My last post was about the terrible fires we were having in our area. As the holidays rolled around, we thought that we were past the worst of it. And then came the predictions of a bad rainstorm, and the serious worry about mudslides in the burned areas. We again had mandatory and voluntary evacuations … Read More
An Unforgettable Holiday Season!
For any of you who live anywhere near Santa Barbara, you know that this has not been a typical holiday season. Early in December, what has become known as the Thomas Fire began. It started quite a distance from here, but quickly spread. In a matter of days, people from Santa Paula, to Ojai, to … Read More
My Week of De-stressing and Recharging!
I really believe that, for the most part, we have a lot of power in our lives. That power comes from the everyday choices we make. Last week, I chose to take a week off from my counseling practice. I told my clients that I would be available if any emergencies came up, but otherwise … Read More
An Unexpected Joy!
This picture was taken right after lunch today. We had gone down to the boat marina in Santa Barbara to eat, and then decided to go for a walk along the breakwater. We had noticed that the clouds were getting darker as we were eating, but thought we had plenty of time before the rain … Read More
Thanksgiving, A Time to Be Grateful!
We shouldn’t need a special day to think about our blessings, but Thanksgiving does tend to turn our thoughts toward being grateful. It’s easy to do that when things are going well. But what about when we’re overwhelmed with struggles? I think that’s when remembering to count our blessings is more important than ever! Our … Read More
Learning from the Rhythm of Nature
Springtime is a wonderful time of year! It seems like there’s so much new life bursting forth all around us. Trees are leafing out. Flowers are blossoming. Baby animals are being born. It’s a great time of new beginnings! These azaleas are part of what I see when I look out my Santa Barbara office window. They’re beautiful, and … Read More