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100 days of Should: Building Toward a Leap?

Here’s a confession: the Should has been muffled lately. I’ve been crazy busy – new clients, old clients, trying to get Cogh and The Machine (my current book) prepped for Amazon, along with new cover art, keeping up with kids, Jen – even the dog. Life...

100 Days of Should: Musings on Harry Potter, Art and Hope

I think my favorite scene in Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows pt 2 is when the battle’s over. Harry’s met Hagrid, and walked through the battle-weary survivors. Everyone’s bloodied and exhausted but, despite the massive events which have just taken place, and though...

100 Days of Should: Thoughts on Day One

Turns out that this is going to take some effort. Day One was an interesting day. I went out with the best of intentions, and the excitement that one always feels when embarking on something new. But what had consumed me in the morning quickly became diluted by the...

A Corner Piece of the Happiness Puzzle

I like to grow pumpkins. I used to grow them every year, but over the past few years, it’s been hard to find the time. Why pumpkins? My daughters ask me that too – and I don’t really know. They’re kind of fun to watch grow, I guess, and the big...

Trying Hard But Not Growing? Maybe This is Why.

We’ve got a small koi pond in the back of our house, just off our deck. It’s modest, but pretty, and a good place to sit and think. There’s a waterfall, and heavy rocks around the sides that keep the liner in place. There are lots of plants –...