Following My Passion

Peace from Panic

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Last weekend I tried something new, something that pulled me out of my comfort zone. I was the moderator of an author panel — and it was awesome.

Five months ago, I was asked to take on the role. The panel discussion was to be part of Pasadena Mental Health Day, a community event to raise awareness of mental health. The authors and I would discuss their Young Adult fiction books, all of which have a theme of mental illness.

Even though I didn’t know exactly what a moderator was supposed to do, I immediately said yes. As a writer and mental health advocate, I was intrigued. I’m passionate about speaking out about mental illness, to help lessen the stigma and let people know they are not alone.

At times I second-guessed myself about taking on the position. Can I really do this? Absolutely.

Over the next few months…

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Monday Minstrel: West and East



The painting above, by Anthony van Dyck. , depicts the English King Charles 1. Painted in 1637-38 it is a political statement more than a portrait. The horse is extraordinarily muscular in the chest and neck and has an extravagantly long mane. This dun (or buckskin) horse has a tiny head relative to the rest of his body. Van Dyck was certainly capable of painting something more realistic but he chose to paint the horse like this to depict a King who was powerful and in control of his country and his people. The horse however has a look of apprehension and unease. His ears are back, his eyes wide and his nostrils flared. Perhaps he knew something of the future that the King did not. Ten years after this painting was done King Charles 1 was beheaded by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

The painting below is…

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One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Au Revoir

But I Smile Anyway...

“I’ll be back.”- (Arnie &) Ritu

It’s come, Peeps.

I am so exhausted at the moment, I think the time is ripe for me to take that blogging break I have always mentioned.

I’ll still read some posts.

I’ll answer comments.

I may even post intermittently, and Spidey will still be around on Sundays.

But I think I am on a ‘no-challenge’ break for a little while, until I feel refreshed, and I have managed to sort my rewrite out.

Hate to leave you challengers, but sometimes it just has to be done!

So, excuse my absence Ronovan, Colleen, Linda, Sue, and Charli, for a little while, as I recharge my blog batteries!

Peace out Peeps! I’ll still be around, but I’ll be quieter, then I’ll BE BACK!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.


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Quote challenge. Day 3 of 3.

One day at a time...

Again, thanks to Novus and The Irish Procrastinator for this 3 day challenge nomination. It got my creative juices flowing with the personalized quotes of mine.


My quote: “Learn to take care of yourself.

  • It will help with your mental state.
  • You cannot take care of someone else if you do not even know how to take care of yourself.
  • You will have at least one person to count on.”

Famous person’s quote:

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Stay golden,



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Time To Stop Letting Fear Hold Me Back

Reclaiming HOPE

Photo of jail bars with text overlay Time To Stop Letting Fear Hold Me Back

Last Tuesday, I woke up not feeling so great. There’s nothing unusual about that, but on this particular day, I had a lunch date with my new neighbor. She had heard from my husband that my birthday was coming up and had very generously invited me to lunch. She was picking me up at 11:45, and here I was feeling like crap. I already some concerns:  would we have anything to talk about? (I don’t know her very well), would my hips do okay with whatever chairs we would be sitting in? (I can’t sit on hard chairs for very long or my hip bones flare up and I’m incapacitated for days), how far would I have to ride with her? (I don’t do well riding with other people), and now, I was feeling worse than usual on top of all this. Nerves started taking over, but I didn’t want…

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Tasted Years

Issues from the Heart

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Often times the trajectory for our life’s goals seems to be offset by unplanned ‘life activities”, such s the dissolution of a marriage, losing a job, having a baby, losing a loved one, developing health issues, etc.  These breaks in our advancement often leave us in a state of contemplation, wondering whether or not we had made the right decision and how can we progress from where we find ourselves.  In the midst of reflecting despair set in as we feel like moving forward is impossible and the vision of progress has been shattered.  If we should muster the courage to take steps towards moving forward we are often faced with roadblocks which further reinforces our insecurities of how irrelevant we are.  Although these vulnerabilities are as thick as the Jericho wall we must never forget that these walls came tumbling down by the power of God.

As a believer, we…

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 6: The End) – Over The Andes

Before heading back to Havana for one last taste of the city and our departure from the island, we will spend a day in Santa Clara. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 …

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