Midnight Wild Child Gypsy Dreamer: The Middle

It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Tuning out the voices was easier than I ever imagined it to be.  I decided…

Beachy Days and Just Short of a Decade

Now that we are almost two months through surgery recovery and lifestyle changes I can report that even though it has gotten easier it has not gotten any less annoying.  I am two months sober from alcohol, tylenol, and several other medications that could have aided in my allergy fest that I had experienced earlier…

Snow Birds

I have been experiencing an extreme overwhelming feeling of insecurity and self doubt.  I guess that they are both one in the same, but I can not explain how this feeling has crept up on me or even why.  I can think of a few changes in my life that have occurred over the past few…

Wrapped up in Themselves – Part 4

Years had passed and that young 16 year old girl had found me through the advancements of social media.  She wanted to reach out to me and apologize for lying to her parents about that night.  She stated that she was too afraid to tell them that she willingly had sex and saying she was forced…

The Gypsy Series: Red Ponderosas

My house has become a maze of boxes.  Some of the stacks are taller than I am and we all find ourselves pressed up against the wall when walking down the hallways or through entrance ways into the room.  We are about 10 days out from watching a moving truck take all of our stuff away.…

The Gypsy Series: Return to the Garden State

I imagine that by now I have unlocked the front door of my new house, shared the moment  of hope with my children for a home to keep for longer than a year, while feeling a small sadness that our journey has reached a long pause.  I anticipate the overall feeling of being able to dream about growing together as…

Coffee & Crepes

Good Morning! I have coffee and crepes this wonderfully cool morning of only 76 degrees.  Yes, that is cool, I do live in the desert, but that is all about to change.  This time next week I will be sipping on to-go coffee hitting the road to my first destination on my trip to my new…

Burning Lanterns

The weekend was a bit topsy turvy.  I found myself stuck inside my head one too many times on one too many issues.  It must be the move coming up in October, plus the realization that things need to get done here before hand.  A lot of things just seemed equally good and bad, never…

Journal Excerpt: Ukraine Series

September 9th, 2013 It is cold. Ukraine offers four full seasons with cliff dropping transitions. Only a few weeks ago I was enjoying the hot impact of summer. One morning I stepped outside and it was instantly fall. The trees were still vibrantly green and the streets were littered with soft, verdant leaves that died…