My Greatest Adventure: Rafting in the Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago, I completed my greatest adventure to date. I went rafting for 7 days down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. On Day 8, I hiked up Bright Angel Trail. Here’s what  I wrote the day after completing the hike to the top of the Grand Canyon. After a 7-day rafting… Read More

10 Things I Learned Hiking to Springer Mountain

On Saturday Feb. 25, I  decided to hike to Springer Mountain with two friends. We each had full 30-pound backpacks and hiked 9 miles up 2,000 feet of elevation to spend the night on Springer Mountain, at the start of the Appalachian Trail. Even though the temperature was expected to be in the low 20s- not… Read More

For Just a Moment …….

As you look at the pictures of the sunsets and listen to the videos on the beach, imagine for just a moment, the world is still. We would listen to the waves every evening. Karla and I would have the beach to ourselves at night. We would watch the sunset and stay late into the… Read More

Fatigue Sends a Message

During my healing journey, I have spent time trying to understand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “triggers”, anxiety and panic attacks. I have learned how my body reacts and how to manage myself when PTSD triggers, and anxiety happens. I have learned that fatigue is something we all must be careful with in our professional and… Read More

What I Learned from Sprinkles

I am writing this post 24 hours after the passing of “Mr. Sprinkles.” For 17.25 years, Sprinkles was our family dog, a Bichon. He came home with us when he was 8 weeks old in 1999. Here’s some background on how I felt about getting a small fluffy house dog. In 1998, we rescued a… Read More

We All Need Someone to Just Listen to Us Sometimes

I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I’ve lived through the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including panic attacks and anxiety. I know all too well how important it is when psychological or physical “triggers” cause the panic attacks, to have someone to just listen to us and not judge us as the attack… Read More

We Might Have Battered Wings, But We Can Still Fly

I was walking around my backyard and I took this picture of a dragonfly. As I was reviewing this picture, I noticed the battered wings, yet the dragonfly could still fly. I begin to think about my journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse. I have felt battered by the trauma, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD,… Read More