Community Building

I was somewhere in my late 20s when I decided to BE love, joy & courage. At that point in my life I felt like I was supposed to have it all figured out (HAHAHA) or at the very least be further along than I was. Sure I had a pretty good career, had traveled…

A legacy of joy

There I was on my last night in Portland standing in the kitchen chatting away with Aunt Joan and rubbing my feet together. As I realized what I was doing I let out a laugh followed by an “oh god” then a sigh then a “my mom does this.”   Aunt Joan laughed too as she…

Community Adventure and Service

Hello lovelies, I’ve spent the last week or so settling back into home life after a weeklong adventure in Portland for the World Domination Summit (WDS), and what a week it was!!! The WDS values of Community, Adventure and Service were alive and inspiration flowed through many heartfelt conversations and connections. I had so many…

World Breastfeeding Week

Local photographer Jade Beall was featured on Instagram and they choose a picture of me breastfeeding Calliope! What a wonderful, magical way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!! Wow, wow, wow! First off, Jade is one of the reasons this desert town is so cool. The work she does on self-acceptance and love is groundbreaking. I’ve been thinking…

Midwest Summer

Hello friends! So sorry for the absence. I spent a few weeks travelling through the Midwest visiting family, celebrating a 90th birthday and enjoying small town Ohio life. While I expected to be a writing fool it turns out what I REALLY wanted to do was alternately run in the sprinklers with my baby, drink…

Snakes & Hawks & Fish Oh My!

These midsummer days are hot, hot, hot but this week we took advantage of a cooler day (97!) and headed off to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.  The museum is a real gem of Tucson and an absolute must see for anyone visiting our vibrant desert town.  The facilities are beautiful, educational and flow seamlessly.  Strolling…

Monsoons!

The monsoon season is upon us and I couldn’t be happier.  The Arizona monsoon storms are a real treat of the desert and pure, cleansing magic for this sweet soul of mine.  Rain has always energized and refreshed me and there is nothing like the howling wind, spectacular lightening and long, dark, drenching downpour of…

The Playground

One of our major current projects is building a playground for miss Calliope Quinn.  A little shade, swings, a slide and maybe even a climbing wall.  I’ve already decided I need a hammock, or what I’ve been calling a mommy perch, in the general area too.  We have no grass on the property now and…

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Our little neighborhood consists of 8 houses, two of which are occupied for only part of the year, one is basically an Air B&B, one has fairly new renters and the one next door has been empty for over a year.  That leaves yours truly and two others.  I’ve tried a time or two to…

Back to Baking

We got a pretty new oven!  Our kitchen is a joyous, cookie baking, lemonade making place to hang…and dance…and sing.  It’s also pretty darn old and in need of some serious upgrades and by upgrades I mean a complete overhaul. But please leave the giant wine fridge.  We put it where the refrigerator used to…