Changing Focus Blogging Challenge: Memories

Sailor and Marine

"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future." - Elie Wiesel Tomorrow, May 31st, is Memorial Day. Traditionally, this holiday is for the United States to honor and mourn its military personnel who died while serving in its Armed Forces. Perhaps this year, more than any …

Healing His story

Auschwitz

And this is why complete history must be taught, why books never burned, information not censored, cruelties not repeated... I found the artist's commentary as heart wrenching as the artwork, and a necessity for healing the self, and preserving humankind...then, now, always. His work is on one of my favorite blogs. See how it affects …

Locomotive Holidays and the Christmas Train

Santa Claus boarding a holiday decorated train

Loco Emotions Have you noticed how emotions buildup steam around the holidays, emulating a runaway train? Far reaching stressors often halt the holiday joy ride --- be it time with difficult personalities, over-spending, trying to mirror picture-perfect celebrations, too little rest, dashed hopes on a "Dear Santa List," and of course alcohol consumption (usually in …

Messages from the Brightest Stars…

Golden beams of sunshine through an autumn forest

The garden rests under November's grey skies and already freezing temps while I practice morning Qigong inside. Looking up, I notice this solitary tree glowing amidst bare woods. It reminds me of my brother, Robert --- my last living immediate family member and only sibling, who recently passed. Years ago, when one of my dogs …