Live to Write

Location: Missoula, MT, United States

Mom to four amazing teen-aged boys; Married nearly 20 years to my high school sweetheart; Houseful of dogs - Sadie and Shadow, my golden retrievers; Sox, my English Shepherd, and Coco, my Shih Tzu...and Frosty, our 5 year-old Dutch Lop.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Are We Who We Are Born, or Are We Who We Become?

Back from a blogging hiatus... my day job has required a "life on the road" for nearly 9 months straight. This week is no exception. So, tonight I'm hunkered down in a Hilton hotel in Vancouver, following a conference and exhibitor fair. My "jelly yo-yo's" were a hit, my brochures were not. My dark chocolate Hershey's kisses were also a hit. It's an interesting thing, the Exhibitor Fair... some folks are interested in what you're hawking, I suppose, but mostly they mill around and load their plastic logo'd bags with freebies - pens, squishy light bulbs, candy, Post-it notes, frisbies, water bottles, and such. We're suckers for freebies!

Coffee's hot, juices are flowing, and as November blows full steam ahead into a wintery chill, I am reinventing life as I know it, once again! Edging ever closer to 40 has that effect. Over the course of the last two, mostly-interrupted days of thoughts-to-myself, I'm coming up with a plan. I've pondered politics, eBay, money, a new wardrobe, the condition of my skin, writing, religion, marriage, astronomical cell phone bills (thanks to those aforementioned teenagers), and the incredible Pacific King Salmon I had for dinner. Not necessarily in that order.

And, in the course of those random thoughts, I'm discovering a thing or two...BIG things. For example, for years I've proclaimed myself a Republican - and then waffled for a few as an Independent. However, digging deeper into the seat of the soul to uncover some core beliefs, I'm a Democat after all. And, to top that off, raised a Catholic and raising my sons Catholic has led me to the issue of recent weeks - the Sacrament of Confirmation. I decided they should all prepare for Confirmation this year - before it's too late. "Bad mother" fear encroached my thoughts and I feared they'd never be able to marry in the Church. This is really the ultimate irony, because despite every attempt to marry my husband in a swanky club in St. Paul, we gave in to his mother and were married in the Church. And through this process of trying to examine my faith, I'm not sure I can even define what Catholicism means to me anymore. Alas, we've become fair-weather worshipers - Easter and Christmas, and that's it for our family. My husband rejects the notion of Church altogether, and I believe spirituality is made of the small acts day in and day out that make up our lives. Spirituality is how you live your life. And I pray - nearly every day. Not formal prayer. Usually as I close my eyes at the end of the day. I thank God for the blessings of that day, for keeping my family safe, for allowing us a decent roof over our heads and food on the table. And I ask for the strength to face whatever the following day might bring. I ask for forgiveness if I need it, but I don't think it's because I'm Catholic, I think it's because I'm human.

As I explained my version of spirituality to my mother last night, she said "Well, that would make you Jewish." Part of me enjoys that revelation, part of me wonders why we all need to be labeled one thing or another. Labels are the root of a plethora of evils in the world.

So, are we who we are born? Or are we who we become?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Bio - Briefly

This is my first attempt at blogging, and I have to say I've been so impressed with the blogs I've been reading - I was inspired! So, I started the day with a web tour of the Turks & Caicos (followed by Fiji). Being a restless soul, it seems I always want to be somewhere ELSE. My passion is travel writing, in particular, the unusual and undiscovered - which is increasingly more difficult to pinpoint.

So, a little about me...I'm 38; the mother of four sons - 16, 15, 12 and 10. (All of them extraordinarily handsome, intelligent, and funny!) I've been married for eighteen years to my high school sweetheart, Mark and in addition to our children, we have four dogs (two golden retrievers, an english shepherd, and a shih tzu) and one Dutch lop rabbit. Life is full, indeed!

I'm a published writer with 5 dozen or so articles ranging in content from entertainment, travel, and health to business-related news and parenting. In addition to building my portfolio of assignments, I write full-time for a healthcare company based in Montana. My professional work has run the gamut from straight PR to proposals, grantwriting, and marketing materials. So, "Live to Write" seemed an appropriate Blog Title. It's what I do, and I can't imagine not writing.

I hope to create a journal of sorts...a place to log my thoughts, share my dreams, gain inspiration and hopefully initiate a dialogue with fellow bloggers.