Showing posts from 2016

Schooling on the Road

Schooling on the road has gone better than I anticipated.  Before leaving I had concerns (not so mindful moments) about less than motivated children when it came to academic studies while living on the road.  I feel a weight of responsibility when it comes to providing a good education. I just want to help my kids to reach their highest potential.

Of course much of their education is simply the experiences they are having. One of the beauties of children is that they are always learning.  Whether we are spending a day at the beach or at the market great questions arise (eg how do Jelly fish sting people? How do I say "bathroom" in Spanish?, What kind of fish is that boat fishing for?).  Their questions lead to some fabulous educational dialogue-  and the best part is that they asked the question so they WANT to know (unschooling).

As for the more formal academics, we have gotten into a routine.  The kids do reading, writing, and math in the morning- then they have play time …

Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico

 We Weathered in cold, rain and snow Aged in the hot summer sun Waiting to be reclaimed We drift through joy and sorrow as one.
Our paint flecked off long ago, Newness a fond memory Cut down, worn, nailed through the heart Then sanded smooth in new understanding
I’ve long had an affinity For the provincial, rustic, yet firm Helpmeet, partner, lover of mine Did our love adapt, conform? -HLC

Beach Yoga


Apache Junction, Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona- Poetry

Simplicity Not many things Living Small Life is good We’ve really got it all.
We have each other We have each day Peace at our core, Finding our way.
Creativity, Imagination, Spontaneity, Meditation.
Hikes in the desert. Feet in the ocean. Sun on our faces, Mindful motion.
I know deep within I don’t need any “thing”. Simply seek further light And just practice being.

I AM  As time passes by A reality sets in. The fear I once had of memories fading…  is happening.
Simple things that I never wanted to forget. Like when you climbed up onto the kitchen table and ate an entire serving bowl full of pineapple. Oh my sweet baby.  You earned your nickname “fruit bat”.
As these memories are getting further away from the surface I sense a distance. A distance that stings me at the very core.
I want you baby.  I love you.  I wish I could hold you even if just for a moment.
And-  then I remember to come back to now.  Back to the moment.   Live.  Breathe.  Be. Elizabeth is printed on my heart,…

Grand Canyon


4 Corners National Monument


Arches National Park

04 November 2016 Pain in her eyes Pain in her eyes. Pain on her brow. Living with out her baby somehow.
Braving the dark Seeking the light. In Searching for truth Her candle ignites.
“Life will happen, No matter how I feel Time marches on that’s the raw deal. I will not waste my days Stirring in thought. I choose to be present with all the wonder I’ve got.”
So, she keeps moving forward. Honoring her bestowment Relishing small joys Living each moment.

Mindfulness Yoga Classes

Autumnal Equinox YogaMindfulness
September 21 and 28
5:30 pm Mindfulness: Thinking about what you are doing right now. Living in the moment. The benefits of being mindful are endless, yet, it is increasingly difficult living in a society of mindless activities. Step away from your screens and begin a new life practice. Seize the Power of Now. Mind Your Body
234 S. Main
Pocatello, Idaho

Rabbitstick- Primal Skills Rock

One week of primal living taught me that-  Primal living IS living in the moment.
I love creating, and I also love functionality.  So carving wooden utensils so I could use them to eat with this week was very rewarding.   I learned so many great skills this week-  and made some amazing friends.

Glenwood, Alberta Canada

Uncle Mel at home in Glenwood
with Ruby Catherine.
We love you!   
We love Canada.  
Thanks for your kindness.

Mindfulness is...

Watching the clouds,
Observing a flower, Feeling the sun on your skin, Making eye contact and connecting with another, The joy in your heart when your dog is glad your home, Creating, Appreciating, Mindfulness is living in the present moment.
Mindfulness is not… Chatter in your mind, The thoughts you have of your annoying neighbor, The things you say in your mind about others, Worry about things that may go wrong at work, Fear about things that will NEVER happen to you.
Our whole life is made up of moments.  How will you spend your moments?  All we ever have is the current moment that we are in-  It is a gift.  Are you at peace with your Present?

I began my journey in Mindfulness 6 years ago, as I read Geneen Roth's,  Women, Food and God.
As with most things if life, learning to be mindful is a process that takes effort over time.  I have put much effort into practicing mindfulness- living each moment.  It is not easy, I am human, I still have to kindly reminding my chatt…

You Are My Sunshine

Grandma Ardy died at her home today after suffering a second stroke.
She was a light in my life, her kindness will be remembered. Her mother sang her the song "You Are My Sunshine",  she then sang it to her children and grandchildren.  Years ago I rewrote the lyrics as a birthday gift to her.  And then updated them again for her funeral.

You are my Sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. And now you know dear, how much I love you. We’ll be together again one day.
I love you so, Sweet Grandma Ardy. Your kind heart stands supreme. You fill my cup. It runneth o’er. You are remembered in my dreams.
We are all blessed to know and love you. Your sweetness fills the heart. We feel your spirit, and know you’re near us. May your love from us never depart.
Your gentle kindness it overcomes me. I am so grateful for your love. You are a blessing sent straight from heaven. For you, I thank God above.

Māori hangi - a real taste of culture

The Bean Family invited us to join them for a Hangi-  or Haangi We love the Beans-   Māori honor the earth and recognize that the earth is the giver of all life, from the soil came food and that same food was cooked beneath the earth. Our food was burried with hot coals-  Here Eric lifts out the feast basket-  Pork, Chicken, Potatos, Sweet potatos,  Good people, good times.

One Month on the Road

We're in Idaho.  One month on the road went by quickly.  Lots of events.
-We said good bye to Grandpa Henry

-Grandpa Henry died

-Grandma Ardy had a stroke, we spent time with her at University hospital in SLC

-On our drive to get on our ship to AK, our truck broke down in Burley, Idaho.

-Grandpa Cory came to save us and brought us his Prius

-We stayed with our dear friends from old days in Kansas-  Mat and Karin Bean in Gig Harbor, Washington

-We made it to our port and set sail to Alaska

-Alaska, green. therapeutic.

-Canada-  Vancoover, BC Harker-Armstrong Family Fun

-Olympic Peninsula, Yurt Camping Cape Disapointment Harker-Armstrong family

-Astoria, Oregon

-Portlandia, OR- VooDoo Donughts

-Back to Idaho to get truck fixed


25 July 2016-  I love the Pacific North West


I am not much of a shopper, but I love walking on Creek Street- and all over Ketchikan for that matter.  As I strive to live minimally (less stuff, less clutter, less stress) and focus on the moment (what matters most)  I rarely shop-  except for groceries.  With that said is pretty awesome.  Gourmet groceries.  Antiques.  Kavu sports wear.

Last summer I bought a blue Kavu skirt from Linda at Chinook&Company.  I now call it my uniform, because I wear it everyday. Chinook&Company is a small one person operation run by Linda Meuter, yet another tough and talented Alaskan woman.

This week I bought a case of this amazingly
delicious Sockeye Salmon.

           Elias coming out of Totem Bight Lodge