Does life balance mean giving up my passion?

Zion Shadow

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.  ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 I’m dealing with a personal struggle. Sometimes a commitment to caring for ourselves means important things fall through […]






Blogger seeks a balanced life and finds a new destination

Sunrise on the Rogue River

The world can not be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey…very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be home. ~ Wendell Berry Is your life so busy it’s out of balance? Harder question, […]






Tough facts about the journey to find happiness

A thoughtful moment

“I want your life,” he said. “It wasn’t always so good and the road to this place wasn’t easy,” I responded. When I woke this morning, I was excited. Today is another day of living the life that I designed, planned, and worked very hard to achieve. I’m not special, others inspired and set an […]






My journey toward a life worth living: A challenging move

The Active Explorer at the Utah state line

Warning…. I’m about to get personal, so if that irks you, it’s time to sign off. This post is about the challenges surrounding my recent move, and all of the support that made it all come together in the end.   First an apology. The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging […]






It just got real….I’m moving!

Box of Trail Maps and Guides

It just got real… I wasn’t sure when the right time would be to make this announcement. But when I loaded all of my trail maps and hiking guides into a box and scheduled a POD for delivery to my driveway late next month, it seemed like a good time to share that I’m moving. […]