I am a nature loving person who finds the indoors quite suffocating after a while, I find inspiration in the beauty of a mountain, the flight of a bird or the soft swaying of a flower in the wind.
Being to me
Sleep is the one thing I can always leave for later, I’m ok with a couple of hours I would say, have a soda, or coffee, eat a snack, it will wake you up they would say, the worst part is that we reach for the bad snacks, the sugary drinks, at least in my case. For years now I have been running basically on fumes, bad eating habits, terrible sleep patterns, and being a diabetic, I was on a path of self-destruction, a path that was not comfortable but it seemed it was the only way to get things done.
Guatemala a natural beauty, a spring paradise Home to El quetzal, and La Monja Blanca, Saturday night of tamales and family gatherings
My First Winter
A Winter Wonderland is something that for me was real only in pictures, I had never seen snow before, I read about it in Snow White, and from my aunt who lived in the states, but I had never seen and hoped that one day I would see it.
My Discovery of a Peaceful Life
Finally moved in, it took a whole village to get me relocated to the most remote place I could think of, only to be closer to my ancestors, the sky, and the land that saw my great-grandparents grow. My family helped me build a home in a 1000 acre lot that my grandparents left us, my siblings decided they did not want it, and passed it all to me, it was a remote forest and in the middle, I built a cabin, the process took 6 months, from ground break to placing the final touches on the coffee table. My father added a security system, my mom a very big pantry, and my siblings a satellite dish half a mile away to ensure that I would have a way to communicate with them. I was so secluded that my closest neighbor was about 25 miles away, and that neighbor was my grand uncle, this land has been in the family forever, the ranch that my grand uncle owned was the main source of income for the whole family, and as the family continued to grow so did the business, coffee and cattle two things that seven generations had worked on and of course the forest the one reason to keep this land was to make sure that just like we received from it, we would give back to it. Here we had it all; water, trees, animal life and open skies.
An Imaginary Foe
I awoke with a sense of being watched, of having been tapped on my shoulder. Not again I thought, I tried to center my thoughts and maybe see something in the darkness. I couldn’t remember if I had been dreaming, but I felt like someone/something was or had been in the room. It was still very dark outside, and no sounds at all. It was my 15th birthday, a hard one this would be.
A race for life.
“So you're strong and you are fast,” she said, “you can do it all on your own?, ok let's see, show me what you're made of.'' She challenged him. He was only 12 years old, but he had the mentality of a grown-up. He had been told early on by his grandmother that he would grow up to be big, strong, and important to his people. He took it to heart, and when school started he was only 6 years old, he found every request and learning opportunity to be a challenge that he needed to conquer. He jumped across the river stones, used the canoe to race the fish in the lake, and did all of it on his own, no grown-ups to help, but he could not win a landrace on foot against his older sister. And that was the one thing he wanted most, she is not better than me he thought, I am going to beat her this time. Off they went running across the fields of mango trees, he did not accept her offer to have a head start. He was actually mad that she would say it like that, he was bigger now and he cold beat her this time, 4 laps across the 2-acre field, he had been practicing for this, and well Susie was a track and field star in high school though only a sophomore she had made a name for herself, but she would never admit to Ricky that it was him that pushed her on, she began participating in track and field after her P.E teacher in 8th grade saw her run away from little Ricky, but it was Susie’s form and agility that had gotten the teacher’s attention,
My Roots Rediscovered
It was meant to be! He had worked so hard for this, and finally, after years of late nights and missed family events, his moment had come. Frankie would be leading his first expedition.
One More Please Slice!
The smell of fresh coffee woke me up. Coffee ready so early in the morning! What am I saying? Of course, there is coffee! she has been up for a couple of hours now, I am late by her standards. The sunlight coming through the window and the singing of the birds reminded me that I was home, it was peaceful, nothing like the city mornings rushed and chaotic; no not here, not this week. It was finally time to refresh, to get back to basics, and coffee was the first step. I got up and made my way over to the kitchen where I was greeted with a unison of good mornings and was handed a large steaming hot cup of coffee and with it a homemade muffin. Definitely not the city, this was cozy and full of love.
The Father She Never Knew
25 years had passed since she last visited her hometown, almost everything was the same, she knew the roads like the back of her hand, but the fear of what had made her leave and kept her away all this time still played in her mind. Those memories never left; they had remained quite alive thru the years. But now she was back and that old fear was still present, “Stop! you know it’s over” after all the one that had haunted her all her life was finally gone. Her mother's life was finally free of pain.
My Freedom in Nature
Working hard and keeping a clear path toward a routine is very exhausting, I move around every day making sure my daily chores are complete, yet the day ends and there are several things I have not finished. It is a typical morning, get up go to work at a job that is good but draining, come home and complete the house chores, spend the last hours of daylight between cleaning and cooking, then late at night go to bed and try to relax and unwind before passing out, but since my day was spent on everyone else’s needs my brain decides that now is the time to figure out if I am ever going to write that book or begin my career as a copywriter, and before I know it’s 2 in the morning; I am off tomorrow but must get up at 4:30 to drop off kids at work, then run errands and attempt to finally rearrange the kitchen to fit everything into a nice organized setting. There’s also laundry, and cleaning, again my mind is running off to find what makes me happy, it’s late, get some sleep I tell myself...
A new Human Race
The year had begun with weather changes that some viewed as omens of things to come, rainstorms in dry-land, heatwaves in the north, and winter-like feel in the south, others simply read it as natural planetary changes. Climate change was a constant topic on the news but nothing on the media could have prepared us all; for the Darkest day that lay ahead.
Roxie the raccoon who was really a “cat.”
Yup that is how I was introduced to this furball, the box read RACOON, I was so excited and sad at the same time. See a few years back I had received a kitten barely a few weeks old, who came to my home and tore the place apart unintentionally on his first day there. Because I thought he had gotten lost under the sink wood plank. He did not but the plank was now broken. Anyway, this is for another day. I had to give him up after a year, and so I swore I would never get a pet again, it was too heartbreaking.