Define Success.

Success is something I never thought I cared for. I didn’t ever feel particularly motivated by money, or to “climb the ladder” or to “join in the rat race.” Perhaps it was growing up on a hippie island, or having 90’s media examples of so-called successful people looking so miserable, or a combination of both….

In Absentia

Do you ever notice something, only when it’s gone? That happened for me, in the presence (or absence, really) of chronic pain.


Gazing into the river of life, what do you see? Rushing waters, or a calm flow? Gaze inwards. Do you see obstacles here, or inner calm? Stop reaching for higher heights. Even the tallest tree will break if it stands alone. Instead, reach inwards. Seek to calm the rapids in your heart, and in turn…

It’s Time for Self-Care

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. A lot. Big things, things that won’t just go away no matter how much we try to just look the other way, bury our heads in the sand, and ignore them. These things will keep on happening, and it’s up to us to step up…


Take a deep breath, and on the exhale, see with your mind’s eye. Let yourself be transported here, as you open your eyes on this little island I call home. No, not tropical. This is an island in the Pacific Northwest, off the coast of Vancouver Island. Tall, ancient Douglas Fir trees tower above you, their boughs creaking softly in the wind.

Divine Logic?

This Gemini season, I have committed to sharing more of my views and stories. A little something every day. Today’s story comes from my “dark night of the soul,” not that I had heard of such a thing at the time. It’s certainly not something anyone should desire or aspire to, to n my opinion….

Let Your Creativity Shine

How do you let your creativity shine? Do you play with plants in your spare time? Doodle? Cook, or bake? Find time to let yourself shine!

Grateful Getaway

A weekend away. Breathing. Another trip around the sun. Rain. Bamboo. So, so much bamboo. Shelter. Rivers. Waterfalls. A monkey in the morning. Fresh air. Escape. Freedom. So, so much green. Sinking into the forest… And then, Bam. Back to the city. Goodbye clean air. Hello air pollution Light pollution Noise pollution. Grateful for the…

New Roads, New Lenses

Inspired by my frequent choice to have a getaway, a little trip, for my birthday. No parties, no dinners, no events. Just me, Dave, and a little adventure! Perhaps maturity is the coming back, the returning to self. As children we learn from those who came before us. We learn to see the world through…

Into The Mountains

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”~John Muir, 1873 It’s been a very long time since I’ve been in the mountains. Really, really up in the mountains. A few years ago, I spent most of my summer travelling hither and thither (what a phrase!) up into Taiwan’s high mountain ranges.•But life has a way…