Friday, October 21, 2011

First Post on LIFEclectic Magazine

I took a haitus from Orbiting Io to get my bearings and adjust to all the changes that come with being a single parent, but I'm back! I am now blogging for LIFEclectic, online magazine for parents by parents. I'm excited to share with you my first post, "Embarking Upon Single Motherhood With No Training Wheels."  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Ansel Adams, Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, Northern California, 1959

     A redwood seedling has the potential to grow into a majestic tree. When we were young, my Dad would drive us North to the redwood forests and I remember how endlessly tall and beautiful these trees were. Being the only women amongst a group of men who have crossed volatility and have entered into violence is like watching redwood trees becoming un-rooted. They crash into each other, succumbing to the forces of gravity that work against them every day to become full grown. I am small and insignificant. My efforts to save the grove are ineffectual and unseen. I surrender because I am outside the realm of men. I know what it’s like to walk amongst those trees—to breathe life and experience peace and beauty. Men have the potential to be majestic like this.