Getting Motivated…Or Not

I used to be big on motivation. I’d listen to motivational speakers, I’d hang out with motivated people, I’d spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to motivate myself. (Carrot or stick? Carrot or stick?) Sometimes I figured out a carrot that worked, even if it was just the sense of relief . . . → keep reading

Traveling at Home

The first week after a month of traveling was strange. The things that were my focus for a month were no longer such an issue. (Where are we going to sleep? Where/what are we going to eat? What cool things can we see today? What interesting people are we going to meet?)

But as I’m . . . → keep reading


Shannon has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Whole Dog Journal, which was ranked #11 of the best 50 magazines in the country by the Chicago Tribune.

She enjoys writing about companion animals, holistic and alternative care, coaching and self-development, environmental/green issues, . . . → keep reading

Habits, Habits Everywhere

“Look both ways before you cross the street!” How many times did you hear that as a kid? What I didn’t realize was that not only was I trained to look both ways, but I also was trained to look both ways in a particular order. You may not have thought about it before, but . . . → keep reading

Herb Would be Thrilled

I recently wrote about the death of my Uncle Herb in Saying Goodbye. Today, the Fresno Bee published a feature obituary about Herb. It recounts a couple of the stories Herb loved to tell. Read it here.

(The original story has expired, but a short excerpt can be found in this piece.)

Getting Ready for Adventure!

A week from today, I’ll be on a plane headed for Auckland, New Zealand. I’ll be traveling around the country for the month of March. No itinerary, no specific plans. We’re taking only backpacks that we can carry on the airplane, so I’m considering very carefully everything that I’m bringing. After all, I’ll be hauling . . . → keep reading