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Elan Vitae

September 30, 2019

Set a piece of Amber, big or small, in the light, and you'll start to feel the warm and fuzzies that come with this light-bearing stone.

Amber is the perfect stone to include in your home because it is the energetic equivalent of "keeping the home fires burning". This naturally fossilized botanic resin is a mixture of hydrocarbons. Unlike other crystals and stones formed beneath the Earth's surface, "Amber is first created by t...

September 30, 2018

At a very early age, I had a craving to know and understand people.  I wanted to explore other cultures and beliefs and see how others found their way in the world.  This early exploration took the form of travel and adventure and language and art. From the moment I sat at my parents’ dinner table at 15 years old and announced I wanted to visit Russia to understand what it was like to live in a communist country, travel has be...

September 29, 2018

One ticket.  One way.  One destination.  No coming back.  Where would you go? If you could have a one way ticket to anywhere . . . ANYWHERE . . . past, present, future, real, imaginary or even a state of mind, where would you go? 

This is exactly what Steven Shalowitz offers guests on his hit podcast, The One Way Ticket Show.  Since its inception in 2012, Steven has welcomed more than 160 guests from a varie...

September 29, 2018

Cramping, familiar yet unfamiliar, roused me from my sleep.  It was 3:30 a.m. We watched the sun rise, then set, then rise again.  I was in and out of the tub, up and down the stairs, on and off the ball, to and fro on the sling.  I was not able to sleep, only drift off for no more than four minutes at a time, first for hours, then days.  After about thirty hours, I was exhausted.  In all my worldly travels, never before had I...

September 29, 2018

As a teen growing up in the East San Francisco Bay Area, I loved sampling all sorts of wonderful fresh seafood that my grandpa would get for his restaurant.  

He would head down to the pier at 3am to get fresh fish for the day and it was amazing!  Today, as much as I love living in a Montana mountain town, I do miss having fresh fish available.  Sure – you can get fresh fish flown in daily at some shops around town, but you pay...

September 29, 2018

These three words may be the most unexpected, yet timely advice I've received. They rolled off the tongue of my best friend of 25+ years between other phrases of encouragement as I was about to embark on a transformational journey. There was a certain silence and echo around those three short words that separated them from the others as she spoke and I knew I'd come back to them.  ‘Don't hold back’ seemed like an odd thing to...

September 21, 2018

Throughout my life I have loved exploring the local scenery by hiking nearby trails.  Having lived in such picturesque locations as Telluride, CO,  Jackson,WY and Bozeman, MT there have been no shortage of gorgeous hikes at my disposal. Hiking has been a refuge for me - a way to smell fresh air and feel a connection to creation around me.  For me, it has always been an amazing time of solitude and contemplation....until I got...

September 21, 2018

Somehow it’s the little things, the seemingly inconsequential, that highlight the differences in a starkly profound way, like a single spot searching for the actor on stage left when she waits, with hopeful patience and assurance, on stage right.  Day after day, we holler a greeting, open a door, scoop out some sugar, hear the tone in our ear after we dial the phone, reach in our pocket for a handful of coins.  But do we reall...

September 21, 2018

The smell of his cigar, his raw animal sexuality lured me through the dampened cobblestone streets.  The love affair between Ernest Hemingway and Pamplona is well-recorded and his essence here was more than palpable.  To me, it seemed all-consuming.  Calling, beckoning, daring me to let go.  To create.  To allow that same sheer pleasure to flow through me in the form of words.  

I had arrived here 5 day...

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