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Giant Steps

So life goes on! Each day an opportunity to move forward, one to meet new as well as ongoing challenges. Alicia’s ultimate goal is to overcome them all as she continues to look for ways to work on her physical limitations.

She would love to have a job to go out to, and with that goal in mind has made her way back to school again this fall. Alicia is also back to physical therapy as her Neurologist has helped to authorize more sessions. She continues to practice walking there as well as at home with the new walker we purchased in May.

It has been many years since Alicia’s diversion from the path of a normal day. As you can imagine her life has been frustrating, upsetting and occasionally downright discouraging, yet Alicia continues to persevere. She is a strong-willed ( I call it stubborn) young woman and we applaud and stand in awe as she continues to make major strides in her life.

We went up to Boston this past weekend and participated in the 2019 Abilities Expo there. I say participated rather than attended, as Alicia made her way to every booth and tried out many of the latest wheelchairs on hand. I saw lots of smiles and heard her say, ” This feels so easy!” or “this is my favorite!” more than a few times. It was a wonderful weekend diverting from the usual routine and taking a road trip for hope.

Alicia climbing the walls at the Expo

We never take a day for granted and are also aware that nothing is promised in life. Part of Alicia’s satisfaction, I believe, comes through the hard work required to simply make it through the day.

Are You Kidding Me?


  A year, an entire year has roared by without a word shared in this forum. Unconscionable really, was my first thought as I realized how long it has been since I dove into this passion of mine. Life is without a doubt moving quickly, but life it is, and every single minute of it is one to be reveled in.

The thought also crossed of how a stories or ideas desperate to be shared have been slowly building, anxiously waiting their moment of expression. As I sit here typing this I am wholeheartedly looking forward to getting back on the literary track. I am in the middle of writing my second book and have two others in mental queue waiting to be dealt with.

I find such joy in rummaging through the repository of thoughts, feelings and ideas that are waiting just under the surface. At odd times I feel drawn to put down what I am doing and take the time to head for the closest pad of paper. Unfortunately, or maybe not, I have a life that is full and fast moving in so many ways. So much to do, yet never enough time it would seem. My first reaction is one of frustration, but then I am aware that there is a time for all things.

I am in the middle of writing my second book and have two others in mental queue waiting to be dealt with. I look very much look forward to progressing along with each of these projects.

What are you passionate about?


It’s Probably Time

I have once again gotten the itch to jot down more than a few thoughts. I’ve also found myself musing over and over on familiar topics. In addition, have caught myself more than a few times imagining myself making my way to a quiet place to sort through my thoughts and ideas. It’s official folks, the writing bug is back!!

So, what to do? Carry on as if it’s business as usual? Continue to fight the urge that is almost screaming inside at this point? Nah, I think not.

I’m excited to say that I’ve booked 5 days at my retreat in the mountains; my best hope to get back on track.

I’ll be working on my next book…”A Year as a Gift”

If you still haven’t read my first, it is available in a variety of venues!

To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is available in 6 bookstores.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop  – 2 Green Hill Rd. Washington, CT  860-868-0525

Middlebury Consignment – 1365 Whittemore Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762

The Marion Shop at St. Mary’s Hospital – 56 Franklin St. Waterbury, CT

Mercy Center Gift Shop in Madison CT

Proclaim His Name Bookstore – 615 Highland Ave. Waterbury CT 203-573-1773

The Northshire Bookstore – 4869 Mani St. Manchester Center, VT.

To Dance in the Rain is also available for online purchase through Kindle, Nook, ibookstore, Goodreads, Kobo, Scribd, Barnes and Noble, Baker & Taylor, Flipkart, Copla, Gardiners, eSentral and Ciando. The book is very reasonably priced for ebook purchase.

It can also be purchased directly by calling Ceitinn Press directly at 860-417-9041.

I would again like to remind you that there is a 20% discount on the purchase of To Dance in the Rain for bookclubs and on multiple orders!

I am so very grateful to everyone who has joined us on our journey, as you have read To Dance in the Rain.

Writing… The Rear Seat Passenger

Although I am certainly loving life and genuinely happy spending moment after moment with those I love, it has been a tumultuous year thus far with lots of ups and downs. It struck me yesterday how my family and I have had more than a few challenges and are doing what we do very well, putting one foot in front of the other. I believe that 2016 may very well be remembered as a year that rang in with chaos but transformed into one filled with true joy and peace.(fingers crossed!)

Many of our favorite nouns (persons, places and things) have taken a back seat as we have dealt with one unforeseen circumstance after another. And yes, as you may have surmised, much of it has not been positive.

Here we are though, almost to the half way mark of the year, one that for me now signifies a new beginning. This marks the spot where I get back into writing and doing many of the other things that bring me happiness and peace. Promise fills the air as does the sunshine that is peaking through the blinds at the dawn of each new day. Life and the beauty and enjoyment of it all, is right there in front of me, in front of each of us.

It is time to get back to what we all love and cherish, back on track.

To starting-over again… Slainte!!

When the Mountains Call….

… I Listen!!!IMG_6798

Well there’s nothing like having more than a few days off to get the mental motor running and the train of thought back on track. I am happy to share that my next book is moving quickly past the idea phase. I have feelers out in all kinds of directions, gathering information as well as stories to include in this current project. So onward…

For lack of pretty much anything else to do over the past couple of months, I have gotten back into writing with a new level of passion. The less I have on my mind, it would seem, the more my mind fills with new and exciting ideas, insights and stories. Funny how that works! To be fair though, my perception of exciting is many times oh so slightly different from, ok…everyone else on the planet.

So off I ran again to my hideaway in the mountains; solitude was calling me! Interestingly enough, being entirely alone for me never brings the feeling of loneliness. There is something about being immersed in the excitement of new ideas, the formation of thoughts into stories and listening to the wisdom within as well as that surrounding me in nature that lends to an amazingly rich and exciting experience for me.

IMG_6782While basking in the solitude in the mountains of south western Vermont, I realized how I had gone there to get away from it all, but actually got more deeply in touch with all of it. I have always found this cottage to be a place of retreat. The pleasant surprise comes in the realization that the peace and wisdom gained there keeps getting better and better. Each time easier to jump into, each time taken to a new depth within.

While I love a fair number of individuals on this planet, some of my best days have been ones which have been spent entirely without any interaction with other humans. I find both states of presence equally as enriching.

There were many present moments as I needed to recharge and take my energy levels up past the full line once again. Trust me, I have been down a few quarts in recent times. Stillness has a powerful presence; it filled every corner of the cabin. It seeped into my soul and healed me body, mind and spirit.

We could also talk about the mountains, but they don’t need me explaining them to add to their splendor… they were as always, breathtaking. IMG_6752

I packed up the car once again and brought back more than a little peace and contentment.

Life is good!


( I’ll catch up to you again soon to share about what’s going on with the book)

Falling Off the Grid…. and Loving It!!

If there is anything that I would like to share with my friends, it would be an idea or situation that speaks of peace, fulfillment and joy.

the grid

Well Friends,

I am more than a little excited about:

  1. Being off the grid!
  2. Having no one within a mile or so for every hour of every day for more than a few of those
  3. For being surrounded by nature
  4. For being free to do whatever I want, when I want … and finally…
  5. For knowing that those who love and care about me are happy that I am enjoying being me!   (and, not necessarily in that order)



Will be busy writing and relaxing and writing  and loving life and writing some more !


Ahhh, Life is Good!!

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