The Crossroads of Dreams and Imagination


September 2017

Remembering 9/11


9/11/2001 is a day that lives on in the hearts and minds of the people in United States. Its a day that we remember, not just the heroes and the fallen, but the mundane things that would normally be forgotten.

I remember my grandmother telling me about what she was doing on the day that JFK was assassinated. At the time, I wondered how one day could be seared into memory so much that she remembered the smells and the songs on the radio she had been listening to before the event. After 9/11 I understood.

It sounds weird but on the 11th of September 16 years ago I was driving into the mountains. I was excited because I had gotten a promotion and I was heading out on a new adventure. The road trip was supposed to take about 5 hours and I was slated to start work the next day, so I wanted plenty of time to unpack the car and start figuring out where my stuff was going to live in my new abode. I remember driving along a rather deserted stretch of highway, thinking that I’d been lucky to miss most of the traffic, when the DJ started talking about a plane hitting a building in New York. For a mile or so, I thought it was a joke. Even the DJ seemed to think it was a joke for a minute. But it became real all too soon.

I am not sure how I made it to my destination that day. I drove all the way there listening to news of the tragedy and wondering how it could be real. My guardian angel was watching over me, that’s the only way I could have possibly made it. When I finally got to my new home I turned on the television and called home. I nearly left and drove back home, just so I could be with my family, but I couldn’t face another car ride that long. I remember thinking that I didn’t know anyone in my new town yet and sitting in my cold room, nothing unpacked, alone, and wondering about life, love, and family. So many random questions ran through my mind and as I look back, so much has changed.

Not just in the world around us, but in my life. Since 9/11 I’ve tried to never let a day go by that I don’t tell my friends and family what they mean to me. And to make sure that my connections to those I love are strong by doing the work that all good relationships require.

Today we remember those who died as the Towers fell. As the Pentagon crumbled. And as the plane fell out of the sky. We remember the heroes who raced into dangerous situations to help save as many people as they could. And we remember the families who are missing their loved ones today and always.

I hope that we also remember our families. Our friends. And the blessings that our part of our lives. We have so much to be grateful for and although this day is shadowed with sorrow it should also be a reminder that we are alive. And to honor those who perished – we need to LIVE.


Cats are weird….But I love mine!

It’s been a kind of crazy day and I’m not sure what to say. So I’m going to leave it at a funny picture I found online. 

This reminds me of something that my cat, Shadow, did when she was a kitten. I wasn’t smart enough to take a picture of her when it happened so this picture will have to do! 


Just for fun…

I’ve been keeping an eye on the updates about Hurricane Irma today as I go about my day. I’m grateful that my friends have made it north to stay with family in one of the Carolinas. And I’m continuing to pray for everyone being impacted by this storm.

I was trying to find something a little more lighthearted for today and came across a few possibilities. This one is my favorite…

I’m not sure why but it just made me laugh. I hope that everyone had a good day and I pray that Hurricane Irma will diminish soon so people can return home.



A friend just shared a live video of her evacuation from her home in Florida. She and her family are part of the flow of people that are moving out of the path of Hurricane Irma. I’m so grateful that she and her family are currently safe and I pray that everyone who is impacted by the hurricanes or the fires are safe as well.

I can’t be there to help out but I will continue to do my part from home. And I will continue to pray. Events like Hurricane Irma remind me that we are not in control, even though we want to think we are, and we need to pull together. We can overcome any obstacle – go over it, tunnel under it, skirt around it, or bulldoze it down – as long as we work together. And we remember that things are just things. Yes, they make life easier and we’ve gotten to a place in society where our social standing is wrapped up in the items that we can call “ours”. But the people in our lives are so much more than things. And even if we lose the items that we cherish if we still have the people we will still be amongst the wealthiest people in the world. 

Be safe everyone.


Praying for those impacted by the hurricanes and the fires…

I’ve been watching the news coverage of the devastation left in the wake of the fires and the hurricanes – it’s very sad. And very inspiring at the same time. 

Seeing the tragedy through the photos and the stories of the heroes who are risking everything to help those in need is something I will never forget. 

I can’t begin to imagine what those people are going through but I pray for everyone affected to be safe. I know that the few things I can do from my home aren’t going to help everyone who is being displaced by the storms that nature is throwing at them but I hope that I can help a few in a small way. If we all help, even in small ways, then imagine what we can accomplish!


Food and Fellowship with Friends

It’s been a wonderful evening. Had dinner with some fabulous people and now I’m enjoying time with my favorite puppy, Eros. 

We have survived the Cone of Shame and Eros gets his stitches out tomorrow. I can’t wait and I’m sure he will be happier as well! 

Tomorrow is another day and it will be good. I don’t know what the day will hold but I pray that it brings all of us one step closer to our dreams. I also pray for all the people being affected by the fires and the hurricanes. 



Things I’m thankful for today:

  • My family and friends
  • The roof over my head 
  • Food in my fridge
  • Great books to read
  • My furbabies
  • The opportunity to pursue my dreams
  • The beautiful sunset I watched tonight

And so many other things that I can’t even explain. It’s been a fantastic day and I hope that all of you have had a wonderful day today and will do so again tomorrow. 


Share my story…

Share my story… Some days that is harder than others. Today for instance, the words are just not flowing like I’d like them to. 

But it was a great day. Spent time with friends and did some stuff around the house. I’m not sure why my head is so scattered today but I don’t want this post to be all over the place. And it’s supposed to be about something I find inspiring today, not complaining, so I believe I will keep it short and sweet.

Have a great night everyone.

Here’s some random cuteness for your night! All credit goes to the photographer.


Be Brave…

Love this quote. And I need the reminder when I’m putting off my dream because I’m afraid. Or tired. Or just being lazy. 😀

I do believe that our dreams live or die based entirely on whether we feed or starve them.  I am sometimes prone to stuffing mine in a box for “later”. You know that “later” that never actually arrives? The one that always gets pushed off because something else comes up. Or because we are afraid of what might happen if we do follow them? Or what if we success at whatever our ultimate dream is? 

Be BRAVE! Make the choice and take the chance. It can lead to a wonderful adventure and more magic then anyone can possibly imagine!


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