Walking in Presence

The Path of Presence

May you walk in presence with every step you take.

Being present is being YOU.

You don’t have to wait for everything to be just right.

Just Be.

There is no need for conditions.

Being present is more valuable than any material thing.

When you are present your day will go amazingly different.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing …. be present.

Presence will serve as a pathway to the journey you choose.

No conditions. No alternatives.

Just presence!

Now is the time.

Then . . .

You will be exactly where you are supposed to be.

About the Photo: One of my favorite paths in Ketchikan, Alaska at Totem Bight.

Weekly Photo Challenge: ZigZag


Today I will take one step at a time.
Sometimes I may zig, sometimes I may zag.
But it will always be more interesting than a straight path.

About the photo: Taken under one of the larger Canneries in Southeast Alaska. I was captivated by the reflection more than anything else.
Life is a zigzag but it also has ripples and illusions. That’s what makes the journey interesting.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin'

Ignite your inner fire to follow your dreams and passions.  All you need is a spark to get it started.

Think big!
Dream big!
Don’t compromise your happiness.
Discover YOU!

I greet the summer with great expectations!

Today I choose happiness, success and abundance.

About the photo: It was a cool, summer evening at the beach in Southeast Alaska where we were celebrating our friend’s wedding earlier that day. This beach is famous for its driftwood along the shoreline, so it was easy to make and feed this blazing fire.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Relics of Southeast Alaska

Along many of the beaches you will find any number of things left to Mother Nature to decay and corrode. Here some bundles of cable that caught my eye on a morning beach walk at the old cannery.
Small towns used a generator like this one to bring electricity to the community. It’s no longer in operation but certainly a site to see its magnitude and how it served the people. I recall one of the elders telling me that it was turned on only for several hours during the day.
You don’t have to go too far to see a boat like this relic, abandoned vessel. One would guess it had a lot of stories to tell. Mother Nature can be fierce in these parts. There have been many beach walks where I have found the pieces of boats strewn along the shoreline. I usually take them home, if I am able to carry them, and put them in my garden.
The Harris Mine is the site of many a relic. You can even see the tracks that carried the ore mining cars from the copper mines. The place is abandoned now and all that is left are pieces of rusting machinery and an eerie feeling of hard working days from the past.
And my favorite relic of all …. an abandoned and dilapidated bunk house used by the Philippine migrant workers during fishing season. Shortly after I took this photograph, the city tore it down because it wasn’t safe.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.

~ Aristotle ~

We walked this way many times on a local hiking path but this day we noticed the face-of-a-man-rock lurking along the path.  Its mysterious shadows yet stalwart gaze gave us an eerie feeling.  Was this Mother Nature’s way of watching us?  Maybe it was the way the shadows fell across the face of the rock from the setting sun that we hadn’t noticed before.  Or perhaps it was Mother Nature’s way of letting us know we were protected or maybe she was just being humorous.  Either way, it was something to marvel at.


What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
~ Werner Herzog ~

Or how about this sea monster located off Peratrovich Island in Southeast Alaska?  The tides draped him with ‘Pop-weed” or more officially Bladderwrack, which, by-the-way, is mineral and iodine-rich when used in cooking and some of the best garden fertilizer around.  None-the-less, an eerie creature indeed as we slowly paddled by on our kayaks.  Once again, another marvel of nature.

Check out more “eerie” stuff here.

Life is a Miraculous Journey


Today I am open to the presence of miracles!!
~ Deepak Chopra ~

There are Miracles that happen all around us every day. If our minds are busy chattering, like in the story of the Two Birds, we may not notice these miracles coming into our lives. But, when we are aware, they are like gifts given to us, waiting to be opened and shared. When we learn to live each day connected to our present awareness, the miracles in our lives will increase and you will begin to know yourself at the core.
Think of it this way . . . It’s like a seed you want to cultivate and grow.  In order to do that we need to take time with it each day.  It needs water, soil and sunshine. It is a precious gift that will sprout when we shower it with love and light to expand and grow into a tree before our eyes.
What miracles do you see around and in your life? Abundance? Love? Gratitude?
What thoughts do you think that inhibit your ability to see miracles? Negative thoughts get in the way of your miracles, abundance and loving relationships. Set your intention that anything is possible.
What steps can you take to open yourself up to experiencing more miracles? Stay positive, meditate, and be present. Open your mind and heart to ALL the possibilities.

Every day, stand with your arms open and say,
“I am open and receptive to all the good and the abundance in the Universe. And thank you for life!”
~ Louise Hay ~


Stinking Beauty

Today, I choose peace, quiet and stillness.


The peaceful scene in Spring by the Klawock River in Southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales Island.


Early morning sunlight striking the new Skunk Cabbage leaf growth, untouched by the bears.
They must still be hibernating.


The bright yellow lilies pop their heads out of the ground with a splash of color welcoming Spring.
What a great way to escape the gray and dreary days of Winter.


Close up and personal.


Raindrops on Skunk Cabbage leaves.  Adult leaves have been know to grow five to six feet in length.

More information about Skunk Cabbage can be found here. http://natureinstitute.org/pub/ic/ic4/skunkcabbage.htm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

This week’s photo challenge is “Illumination”.  I must say that it took me awhile to find the right picture and after much searching I came upon this beautiful “Happy New Year” photo emailed to me on December 31, 2009 by a wonderful photographer who passed away recently.  His life was an illumination.  He was inspiring, witty, genuine, and it was an  honor to have known him.
He titled this photo “Caught between the moon and the Capital City”, where he not only captured the lights and their reflections in the Juneau harbor, but a jet flying out, at precisely the right moment, over the moon.  But wait ….. knowing Dave, he was a master of Photo Shop so I can’t be sure on that. At any rate, it’s a fabulous photo.
I got to know him through my activities with the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce and his publication of the Alaskan Southeaster where he published a few photographs and stories I wrote about our Island.  He stayed at our house while visiting our beautiful Island because he was writing a story on the various communities.   I was planning to go with him on the last day of his visit to the northern part of the Island, but I woke up with a “bug”.  I will never forget my disappointment that day.
So, it is to you, Dave Fremming, that I dedicate this weekly photo challenge because you truly lit up your corner of the world.  Your life was an illumination to everyone you met and everyone you knew.  You will be missed but not forgotten.  What you gave to this world will shine on forever.