This week is Riley’s Birthday. He always gets a few new toys to replace the ones that have been destroyed. But he has a few favorites that he takes care of and have actually lasted a while. If your dog loves toys, we share Riley’s Favorites The Snake by Leaps & Bounds We have no idea why this snake is one of Riley’s favorite things. But he takes it with… Read More »Dog Toys For Dogs Who Love To Chew
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Pet owners are loving the positive effects of CBD on their dogs. CBD or Cannabidiol is a Cannabinoid derived from cannabis plant (also known as marijuana) that does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD will NOT get your dog high.CBD is available for pets in both tinctures and treats.
“Riley Stop Licking!” That’s one of the most common things said in our home since our dog Riley came into our lives. All dogs lick, but sometimes the licking can actually mean something else is underlying and needs attention. Wynter, our older dog, is more catlike in her grooming. Her fur is easy to lick clean and she’s doesn’t require a lot of grooming needs like our other dog, Riley. … Read More »Reasons Dogs Lick Excessively And Tips To Help Stop It
Summer is almost here, and many of us are venturing out to get some fresh air with our dogs. But did you know that dogs can get Lyme disease just like people? That’s why good tick protection is a must for your dogs too. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are awful for our dogs. Here are a few tips to keep them bug-free this summer! Keep Them Clean The best way… Read More »Keeping Your Dog Safe from Lyme Disease and Ticks
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) CBD for dogs can be lifesaving. But beware, just like chocolate, dogs can get very sick from THC ingestion! Dogs have abundant receptors in their brains, dogs have the highest concentration of these receptors, particularly in areas related to coordination. They also have… Read More »Warning For Dog Lovers: NO THC Products!
CBD has potent anti-bacterial properties to fight germs. Cannabidiol (or CBD) gets down deep into the gums and kills the bacteria and prevents infection. It also reduces inflammation and helps to heal the gums. CBD can also boost your dog’s immune system so their bodies can fight off other illnesses.
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Riley loves his toys. And we love doing dog toy reviews so you know what’s cool and what’s just a waste of money. Riley is a fun dog. Every day he picks out his favorite toys from his toy box and brings them… Read More »Riley’s Dog Toy Review – KONG Phatz Pig Plush Dog Toy
For the last ten years, my best friend has stood by my side through thick and thin. She stayed close while I grieved the losses, licked my face when I attempted to do yoga, and traveled around the country with me. Now she’s getting older, I have been looking to help make sure her golden years are pain-free. Since starting Wynter on CBD we have seen her health improve dramatically. … Read More »Wynter’s Review: Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats
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I love traveling on exciting expeditions with my service dog, Wynter. While we have done road trips from the East coast to the west, extended day trips, and overnights. But until recently, Wynter and I have never had the chance to fly together. I often fly with my husband and daughter, choosing to leave my service dog home on her own vacation away from the stress of air travel. But this… Read More »Flying with Service Dogs
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) The Pacific Northwest is one of the most dog friendly places in the United States. From beautiful off-leash dog parks to the hundreds of acres of trails, beaches, and city walks, dogs are a common site in the Pacific Northwest. I love traveling… Read More »It’s a Dog’s Life In the Pacific Northwest – dog friendly travel ideas
Wynter and Riley love TruDog for many reasons, but mostly because they love the taste. This week we are reviewing a few of TruDog’s delicious treats. Treat Me – Freeze-Dried SuperTreats for dogs from TruDog. TruDog sent the dogs a few of their top sellers for Wynter and Riley to give their honest opinions. To be honest, this review was a little difficult. Why? Because the dogs LOVE them and… Read More »Firefly Review: TruDog’s Treat Me Freeze Dried Dog Treats
We have another exciting review for you! This time it is for TruDog’s Fortify Me Dog Food Toppers. We know that many of you have been asking us to do more reviews for healthy pet options and we are thrilled to bring this one to you. We love your suggestions! So keep them coming! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I… Read More »Wynter’s Review- Fortify Me dog food topper from TruDog
This week we had the pleasure of trying out a fantastic dog subscription box by WagWell. For those of you who are new to subscription boxes, they are monthly delivered boxes full of treats and surprises. For our FurKids, we are very picky about what we give them. Our friends at WagWell sent us their recent organic pet subscription box to see if our picky pets would turn their noses… Read More »Riley and Wynter Test Out A WagWell Subscription Box
Today’s Chore: Cleaning the dog beds! If you have dogs then you know the life of living with dog hair and cleaning up after them. Our dogs, Riley and Wynter are going through their winter shed, and that means a TON of fur flying around. Every day we are vacuuming, dusting, and trying to keep the dog hair off our clothes and our bed. But we have a few simple… Read More »How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed
This week our Riley has been fighting an ear infection again. It’s common in long ear dogs like cockers and beagles. We have been fighting ear problems his whole life. But this time we have found the magic concoction that really kicked it fast. We have tried everything in the last few years. We have been through so many different drops and cleaners, but anytime Riley gets his ears wet,… Read More »Riley’s Ear Pain – treating with CBD and Natural Remedies
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) This week we are reviewing Trudog’s Surprise Me – Hide the Pill treats for Large dogs. Riley and Wynter were excited to do this review! Our dog, Riley, is a great dog. But sadly, he was born with a lot of complications. So… Read More »Review – Trudog’s Surprise Me Pill Treats Without The Junk
Not sure if it was mitzvah or madness, but I stopped today on my way back to the hotel and had a lovely conversation with a homeless woman and her dog, Hummmus. ( Yes, that’s how she wants to spell it )
This week we are trying TruDog treats. Hopefully, we will find some that she likes! Wynter is a very picky eater. In fact most of the time she picks through her food and treats to find the perfect bite and will walk away from the others. So finding treats and supplements that she will accept can be hard. Because Wynter is my best friend and I rely on her as my service… Read More »Wynter’s Review of TruDog treats
Happy Birthday Wynter! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) She’s getting older. Even though I don’t want to admit it, my sweet girl is 9 years old and even though for her breed ( Jindo- Shiba) that isn’t terribly old. She is still a “senior dog” and there are… Read More »Wynter’s Review – Trudog Free Me
It’s gift-giving time again and we rounded up some of our favorite products we have tried this year. We’ve done a lot of great product reviews. And today we are going to give you a taste of our favorites, from hot cocktail pods to relaxing nights by the fire. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Cask &… Read More »Our Favorite Products of 2020
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say I’m SORRY! So, we have some big things happening here with Dancing With Fireflies… starting with a new theme, new setups, and….. a store! Yep, we are setting up a store. I am going to be honest, this thing started off as a little idea and a few days ago it got insane. So while I learn how to work with a new… Read More »What is going on??
Meet Crysta From Dancing With Fireflies About Crysta I grew up a Southern Girl, drinking sweet tea and learning how to grow food for the table. My family instilled the values of working hard and exploring my creative side. And I hopefully have passed that down to our 5 kids and all of the many others that have called our house “home” through the years. I love to cook, garden,… Read More »Meet Crysta From Dancing With Fireflies
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Thank you for coming. Really, I want to thank you for being our readers. Many of you come week after week and share and like our posts. And today I want to ask, who are YOU and what do YOU do? I know… Read More »What Do You Want?
Every Good Farmhouse Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts I can’t believe I’m already decorating and getting ready for Valentine’s Day! But, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I want to make sure I have enough time to get everything just right.… How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed Today’s Chore: Cleaning the dog beds! If you have dogs then you know the life of living… Read More »Home
Gram gave me a chicken, brownish red and too gentle to eat. She said it would be my friend if I took care of her, talked to her in a gentle voice and kept her safe from the dog.
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I’ve been on muscle relaxers, pain killers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, liver support, thyroid meds, heart meds, and anti-anxiety meds. Western medicine hasn’t been able to help me. But CBD has changed my life and allowed me to live beyond my diagnosis. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2003 after years… Read More »How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease
Another Monday is here. I’m still in self-quarantine due to Covid-19 & my Lyme Disease and well because it’s better for the entire planet that we all stay home until it’s safe to go out again. So, I’m here, trying to gather some good thoughts and something awesome to share with all of you. I wanted to talk to you candidly, because I think that’s what we all need a… Read More »Thoughts on Covid-19 and staying home
This year, many of us are thinking about how we can celebrate Halloween a little differently than ever before. Staying home? We have a few Halloween themed activities to keep up the fun and stay safer at home. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Our children are all grown up, and some have families of their own.… Read More »How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween
Dancing With Fireflies is looking for writers to contribute articles to our blog. Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for… Read More »Guest Bloggers! We are accepting new applications
. Wow, I am exhausted and everything hurts. This week, Hubby and I packed up everything we owned, loaded up a giant truck and moved back to the East Coast. What didn’t fit into the truck or the pod was given, donated, or trashed. Hubby and our dog Riley, along with a friend, drove for 4 days across the country while Wynter and I flew. Even though I went by… Read More »Moving is a PAIN! -BioFreeze Review
Dancing With Fireflies is looking for writers to contribute articles to our blog. Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for… Read More »Guest Bloggers! We Want You!
This week Dancing with Fireflies was on the road again. I have always loved spending time out in the desert; Las Vegas was a regular get-away when I was a kid. This week I came out here again to get my creative juices flowing with new scenery and climate. I used to come and visit my Dad when I was little when he worked in the hotels. I loved coming… Read More »The Good and Bad of Las Vegas
This weekend was Mother’s Day and all around people were making social media posts about their Moms, the park was filled with BBQs and flowers for the lucky moms. And for a few minutes, I spoke with all of my children. As I had some time to reflect, I wondered where the time had gone from my children being toddlers to wondering if they would remember to call. I remember… Read More »Where has the time gone?
Finding Joy wherever you can find it. June has been very stressful. Personally, I’ve struggled with both depression and anxiety this month and had to take some personal time off to reflect. This morning I was sitting in my quiet room trying to move forward and I reached for my tea that contained CBD tincture and some herbs and I realized that this was a moment of joy and when… Read More »Sponsor Spotlight
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Spring is here, Earth Day right around the corner. We are back in Maryland this spring, building our dream house. I ache to get in the garden, to start creating something new and to watch it blossom into something beautiful. Winter is difficult… Read More »The Arrival of the Red Cardinal
There’s been a lot of talk about Lyme disease after a few celebrity voices have come forward speaking about their experiences with this complicated disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I hope that perhaps one of these celebrity voices with their money and influence will somehow have discovered something new that will actually help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click… Read More »Overcoming Lyme Disease by Taking Away Its Power.
These days everyone has a side hustle. We all want to make a little extra money for travel, going out, or doing something fun. I’ve been a blogger for many years, and I’ve found how easy it is to make some extra cash while pursuing my dream of being a writer. Working from home is how I earn money to travel, go out, and even treat myself to a massage.… Read More »10 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Cash Working From Home
The foundation has been laid and we have a basement! Watching the new house grow has been very exciting. It’s like laying down the seeds in a new garden and watching anxiously for the first blooms. I think the hardest part has been waiting for things to start moving. It seemed like once we made the move, we hoped everything would move along and we would see things coming up… Read More »The Foundation – New House Updates
I knew something was different that day. I wasn’t sure what it was, perhaps the weather was about to change again, perhaps there would be snow. Yes, that would be a welcome change from this hot and sticky air. All day I went to the window and looked out and waited for the dark skies to come and bring the fantastic feathers of cold down and soon the green sticky… Read More »Perhaps today will snow
Recently on a long flight from Seattle to Baltimore, I realized that that traveling with an introvert like myself can be a puzzle for many who might not understand the complexity of an introvert’s mind. Even though we love to travel and explore the world, we also have some special requirements in order to prevent us from just getting overwhelmed and having a breakdown. Being an introvert doesn’t mean we… Read More »7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert
I am OBSESSED with my Air Fryer. I use it every day. From tater tots to main dishes, my Air Fryer gets a lot of use. Y’all you can make everything in the Air Fryer and it’s so much healthier than fried in oil! My kids all got Air Fryers for the holidays and we have had a great time collecting recipes to try out. I’m so excited to bring… Read More »8 Easy Vegetarian Air Fryer Snack Recipes
Let’s be honest. I’m 40 something, fat, unphotogenic, and I refuse to pay for a photographer to chase me around and make me look fabulous. And I’m sick of this BS social media game. Aren’t you? Here’s the deal, I’m over trying to chase this ridiculous carrot that has been baited just over my head for the last 2 years. It’s exhausting, expensive, and unrealistic. (This post includes affiliate links.… Read More »An Honest Word About Blogging and Being an Influencer
Have you ever felt just critical, dissatisfied, or intolerant of other people? Sometimes I find myself irritable and I struggle seeing only the negative side of things. When things seem out of sync, I know I become easily annoyed by the small things. Starting to hate people? There’s help for that! – Beech essence Have you almost snapped someone’s head off for not putting the dishes in the dishwasher? Beech… Read More »Firefly Review: Bach Flower Remedies – Beech
Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Surviving Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities Food and Recipes The holiday season is fast approaching and that means you’re probably getting invitations to holiday parties left and right. For those with food sensitivities, you may be approaching these holiday parties with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. Having specific dietary requirements or allergies can be especially difficult at this time of the year… Read More »Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Surviving Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities
I love the way the warm chocolate catches the light as it cools slowly from the oven. My husband makes the best chocolate chip cookies. They are golden brown, crisp on the edges, yet still soft and perfect in the middle. My mouth always waters waiting for them to cool down as he moves them from the cookie pan to the plate. It’s a treat, this loving thing that he… Read More »I am more than a number or a cookie
When I was a kid I was a picky eater. I had a handful of things that I considered edible and anything else was left behind. No amount of begging and bargaining would get me to eat my veggies. My family tried everything to convince me that veggies were good to eat and not for feeding the dog. I, however, wasn’t convinced. I remember one evening my Gram had made… Read More »Please Pass the Peas: Chickpea Pot Pie Recipe
In the world of blogging, we all know about SEO, Social Media, and traffic. But how do new bloggers make money? The easiest way is by becoming an affiliate and earning money when people make a purchase through those links. How does it work? The first thing you need to know is that it doesn’t cost you anything to join an affiliate program. You simply need to have a blog.… Read More »5 Affiliate Programs New Bloggers Should Be Using
When I was a child, I wasn’t just quiet, I was almost silent. Conversations were held in the safe harbor of my head, rarely out loud. My heart would pound, my face redden, and I would almost faint when I was asked to speak to other people. School was a nightmare when you are “The Quiet Girl” It wasn’t just growing up with senior citizens as my adopted parents, my… Read More »How I went from “The Quiet Girl” to a Digital Storyteller
Here we are, the week many of us set aside to reclaim our wellness, take back control of our diets and bodies, and the rededication to improving our lives. Personally, I’ve struggled with the craziness of the past year and I made a promise to myself that once the stress and chaos of the holidays had passed, that I would refocus my energy into my own health and mental wellness. … Read More »Reclaiming Your Wellness
Spring is here, and it’s gardening season! I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) all winter long to start my garden. But this year, Covid-19 has made my gardening plans a little more difficult. I know I’m not alone. Don’t worry, we’ve discovered a few great options for gardening while staying home in self-quarantine to keep safe and grow a great garden. This post contains affiliate links that I make a… Read More »How To Start A Garden While In Quarantine
Hey everyone, it’s Crysta, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you and share some of my thoughts about what’s going on in the world and the Covid-19 threat. First of all, I want to thank each of you for taking the time to read my blog, for sharing your thoughts in the comments, for sharing the posts to your friends and families. It really means… Read More »A Word From DWF About The Virus and Life
2 years ago my Dad died suddenly and without warning. I found out on Facebook. He was a storyteller, a dreamer, and most of all a quiet man who loved animals. My favorite story my Dad told me- About 10 years ago Nevada was in a bad drought. There just wasn’t any rain and the coyotes out in the desert were dying. My Dad loved the coyotes, and he couldn’t… Read More »The Best Story My Dad Ever Told
I know that posts haven’t been as regular as they should be. I’ve just been a bit tired and distracted. Call it the holiday blues, the winter slow down, stress, or whatever name you want to give it. I’ve just been tired and distracted. Many of my readers know that I have Chronic Lyme Disease. I have this strong belief that the more you focus on being ill, the sicker… Read More »Holiday Stress and Lyme Disease.
Hey Everyone! We have a great new review from our friends over at Green Grove CBD. They sent us a few of their best selling products to try and we are giving you our honest reviews of each of them. All of our reviews are our own opinions and we know you appreciate that honesty. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase… Read More »Firefly Review: Green Grove CBD Does It Again!
I love Thai food. The complex combinations of tart, savory, and spice are marvelous and I could eat Thai food every day. Being a Pescatarian – a vegetarian who eats fish occasionally, Thai is an easy place to dine. Most Thai restaurants will make your dishes vegetarian with tofu easily upon request.
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Trying to incorporate more CBD into your daily life? We have a few easy ways to make sure you are getting enough CBD to improve your health and see the benefits. Skin Uses Add a few drops of pure CBD oil to your… Read More »33 Surprising New Ways To Use CBD Every day
As a child, I was bullied not only by children, but by adults. I was different because I had a very traumatic home life. This is part of my story. Every year children take their own lives, I hear their names and I cringe because I know their pain. I almost took my life several times as a young child and I share my story now so parents and educators… Read More »She didn’t know… ( My story about being bullied almost to death.)
Hey everyone! I’m back to work after taking a few weeks off to put my head back on and actually get moved into our new house. It was a crazy time, and summer is perfect for taking a blog break. I hope all of you have been taking some time for yourselves and practicing plenty of self-love. One of the things that I noticed during my break was that when… Read More »Our Summer Blog Break Is Over!
Yesterday I went back to physical therapy for my foot. I tore one of the tendons in my foot last year and I’ve been trying to get this thing fixed for a while. I’ve had shots in my feet and nothing was working. So for the last 7 weeks I’ve been going to PT to get it stretched and healed properly. Yesterday she said that she things I need to… Read More »Off my Feet
So many people, including myself, suffer through Fibromyalgia pain. The day-to-day pain can be mind-numbing and just thinking of going to the gym feels unattainable. But you can do more without having to trek to the gym to help your body to feel better and stay healthy. Today’s post comes to us from The Health Review‘s contributor and editor Debra Cochran. We know that using CBD before exercising helps to keep your… Read More »8 Gym-Free Exercises for People with Fibromyalgia
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One of the hardest things about having an invisible disease is trying to make it through the day. Some days are routine and other days there are hurdles that you have to get over. But you always have to face starting over again the next morning. There are no days off, no vacation days, no holidays off from being sick. For years I tried to forget about having Lyme. I… Read More »Lyme and Spoons
In our last post, we talked about ways to live a happier life, one of those things we suggested was to look at the relationships in your life and nurture them. But what about the ones that make you UN-happy? Now we want to share 5 types of people that you need to get rid of on your mission to joy. We love Marie Kondo. She’s freaking everywhere and… Read More »5 People To Purge With The KonMari Method
Take action today to simplify your life and your home! Today we have 100 ways you can easily simplify your life and your home. Baby steps anyone can do, and things that might be a challenge but will help you master the clutter! I know like myself, many of you have walked through your house and wondered how it has gotten so cluttered. I’m going to let you in on… Read More »100 Ways To Simplify Your Life and Home
Wrapped up in baby goodness, playgroups, and glitter, Mommies everywhere are reading the Mommy blogs and trying to absorb every ounce of useful information. “How to make my baby sleep all night” and “Will my toddler ever stop picking his nose” are key topics in those Mommy blogs. Those blogs aren’t for everyone. They are for a very select group and that time doesn’t last. Children grow up, turn to… Read More »I know what you don’t want to think about yet
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams I have never lacked creativity, in fact growing up my imaginary friends were the best ones I had. I tend to be a dreamer, and following… Read More »Focus Tips For Creatives
Dear Diary, Recently I discovered a stash of my old journals and wanted to take a little walk down memory lane, I curiously flipped through the pages of these beautiful journals and discovered… these have to be burned! I am pretty sure that if anyone read these things from start to finish, I might actually die from embarrassment. But I’m a journal keeper, and for some reason, I find it… Read More »My Old Diaries: I wasn’t expecting THIS.
Nobody prepares you for the pain.
No, not the pain of childbirth, the pain of parenting adults. When your little perfect baby has grown up with your love, wisdom, and becomes someone else… an adult.
Summer Summer in Emeryville, Ca is both friendly and elegant. Parking is easy to find and even in the evening, we didn’t have much of a wait. The ambiance is mellow and pleasant. People really love the Happy Hour from 5-7. But we came after and were seated without a reservation very quickly. The food was good, but it lacked presentation. I think the menu was nice, plenty of vegetarian… Read More »Summer Summer – Thai Eatery in Emeryville, Ca
Sometimes I need to slow down for a bit, listen to my body, understand limits are just chances to slow down and smell the flowers. I have Lyme Disease. I hate having to be held back by something so ridiculous. But, when I overdo it, recovering takes time. Last month we welcomed one of our older boys back home. It was time for him to get some new chances in… Read More »Slowing Down for Lyme Disease
When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated. We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage. We launched right into having a family, not a small one.. one cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to… Read More »In sickness and in health
Crysta Icore is a Freelance Writer, Blogger and Etsy Artist. Having written fiction for over 20 year, her expertise in writing, creative writing, fiction, and pop culture is one of her most valued skills and one she enjoys the most. Crysta and her husband, Michael have 5 incredible children ages 25-15. They currently reside in the Pacific Northwest with their dogs, Wynter and Kili and cat Apocalypse. “I don’t write because… Read More »Media
Dear Friends, I know you are my friends for many reasons and I like hanging out with all of you. You are funny and smart and sometimes you even make good food. Spending time with you and listening to your stories is fun. I like laughing with you and sharing time. Usually,I even laugh at first at your silly jokes about eating bacon. But here’s what I really think… Read More »Dear Carnivore Friends Who Like to Tease Me About Being Vegetarian,
A few years ago, my best friend and brother died tragically in an accident. I struggled to figure out how I was going to make it through such a terrible event in my life and I turned to writing as an outlet. Writing, art, music, all are healing and really helped me to leg go for a while and slip into my thoughts without them taking over my life. Grief is hard, it is… Read More »3 – looking at grief in moments of 3.
I wrote this a few years ago after my best friend and “brother” died. I just didn’t know how I was going to get through this horrible feeling called grief. I took to writing as a way of getting all of those emotions out of my head and setting them free. What I learned was that there are so many people out there trying to figure out how to cope… Read More »Tuesday
I’ll admit it. I have a hard time passing up a good challenge. I even take those quizzes that tell you who you were in a past life or what kind of dog you should own. So when I got the challenge by ladyleemanila to do the Love/Hate challenge I was both excited and trying to figure out how to add this to my list of things I needed to… Read More »The Love/Hate Challenge
When I was little my best friend was old. Not just older, she was OLD. In fact she was my best friend until I was an adult and the whole time I knew her she was old. But not old and boring, she was far from that. I mean she was from a different place in time old. I loved her so much that I adopted being old for myself. We… Read More »Old
No matter who we are, our life choices, or the number of people we are surrounded by, all of us want to know that we are not alone. We want people in our lives that know us for who we really are and love us in spite of knowing. We call those people family. It used to be that you were bound together first by blood, then by clan, and… Read More »Family by Choice
25 years ago I became a teen mother. This was not the life I expected, planned for all through my childhood, or thought would make my family proud. I was 17 years old, no boyfriend, no baby skills, and was facing a life where people looked at me like I should be ashamed of myself because I had “made a mistake” and gotten MYSELF pregnant. This is my teen pregnancy… Read More »A Word To Pregnant Teens – You Will Be Okay
Through the years I’ve told my Lyme Disease story many times. But recently a new friend of mine asked me to tell her about Lyme and my story, and I realized that maybe I should tell it again. Getting the information out and telling my story helps to bring understanding and maybe even a step closer to finding a cure for this deadly disease. How it began I was bitten… Read More »My Lyme Story
Into the Contrast It’s amazing to me to see the great contrasts of life. Where there is darkness, soft rays of sunlight break free and hope emerges. Where there is great sadness and despair joy can still be found. That is the contrast. The contrast is the stark difference in the situation. Someone once asked me how I could look back at some of the difficult times of my life… Read More »Into the Contrast
I drifted off in front of the fire. It was warm and I fell easily into dreams. I dreamed of home and simple things, chores to finish, people I love and at the top of the stairs you were there. In your special place. This doesn’t happen often anymore, not like when you first went away. I knew I was dreaming, because I knew you couldn’t be there waiting for… Read More »I had a dream and you were there.
The air is sweet, sickening sweet at times. Parts of the island never fail to make me hate being here just because of the way that it smells. But here in the Laughing Grass fields it isn’t so bad, it is almost sensual in the way that the spice mixes with the heat from the yellow sun. The warmth melts over my bare arms, now tanned with months of hunting… Read More »Reflections of Neverland
I’m not always easy, in fact I am a difficult pain in the ass. But it is who I am and something I am completely at peace with being. I see things in black and white sometimes. Not because I am a hard-ass and just want things my way, but because it is my coping mechanism for dealing with stressful situations that require an answer or a direction. Some people… Read More »Thoughts on Growing Up.
Can you just go away and give me some space? I need to think. I say that a lot. Sometimes I feel like there are just too many people in the world and it smothers me. I need to sort out all of the thoughts that are flooding into my head and make the noise go away. Why is there always so much noise? People chewing, cars going by,… Read More »Go away.. til I want you
“I have so much to do, how am I ever going to get everything done?” My own inner voice chanted as the traffic and weather cycled through the morning announcements on the radio once more. I knew I had to get up, get moving, and start to tackle the things on my list. My eyelids still swollen heavy from sleep slowly slid up and searched for light to recognize that… Read More »Morning Madness