Cultivating a Balanced Life— some thoughts on 2018

Without being too wordy and lengthy, here are some books, new discoveries and old projects that helped me along the way during 2018. With three kids in various stages of life, a busy traveling hubby, substitute teaching, starting graduate school, and two dear pets– Life is FULL. 🌱But there was no time like the present…

Fayetteville, Arkansas… Off the Beaten Path-Part 1

Growing up in Fayetteville, I had an adventurous childhood. Building tree houses and playing sports outside with the neighborhood kids was always fun, but the best weekends were spent in the nearby woods, rivers, lakes, and on the trail.  While Fayetteville is known for the Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas, there is so much…

Family Hiking & Rock Climbing

Boulder, Colorado, in the summer is a fantastic place for a family vacation.  The nearly vertical rock faces of the Flatirons seem to watch over the Boulder valley and beckon people to be active outside. The cooler, drier temperatures in the Rockies make it easier to get outside.  The activities range from rock climbing and…

Fayetteville Farmers’ Market

Where can you find friendly dogs, fresh squeezed lemon-aid, beautiful cut flowers, boutique shops, and banjo players?  The Fayetteville, Arkansas, Farmers’ Market on the downtown Fayetteville square.  This is a wonderful family destination that provides something for everyone.  It is a great way to start the day on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Walking around…

Floating the Buffalo River

My mom Margo and brother Andy share the paddling responsibility (picture taken in 1976). It’s Canoeing Season…!  As a child and teenager growing up in NW Arkansas, the months of April, May, and June always filled me with a sense of adventure.  As the Dogwood trees budded out, spring flowers popped up, and rains flooded…

National Parks Centennial Year

“There is nothing so American as our national parks.  The scenery and wildlife are native.  The fundamental idea behind the parks is native.  It is, in brief, the country belongs to the people.”           –President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936 Check out http://www.nationalparks.org for information on America’s 400 parks! NBC’s Today show has…

Seeking Balance

(Above pictures: balancing stones along English Bay in Vancouver, Canada.  My son Ben practicing his Karate Kid pose along the shore of Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park) My family has lived in McKinney, Texas (on the northern edge of the Dallas Metroplex) for 17 years.  The population was around 50,000 people when my husband…