Your Stories

A Bump in the Road

In October, 2014, I was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening pancreatic tumor.  Like a grain of sand in the oyster, I believe the tumor grew out of my work experiences. The pancreas relates to the sweetness of life. During the last few years of my corporate career, the sweetness had all but disappeared. The Universe intervened, and […]

How They Found Their Hill

  We live in an area where there is a rich abundance of freshly grown food. When we met Shanon and Michael last year at the Auburn Farmers market, we were so inspired and excited by the work they do, that we wanted to share their story (and faces :-)) with you. They, like many […]

Time for Change

Earlier this year we held our annual overnight retreat. We were awed and touched by the heartfelt and moving sharing that came out of the Expressive Writing session. Below is a piece that one of the participants gave us permission to share with you all: Now is the time for change Accept change and be […]

Letting Go

Letting go of the perfect image of what life should be. Letting go of everyone’s expectation of me. Letting go of what was and embrace the what is. Letting go of the perfection I expect myself in everything I do. Letting go is the hardest to learn, but it allowed me to find the “real” […]

The Presence of Absence

For many folks, December means peppermint treats, Christmas carols, lights, presents, family and fun. For me this is all still true, but in December I also spend a lot of time thinking about my Dad. I think about the years growing up when he would videotape us opening our presents and ask us what we […]

Kristen’s Testimonial

If you were to ask me what the best day of my life was, the answer would be easy. There are two: December 18, 2009 and February 4, 2012. These were the days that my children were born. I think that most parents would answer this question the same way. However, if years from now […]

Summer Camp Days Ahead

These hot June days take me back through the years to the days of summer camp. My first experience was a YWCA camp on the shores of a Michigan lake. It was all foreign to me; morning reveille, raising the flag and evenings by the campfire, singing songs whose words even now come to mind. […]

Look to the East

Being a mom has taught me about me. I have learned to stand strong, while still being nimble and on my toes. I have learned how to juggle more than I could ever imagine and do it while smiling…and maybe cursing a few times. I have learned the unimaginable is often possible but it requires […]

I Can Face This

HERE’S MY STORY: I have always loved being active, enjoy being outdoors, living life to the fullest, as an adventurer. I challenge myself to be the best that I can be and have been blessed with a great attitude and energy level to accomplish things I have desired to do. AND THEN, In September 2013 […]

Healing Cycles

A familiar cycle has appeared in my life since cancer: weeks come where life is exciting, body feels energetic and the future looks so sweet. I’m so happy in these times and can see all the gifts that cancer has brought to my life; new outlook on life, new friends and a deep respect for […]