Camp Widow Canada – Facing Our Grief on the Dance Floor

Submitted October 1st, 2014
By for Life, Uncategorized

A week ago I made the drive north to Toronto from my home in south central Pennsylvania.  Once north of Harrisburg, suburbia begins to fall away and my views are filled with endless miles of streams that cut through vast valleys of deciduous trees just beginning to turn to colors other than green.  It was […]

Camp Widow Canada – Facing Our Grief on the Dance Floor
October 1st, 2014 by

A week ago I made the drive north to Toronto from my home in south central Pennsylvania.  Once north of Harrisburg, suburbia begins to fall away and my views are filled with endless miles of streams that cut through vast valleys of deciduous trees just beginning to turn to colors other than green.  It was […]

Furthest Out
September 12th, 2014 by

Amongst my widowed friends I am one of the furthest out, meaning, that I’ve been widowed longer than most of the others in my grief circle of friends.  I see their struggles, I feel their pain, yet I can’t go “back there”.  On that same note, I’m at a unique place in my own grief […]

Becoming Humble
September 9th, 2014 by

 Tonight’s full moon reminded me of the small spec that I am on this earth.  This past week I studied rocks in my second week of PA Master Naturalist training and we went through the timeline of how the world was created.  I could see on paper the minuscule part that humans play in the billions […]

The Hardest Job in the World
September 3rd, 2014 by

I’ve always heard that the hardest job in the world is parenting.  Mothering in particular. I’m not a mother.  For many different reasons, I probably will  never be a mother.  But I have been a family caretaker and I believe that would be the better description of the hardest job in the world because it […]

Sacred Life
August 27th, 2014 by

I wondered what happened to him.  The neighbor that shared my balcony in the city.  Neighbors had come and gone but he became a trusted person in the building, someone that didn’t scare or worry me in spite of his tumultuous background.  But then, he was gone.  Evicted.  His belongings shoved under a tarp beneath our […]

Natural Healing
May 29th, 2014 by

Even when my lungs burn up the trail and I remember how deeply out of shape I am, I put one boot in front of the other and remind myself that this is healing in so many ways.  I know that my muscles are building, fat is melting, lung power increasing, and soul and mind […]

Seeking Solitude
March 5th, 2014 by

I moved to Montana in 2006 for many reasons. Chasing the beauty of the first thunderstorm I saw in its mountains in 2002 Finding a new path for life Exploring a different route of education Being able to make it on my own It’s only now that I discovered the other reason why I went […]

Healing Begins Outside
February 28th, 2014 by

If you want to help me heal, put me on a trail. It’s where I think best.  It used to be that writing was the best outlet for my worries, but so many things have caused me to hold back my words.  Then, I did the worst thing I could do.  After I broke my […]

Top 5 Treats of 2013
December 22nd, 2013 by

I really love online shopping.  As the UPS man found out this year, I have a much better paying job than previous years, so I had fun with that!  I realize Christmas is less than a week away, but I wanted to share with you some really wonderful quality products that I recommend. Smartwool Socks  […]

Fall Foliage Driving Tours – Lancaster/York
November 2nd, 2013 by

The forecasters lied.  TODAY is the prime day to view the Fall foliage in Lancaster County, at least from my vantage point in Northwestern Lancaster.  The oranges are extreme and brilliant, the yellows subtle with brownish tones, the reds vibrant and warm, and the browns are beginning to hit the ground.  This is my kind […]

Enola Low Grade Trail
September 1st, 2014 by

My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed biking the Enola Low Grade Trail in Manor township on the weekends.  While I dream of one day biking the entire way to the Martic township railroad trestle, where it ends until renovations are completed, today we completed over 6 miles round trip following a picnic lunch with […]

You Cannot Destroy My Safe Place
August 29th, 2014 by

“Some religious institutions and belief systems resists and distrust the suggestion that nature and spirit are related.  Suspicious of environmentalism as an ersatz religion, they perceive a creeping, cultural animism.  This belief, which runs deep in American culture, is perhaps one of the least acknowledged but most important barriers between children and nature.” ~Richard Louv […]

Standing Up
August 1st, 2014 by

I walked down there tonight.  Down to the covered bridge that will be within feet of the pipeline construction zone if the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project is approved by FERC.  I stood there, with my dog, imagining what it would look like with a 125-foot wide swatch of land is cut through this vegetation.  I […]

Pipelines Hinder Corn Crop Yields
August 1st, 2014 by

Shared with Permission from Kevin L. Brown with the Bradford County Conservation District: We are far from doing any official work on pipeline effects on crop yields.  However, I have had several calls inviting us in to look at what has already happened on several farms.  I think that you said there were some meetings […]

FERC Comment on the Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project
July 14th, 2014 by

Reference: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC Atlantic Sunrise Project Docket No. PF14-8 Atlantic Sunrise ID is PF14-8-000   My home is located within ¼ – ½ mile from the re-route that has been proposed in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster, County, by Williams Partners for the Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project.  The map details are shown […]