The Tangled Wood © T. Ormerod

At the beginning of The Divine Comedy, Dante writes:

Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost. To tell
About those woods is hard — so tangled and rough

And savage that thinking of it now, I feel
The old fear stirring: death is…

And then I hear what people do and I’m not sure anymore.

When my stepdaughter got home last night, her dog was gone (pictured above). Her apartment door was locked, so how did it happen? Her roommate took him.

Muttley Crüe was taken for a walk and released to his…

It can be hard to admit. In fact, a lot of people grip so tightly to their memories as “real” that they will fight until vindicated. Who can blame them?

Memories are treasures.

They’re the stuff of song and book.

They fill our cupboard drawers, decorate our shelves and add…

Voice (noun): the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, especially of human beings in speaking, shouting, singing, etc.; expression in spoken or written words, or by other means.

I’ve seen a lot of writers on Medium write about finding their voice.

Writers everywhere write about finding…

Without really thinking much about it, I’ve been “doing water” a lot lately.

Shared photos, old and new, have been of water … near water … in water. In grief and in stress, I’ve turned to water and returned refreshed.

It’s a magnet … I can’t help myself … and…

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One of my all-time favorite movies is Caddyshack. Bill Murray is superb as the grumbling groundskeeper Carl, who is determined to kill the freakin’ gopher wreaking havoc all over the golfing greens — even if he has to destroy the whole course to do it.

He and the gopher are…

I’m reading the Bhagavad Gita for the first time, and I was instantly struck by the repeated refrain to detach from outcomes. Always act, but

“the wise man lets go of all / results, whether good or bad, / and is focused on the action alone.” [2.50]

To underline the…

Tracey O.

Writer, teacher, photographer & perpetual thinker. Here to share what I find while wandering around in the messy middle of life.

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