood

Have you ever heard a deer grunt in the middle of the night? I have. Ever taken all your water out of a creek?  I’ve done it – twice in my life.  When I was between 4 and 6, my folks tried their hand at homesteading. They saved up all their money, the old fashioned … Read moreHow two years of backwoods living improved my childhood

Embrace your Heritage – even if you are a Celtic-European Mutt like me

  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enrich your life and improve yourself while you embrace your culture and heritage? You absolutely can.  No matter who you are. Sometimes, inspiration for self improvement can be found in your own family history. I have heritage from Germany, old Czechoslovakia, France, and Austria as well as … Read moreEmbrace your Heritage – even if you are a Celtic-European Mutt like me

When you want to die…

Everyone feels despair sometimes. Everyone has felt that moment where it seems like nothing will ever improve. At those times, sometimes it’s an effort to even get up in the morning. You might not feel sad, really, or identifiably depressed. At the same time, the world seems colorless and there doesn’t seem to be any … Read moreWhen you want to die…

Decluttered: Your Life, and Your Website

I thought my art site was nearly done. Really, I did! I had the storefront working, I had all the copy edited, I had all the pictures selected. You know what they say – “Every time you edit your site (story, novel, book, whatever), you will find something.” So it was with me. I found … Read moreDecluttered: Your Life, and Your Website