Sunday Night Check-In: Hiking in Muskegon State Park

Believe it or not, we got 3 inches of snow last night. I woke up this morning, and even though there was a dusting of snow left on the ground, the sun was out. I packed up Ashok, some snacks and headed north. I couldn’t decide initially if I wanted to do some dunes hiking […]

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Dreaming of a Place

If I could dream myself to any place I’d like to be, I’d love to open my eyes looking down on the shore of Lake Superior from the Pictured Rocks limestone cliffs. It would still be quite chilly so bugs would not be an issue. And since I’m dreaming I’d bring Ashok so she could […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Eh… Not so Good Today

I’m tired, depressed and don’t feel very well today. I’ve taken care of myself though. I know that this, too, shall pass. So, I did my exercise, ate healthy, baked some bread and made some homemade soup. I took a long nap and meditated three times just because I hoped it would shift me out […]

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On the Shores of Gitche Gumee

I’m not sure when I first learned of the Pictured Rocks. I’m quite sure I didn’t know it was in Michigan. Michigan, was, to me, the land of auto-makers, industrial plants and a burned-out Detroit. But I do remember seeing a picture of the magnificent sandstone cliffs at some point in my life and longing […]

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An Excellent Plan B

My long run…. My weekend did not work out as planned. I wanted to go to a bonfire Saturday night, so I did my long run Saturday morning. I was exhausted, as usual, but I took a long nap to get ready for a late night out. About 5 PM I got an email with […]

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Going longer… Getting stronger….

This weekend had a little bit of everything in it. I spent Friday evening with friends at two different art exhibit openings, Saturday with my spiritual community and Sunday out in nature. I even got a chance to cook some nice meals for myself and get enough sleep. While my house is not spic ‘n […]

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Don’t Be a Pantywaist

I woke up really emotional this morning. Perhaps I’ve been affected by spending several days in the woods. Maybe it’s the coffee I drank yesterday. Or it could be the releasing of all the stress of the last few weeks and finally relaxing my guard. It doesn’t really matter. All I know is that I […]

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Hiking in Newaygo and Coffeehouse #8: The Bitter End

Ahhhhhh…. finally. I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting. Today it was warm enough and dry enough to get out for a long hike on the North Country Trail. Yes, I can hike around for a an hour or two with my dog in the snow, but I was looking forward to a day warm […]

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Coffeehouse #6: Play Date in Muskegon

Tomorrow it will be 55 degrees and raining. The snow will disappear like whipped cream in my mocha. I decided I’d best pack up my girl and head into the woods before it was all gone. We’ll probably get more, but you never know. Better to strike while the iron is hot, I always say. […]

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Sundays in Sawyer: Dancing With Darkness

It was dark when I left out this morning at 8 AM. Christmas lights sparkled red and green against the soft luminescent snow. The Winter Solstice is this week – Thursday to be exact. I love Solstice celebrations. When I think of the significance of lightness and darkness in our lives, it makes sense to […]

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