February 05

Now What?

We now have our goal and it’s a doozy. Now comes “The Plan.” “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential,” Winston Churchill. That means we must plan for our success and yet also realize that these plans will look very different at the end than at the beginning. We all know we have […]

elephant sepia color January 22

Let’s write one

So it’s the beginning of 2013. Goals and resolutions abound. How to make ours stand out, stand tall? How to make them stand the test of “oh my God I’m tired and its March already and I haven’t even started so why bother now, let’s just wait until next year. It wasn’t really that important […]

December 31

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 970 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see […]

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo Texas December 18

Goals have a foundation

So now we know what we want more than air. Kate’s Goals 2013: 1. Finish my book. 2. Teach writing. 3. Travel to three places. 4. Accept what is. 5. Be bold. 6. Be present. 7. Listen. I know my goals. Now I need to build my foundation. A great question to answer in 2013 […]

Goals and Socrates

It’s December (duh) and the years end is fast approaching. 2013 will be born soon and with it many hopes, dreams, and goals that each of us yearns to see come to fruition. It is the same every January. A good time for a fresh start, we think. I know. The first of the year […]

November 28

Moving: one reason i like where i live

Moving is hard. Even moving for all the right reasons. Something makes me grateful every. single. day. that I moved close to my family. I am lucky. But new is hard. New routes, new people, new stores, new weather. The list is long. It’s easy not to like anything about a new place. At first.  So […]

Special Order

There’s a lot of pressure this time of year. As women we compare ourselves to the “perfect woman” in our head. We don’t know what she looks like. We don’t know who she is. We just know we can’t quite measure up. But what if we were special ordered? What if someone walked into a […]

My Relationship with Food

I have a strange relationship with food. As a kid and young adult I struggled with hypoglycemia.  It ran in my family and a common sentence uttered in the household was: “Mom, you’re being ditzy, you need to eat.” Out would come a protein bar or squished string cheese from the depths of her purse. […]

An excerpt from my novel: Seraphine

Seraphine Macguire is a demon hunter, but she doesn’t know it yet. I hope you enjoy the excerpt from my novel. Please comment below and tell me what you think! * Diego saw it first. In the half-light between dusk and dark, lit slightly by the pool of soft light from the street lamps that […]

October 30

Age is just a number

Four and a half was significant. The first thing I ever remember about my life is skipping around my house, in and out of the sunny kitchen, asking my mom a question as she sat on her stool at her small kitchen desk. It is vivid in my mind: her back was to me, left […]

October 23

What I learned from Chuck Yeager

In June of 2011 I went to see Chuck Yeager speak at the McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. There was just a small crowd of us gathered on folding chairs assembled together in front of a legend at the Aerospace Museum. Chuck Yeager is 89 years old. He still flies jets however is required […]

Kilimanjaro October 16


It was a misty morning at the Marangu gate. The starting point of one of the five different trails that lead up Mt. Kilimanjaro. We choose a trail that had the highest percentage of success and longer than average length to assist with acclimatization-the Machame route.  We met our gregarious guide Zawadi, his name meaning […]