Own It!

I sing with my own voice. I paint in my own style. That’s my job to own my stuff.WaterfallMK2018


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Temporary and Forever

Fear and failure are temporary. Regrets are forever. I Go For It.


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Have We Gone Too Far?

Have we gone too far with taking our best friends everywhere?

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day, I’ve learned although I love my dog, sometimes it’s better for her to stay home.

True Story: I was walking in the Costco parking lot heading to the entrance when I saw a man and woman leaving the store. The woman was pushing a cart full of stuff like we all do when we leave Costco. The man had a python (yes a giant white snake) wrapped around his neck literally wearing it like a scarf! The two were chatting like “normal”. I was shocked to put it mildly. I wondered if he was allowed in the store wearing his “scarf”.  I know my response would have been one of discomfort if I saw the man in the store.

As I approached the entrance I looked for a sign that said “service animals only” and I didn’t see one that day. The next time at Costco I saw a huge poster displayed at the entrance: “Service Animals Only”. Then I wondered if that snake was a registered service animal.

I have been a proud mother to numerous furry babies for over 30 years and would prefer to have them with me than not. I have never filed an application for the service animal registration. I know where my “kids” are most comfortable and it wouldn’t be in a busy store. I also don’t want to work the system and claim I need them with me at all times at the risk of others discomfort and annoyance.

For those that really need the comfort of their animal with them, go for it. For those of us that just want to have them at our side, in our lap, around our neck, there’s a benefit to leaving them home. Walk in the door after being gone for awhile and experience the excitement of your homecoming!


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People Change

Things don’t change…people change. I know better, I do better.


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Each day I take a moment to appreciate the things that make me joyful.


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Inner Peace

When my exterior life is in order it promotes inner peace. I need that.

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They’re Watching!

Whatever I do, they’re watching, listening, and learning.

The other day the news media showed a clip of a young woman driving. She was cut off by another driver and she immediately started verbally ranting and aggressively pursuing the other driver. She then reached for a gun tucked in her waistband. Her actions and words were being recorded by her 10 year old son who was in the car… watching, listening and recording on his cell phone. The boy got involved by saying he would get his gun (a toy I hope) and together he and his mom could “get” the guy who cut them off.

The same news broadcast reported how people are inspiring kids with their passion for sports, cooking, gardening, art, animal welfare, etc. That’s news. (I hate to say real news as I don’t want to infer other news is the opposite.) Anyway, there is a good amount of positive stuff happening to highlight.


  • Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions. Sending homeless kittens and cats from Los Angeles to Washington State where there is a demand for felines. I love that!
  • Snoop Dogg’s Youth Football League…Making a difference and building community for young people in underserved areas. Amazing!
  • FoodForward.org_Delivering fresh produce weekly to fight hunger. Awesome!

We are all exposed every day to actions and words. Kids see it too and that’s how they learn. That’s how I learned what to do and in some cases what I would never do. That’s how we all learned by listening and watching.

If I notice young people around me are self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, smoking (tobacco, weed, and juul paraphernalia) and are abusive with their language towards others I have to look at what I’m doing. They’re watching.

I have choices, we all have choices.

I try to make good choices as they’re watching and looking to me/us for direction, form, and shape for their future.

Let’s all do it. We all do better when we know someone’s watching, and someone always is.


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Either Way

You can’t get it wrong. You can go this way, or that way, and either way you will get to where you want to be. You can make any decision right.


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Tomorrow depends on what I do today.



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Four Paws

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