artist, community, food, foodie, good, goodness, passion, restaurant, restaurateur

A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

The desire to try Smokin' Fins started with curiosity. Friends had mentioned dining there a number of times on social media. I wanted to find out what made this place interesting. I had heard the food was pretty good and the seafood was fresh. That's about all I had heard. But, that was a good… Continue reading A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

life, metamorphosis, perception, perspective

Peacing Perspective

I had the misfortune of being stuck in the same space as an individual who has spent no small amount of life embittered, angry, and frustrated. Complicating the situation was that person's thick concoction of paranoia mixed with thick webs of conspiracy theories and other untruths and a lack of self-awareness and responsibility. Actually, I… Continue reading Peacing Perspective

alone, community, feeling alone, good, goodness, life, togetherness

Never Alone

Inexplicable sadness. Despair. Tearful. Useless. Joyless. Pained. Unmotivated. Meaningless. Hopeless. Alone. We have all felt this way at one time or another. Some of us have felt stuck in a rut, in an impasse, or just plain buried. This week, we lost Kate Spade, 55, to suicide. We also lost Anthony Bourdain, 61, to suicide.… Continue reading Never Alone

butterflies, butterfly, changing, metamorphosis, painting, progress, transformation, watercolor, writing

Being True and Good to Ourselves

In the previous post, Who We Were Meant to Be, I talked about how we should be spending the first part of our lives growing, listening, and learning. We undergo changes, kind of like the  stages leading up to a butterfly. After undergoing metamorphosis, it's time to figure out who we are. Each of us… Continue reading Being True and Good to Ourselves

changing, developing, discipline, good, goodness, life, metamorphosis, progress, time, transformation

Who We’re Meant to Be

We spend our lives rushing through the mundane and cumbersome, trying to get to the “good” stuff. But what if we're only shortchanging ourselves by taking shortcuts where none should be taken? Athletes train and work hard to do well. Likewise musicians must practice diligently and consistently to play well. Cutting corners prevents people from… Continue reading Who We’re Meant to Be

art, beauty, delicious, flowers, food, good, goodness, life, photographer, photography, transformation, writer

Making Life Delicious One Bite at a Time

The daily grind can be downright frustrating, annoying, and discouraging. There's a threshold for tolerating such nonsense. Listening to others' word vomit. Inching through traffic moving no faster than a slimy snail. Doing thankless jobs and tasks. Then, it becomes too much. Yet, many of those irritations remain unavoidable. We have to put up with… Continue reading Making Life Delicious One Bite at a Time

community, good, goodness, love, people, process, transformation, writingfiction

Making Merry in Miry Muck

Life has seemed intolerable, wading through miry muck. Dealing with people's written compositions that make little sense has been painful. Pulling random words out of a hat and assembling them on a page would have fared better. At least contradictory claims wouldn't be paraded as arguments. Low expectations would be set. Maybe even a good… Continue reading Making Merry in Miry Muck