Summer in the Country

While I fully admit I am not a fan of all the heat and humidity that summer brings, I do love the beauty that grows in nature. And here in the south we’re especially blessed in the wild. Enjoy.

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White Wild Daisies


Blackberry Blooms

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Yellow Wild Daisies


Hedge Bush





Writing and Business Goals for June 2018

June 2018 Goals

Hello everyone!

Though I freely admit the time I took away from blogging, social media, and writing was unquestionably needed to put myself back in balance, I am truly happy to have returned and ready for June goal setting.

Since the publishing company I used went out of business (please see prior post for explanation), my main focus for June is completing everything necessary to get Have Spirit Will Travel back on Amazon by the end of this year.

June Goals:

  1. Complete all front and back matter for the new edition of Have Spirit Will Travel
  2. Write a short story about Skyler’s youth, which will be free to everyone who purchases book one
  3. Edit the first chapter of book two to be included as a teaser in book one
  4. Write chapter 6 of book two
  5. Name book two
  6. Read three books

If you set your own goals, I’d love to know what they are.

Happy June!



New Edition Coming Soon


New Edition Available

 If you have recently searched for my book with no success, it is because the company I worked with to publish Have Spirit Will Travel has gone out of business, causing it to be temporarily unavailable. I have taken this time to re-work both the front and back end edits, as well as create freebies for you lovely readers via links directly from the book. I plan to have it updated and back on sale no later than Dec. 31, 2018.

In addition, in case you’ve noticed my absence over the past few months (gasp!),  I want to assure  you that I will return to this blog in full force on June 1, 2018. Please join me as I share my (sometimes overly optimistic) monthly goals, author quotes and inspiration, delightfully silly shit, peeks into my sweet country life, and much more.

Thank you for your patience and support!


Advice From A Tree

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I often read this poem, savoring each line like a bite of luscious chocolate silk pie, whenever my resilience wanes. For it gently nudges me from my wearisome daily existence and self imposed tensions, asking that I remember, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so poignantly stated, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Below is the poem in it’s entirety, written by the gifted Ilan Shamir, author, artist, storyteller, environmentalist, and avid nature lover. In short, my kind of guy. Enjoy!nature-2871653_1920


Advice From a Tree

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

                               -Ilan Shamir

May you feel peace on this day,



Free Printable Social Media Trackers

Free Social Media Tracker

I like to keep track of my stats, and can never get my passwords in one place. As I couldn’t find anything I really liked online, (and I enjoy making pretty pictures,) I went ahead and made my own.

If you like them, please feel free to download them for yourself.  As a disclosure, I must tell you that I tried a million and one ways to save these docs so they would print the very bottom of the page where my name is, and can’t get it to work. So if you don’t mind the bottom 1/2″ missing, carry on with your bad self.

Social Media Content (1)

Download link – Social Media Weekly Tracker


Social Media Content

Download link – Social Media Stats


Social Media Content (2)

Download link – Password List

Happy tracking!