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Culture connects us all…

Roasting green chile for those of us in Northern New Mexico is as much of a fall ritual as prepping for the holidays.  The other night, I felt like roasting some, and even though it wasn’t Hatch chile, I felt like I was part of something far bigger than myself…. That’s the power of simple… Continue reading Culture connects us all…

Writing · Addiction Education · Creative Writing · substance abuse treatment · addiction recovery · Photography

All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it.  Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could.  I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

mental health · Photography · Writing

Sometimes, we all need a change in perspective…

It’s quite a feeling to realize that I’m both insignificant, yet a part of something much bigger.  Standing on a hilltop and watching a sunset turn a whole valley fire-orange brought me a sense of peace.  My goal in climbing the hill was to capture something, although I wasn’t sure for what it was I… Continue reading Sometimes, we all need a change in perspective…

Creative Writing · Photography · Positive energy · reflective journaling · religion and spirituality

The meaning and myth of the Sunflower (and why it matters)

Sunflowers rock.   I think it’s awesome that when they’re “new” they stretch and re-position themselves to always face the sun; however, when they’re approaching their demise, they no longer do.  The myth behind the sunflower is that a nymph named Clytie was in love with the sun god, Apollo.  He loved Clytie, but soon turned… Continue reading The meaning and myth of the Sunflower (and why it matters)

Photography · project management · Writing

First the iOS app — then the importance of project management

So — after 3 years, I’ve finally jumped out of the dark ages and gotten myself “connected!”  It would appear that someone who’s spent his life building software would have been the first to grab a smart device and blog from anywhere, anytime.  But I didn’t — instead, I prefer to write with a pen… Continue reading First the iOS app — then the importance of project management

Creative Writing · Photography

Horses telling a sad story…

I saw these horses on the way home today and they seemed so sad behind the barbed wire.  In this series of three pictures, They seemed to be saying in the first (as one horse nuzzled into the other), “I wish we could get the hell out of this barbed wire and run freely.” For… Continue reading Horses telling a sad story…

addiction treatment · Creative Writing · Photography

Addiction robs authentic relationships

With a cool breeze in my face and the wind carrying the church bell’s song, I let feelings rise inside of me.  Doubt crept into my mind: What if I’m just not good enough to “make it” as a writer? Fear rose like a sea monster from the depths: What if I can’t get enough… Continue reading Addiction robs authentic relationships