Monday, May 21, 2018

Finished The Paris Wife by Paula McLaine a few nights ago. It is about Hemingway’s first wife Hadley, their romance, their life in Paris (and travelling in Europe together), their circle of friends and the ultimate demise of their marriage. It took me a while to sink into it…and to comprehend this woman Hadley with the lack of anything going on in her own life besides “Hem”.  But in the end I found myself rooting for her and appreciating her. She grew on me and so did the book. I have read and enjoyed Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, A Moveable Feast, The Garden of Eden, and some of his short stories. While I know The Paris Wife is a novel, it is fun to think about what might have been going on in Hemingway’s life as he wrote these famous stories…to get a glimpse into the backstories and imaginable impetus for his writing.  I am looking forward to re-reading A Moveable Feast (it is about this time they had together in Paris), and reading A Sun Also Rises (The Paris Wife details the time Hadley and Hemingway spent in Spain at the bull fights with their circle of friends…apparently the inspiration for Sun). Additionally, it still has me thinking about the dynamics of marriage and friendships…and the booze infused lifestyle of American writers in the early 20th century.  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day

Ahh Mother’s Day and motherhood. That’s a pic of me the night before Finn was born...eleven years ago tomorrow! I was anemic and ready for the bun to come out of the oven. I had spent the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy in that hospital room trying to be patient, keeping him safe and waiting for him. Now and forevermore, when I see an opportunity to be outside I take it. I especially love being outside with him. Yesterday, on Mother’s Day, we drove to Eagle (where it is warmer and the trails are drier)…and we rode our mountain bikes for hours.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Surfer's Stance

I know the zone you speak about
where everything's in place.
I know the zone you speak about
when triumph comes from grace.
I know the zone you speak about
It's slowed down pace, imminently pure.
I've seen it and my father's face
I want to see it more.
I've seen it in the surfer's stance
perfection to the shore.
I want to ride a wave like you
confident and secure.
               ~Santa Cruz 1992


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yoga mindset. Wake up and get rolling.


                                                                                                   ~Victoria Erickson

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Speaking to me

"You’re seeing your brother for who he was: a person who surrendered the best parts of himself to addiction, who pushed away and hurt those closest to him." ~Dear Sugars Podcast

Sunday, November 5, 2017



"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may.
 We ourselves must walk the path." ~Buddha

So then, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
What made me happy:  Time with friends and family. Skiing, travel, mountain biking, yoga, hiking and long walks with Franny. Time outside. Reading. Trips to Moab, New York, Maine, Spain and Santa Fe. Being Mom to Finn.
What I learned:  Life will test you and it will reward you. It will ebb and flow. It will overwhelm you at times. Just keep breathing. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Pick some fruit, make some jam.  Go skiing. Go to a movie. Read a book or an article.  Change your perspective. Set and then achieve that goal. Chop wood, carry water. Be a better, stronger, heathier, more educated you. Be compassionate and loving. Take time to pet your dog daily. Take time for love. Life will ask you who you are and you will answer in the way you choose to live your life. Aim to be a better friend, sibling, mother, wife, daughter, business owner, employee, person. Surround yourself with good vibes and positive people. Forgive your mistakes, but learn from them. Trust your instincts. Be kind to yourself and others. Do the things you enjoy doing and do them often. Keep moving forward, trying new things, challenging yourself and striving towards goals, but appreciate what you have, because after-all, what you have is what you have worked for.


Saturday, November 4, 2017


"If you inherently long for something, become it first. If you want gardens, become a gardener. If you want love, embody love. If you want mental stimulation, change the conversation. If you want peace, exude calmness. if you want to fill your world with artist, begin to paint. If you want to be valued, respect your own time. If you want to live ecstatically, find the ecstasy within yourself."
~Victoria Ericson

Yoga is my new passion, helping me attain new goals every day.  Helping me to be more social and feel more connected to this town. If you want more Yogis in your life, start doing yoga.