As I watch our amazing Olympians in Rio at the 2016 summer games, I’m in awe of their commitment to the time and effort it takes to get to the highest level of competition. Winning a gold, or even a silver or bronze medal…heck just getting to the Olympics at all…means these athletes have dedicated much of their lives to reach their goals.
On April 1, I took my writing journey to the next level. I started a 12-week exercise in writing as prescribed by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. I’m told the only way to truly be a writer is to…well…write…a lot! One of my writer friends recommended Cameron’s book as a way to leap ahead as a writer. And since writing is now clearly a part of my path, it seemed like the perfect companion for the next few months. It will hold me accountable and provide a little structure to my writing. I even signed a “contract” saying I would commit and do it.
Our final two days in Dallas did not disappoint with eating and shopping in Bishop Arts District, going to the zoo, and doing a tour at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Our unplanned way of doing Spring Break did not disappoint in the Big-D. Dallas certainly delivered! Continue reading
Our Unplanned Spring Break Trek continued with new twists and turns on Day 4 as we explored Dallas guided by our mantras of “staying in the present” and “letting our trip unfold.” Team Edge clearly needed a break from each other, so the girls headed for girl stuff and the guys headed for guy stuff. Art, shopping, and nails were on me and my daughter’s wish list, while my husband and son headed to the John F. Kennedy assassination museum at the Book Bindery and the go-cart racing track (I’m sure you can guess which experience enthralled my 13-year-old son more!). Continue reading
As we moseyed south on our Unplanned Spring Break Trek, we fully expected Spring color to became more and more prevalent. Day 2 of traveling had hinted of spring with red buds and dogwoods peaking through the hills. But on Day 3, when our trek took us into Dallas and to our first adventure—the Dallas Botanical Gardens—we got to experience spring blooms in their full unadulterated glory. Continue reading
A crisp and bright morning greeted us on Day 2 of our Unplanned Spring Break Trek. The Tenkiller Lodge had done its job in giving us clean and quiet shelter for the night. But the sugary, white flour-based array of continental breakfast muffins, donuts, and cereals that awaited us did not fit my diet bill. So finding a breakfast spot was our first priority. Without much nearby, we headed south and 35 miles based on the directional and distance guidance from our popsicle sticks and dice. Continue reading
“Joy rides, voyages of discovery, surveys, wanderings, migrations and travel diaries. Is America even imaginable without the road trip, and is the trip itself imaginable without the camera that records, expresses, and promotes such journeys?
— Open Road Exhibit, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR
Ever since I blogged every day for 30 days in November 2015, I have truly become a student of the Universe and committed to being a writer. I’m in awe of what comes to view, crosses my path, and is worthy of writing about when I pay attention. Staying attuned to the magic and mystery around me usually rewards me and makes me a better writer.