I write because perhaps you will relate and smile.

Navigating the waters of motherhood and womanhood with an empty nest and a dog.

Otis Adirondack chairs

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

"This week, share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is." lo·cal ˈlōk(ə)l/ adjective 1. belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood, typically exclusively so. My heart is in the Berkshires of Massachusetts! When I was little I would sit with my grandfather and uncle in Adirondack chairs by the lake. I was only five years old, but that vision is so clearly embedded in my mind. I remember feeling very grown up as we would sit and watch the...

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Waggleview with writer Carol Cassara

The Dog Owner: Carol Cassara is a longtime writer retired from a 30-year corporate and consulting career. Besides writing, these days she’s preparing to start a business next year offering products and services to help people with cancer or chronic illness and pain heal. Her second true love is her blog, Heart-Mind-Soul at www.carolcassara.com, where she posts inspiration for creating our best lives. Her first true love is her nine-year-old maltipoo, Riley. Her husband falls in there somewhere up top,...

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  "There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel. Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet. Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting it all in- the wild and the weak: fear, fantasies, failures and success. When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your vision with despair, practice becomes simply bearing the truth. In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O= Water

"For this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water." Nothing says H2O more than a body of water. An ocean, a lake, or stream reveals all the beauty or ugliness of what water has to offer us. It’s as if it reflects your deepest thoughts, while heightening all your senses. Dancing diamonds of sunlight blind you with allurement or with discouragement. Its waves hitting the shore are a small symphony or a full out rage. Trailing...

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