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Not All Days Are Diamonds
Using Both Sides of the Jealousy Coin
Seeking the Good In Life
Living in Full Bloom
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Not All Days Are Diamonds



Dear Fellow Travelers,

John Denver let us know years ago that “some days are diamonds, some days are stones.” None of us has only diamond days throughout life, so what do we do with the stones?

It’s difficult to plant a flower bed or vegetable garden if the ground is full of stones. We have to find a way to get rid of the stones and create a place where we can dig, plant and make certain that water will reach whatever we’re growing. In a day that we might consider a stone, we don’t have the option to toss the stone to the side or cart it off in a wheel barrow like we do when planning a garden.

Using Both Sides of the Jealousy Coin







Dear Fellow Travelers,

Have you ever been jealous of someone? (Silly question, I know.) How do you feel when you experience jealousy? Does it feel like serendipitous joy over the good fortune for the other person while still acknowledging how much you’d like to be in his or her shoes? Is it an angry, agitated sensation? Do you feel low and despondent? How do you feel about yourself when you realize you’re experiencing jealousy? Does guilt rear its ugly head ready to pounce from the shadows? Do you feel frustrated with yourself or even ashamed?

Seeking the Good In Life



Dear Fellow Travelers,

What do you see when you look at this picture?

I see life, life in all its stages and a delicate balance between sorrow and joy. I see the past, withered and gone, the present in full bloom and also the promise of future growth. To me, this is life – the reality of life. It is not the perfect fairytale picture we may have dreamed of as children nor is it the Greek tragedy we studied in school. It’s a constant flux of what we accept gladly into our lives along with those things we’d rather not receive.

Living in Full Bloom


Living in Full Bloom - Hibiscus Photo: Sherry Finney Coffman

Dear Fellow Travelers,


What’s your favorite flower? Mine is the peony. I encountered my first one face to face inMonet’s gardenin Giverny. I was literally transfixed at the sight of a group in the garden as we entered the area. It seemed like I was seeing what a flower is meant to be for the first time in my life. Peonies have luscious opulent petals and heavy blooms. My taste had always been for more delicate flowers.  It has taken me years to understand what called to me about that particular flower as I’ve purchased them for myself time and time again only to be disappointed when they were spent so quickly.

Intuitive Sacred Self-Care



sacred self-care



Dear Fellow Travelers,


Have you ever noticed what happens when a family goes on vacation with a young child and packs too much into a busy day? Toddler tantrum, we’ve all seen them – the little one’s limits are exhausted and the fit begins, stomping, crying, screaming and sometimes even thrashing around on the ground. Pushing past the intuition with the rational mind and forcing a rational decision on yourself sometimes has the same effect as pushing a toddler who is tired and hungry to take just one more ride at the amusement park before the family goes home.

Determination of the Monarch



Determination of the Monarch Photo by Sherry Finney Coffman




Dear Fellow Travelers,


If a genie popped out of a bottle today to grant you just one wish, what would it be?  I might have to choose a trip to Mexico to see the Monarchs in their winter home. I’ll never forget the moment in the filmFlight of the Butterflieswhen Dr. Fred Urquhart experiences the affirmation of a lifetime of work and study as he stands in the presence of thousands of monarchs draped over their favorite trees high in the mountains of Mexico. It had taken 40 years of committed effort on his part and many volunteers across the continent to discover the sacred place.

Are You A Resentful People Pleaser?









Dear Fellow Travelers,
Are you people pleasing yourself into an early grave? Sound a bit dramatic? Have you ever read the research on what being overly accommodating can do to your body, mind & spirit? If you do an online search for “people pleaser’s disease” you’ll find enough to keep you busy reading for a few days.

When we have a need to put other people’s desires and happiness ahead of our own we may be doing a disservice to both ourselves and them. We can all agree that being pleasant, considerate and helping others in life is a positive thing.

Kindness, Health & Happiness








Dear Fellow Travelers,

Where are you in your life experience right now, today, in this precise moment? Are you living life from a place of Joy and Freedom or is it closer to Sorrow and Struggle? We know that it is the choices we make that create our lives and when our environment shows evidence of things we don’t like, we have the power to create something different with new choices. Sometimes, however; there are things in our world over which we have no control in the moment. This is when it’s most important for us to claim the control we do have over our thoughts and actions.

Shifting the Course of the River






Dear Fellow Travelers,

Do you have the force necessary to change the course of a river? I believe you do. Months ago I saved a YouTube video from a channel calledSustainable Human. The clip told the story of a transformation that occurred in 1995 when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone Park. The deer population had increased to the point where vegetation was reduced to dangerous levels. Wolves had been absent from the park for 70 years at this time and when a small group was brought into the environment the park experienced what is called a “trophic cascade”- an ecological process that starts at the top of the food chain tumbling through layers to the bottom.

Growing from the Roots



Dear Fellow Travelers,

This past October I found myself yearning for greener space, for taller & denser trees – forest. It had been a very long time since I had stood in the midst of trees so tall that they seemed to reach the sky. So I took myself to the forest. It was a short trip, but it accomplished what I needed. A friend and I jumped in a rental car and headed to Mena, Arkansas to drive through the hills and wander through the forests. On our last day there, I walked around the property of the air bnb where we stayed saying goodbye to the elements.