A New Country Every Night!

The pandemic has stopped all of my travel plans, so I have been forced to armchair travel.  It may sound boring, but it gives me a taste of which countries I want to travel to in the future.

So far I have visited the Congo, Afghanistan, Zanskar, Tajikistan, India, Iran, Benin and Bhutan. Through YouTube documentaries I have cooked in remote villages in India with colorful spices and have driven through dangerous steep mountain roads in the the Hindu Kush.

Armchair travel has been fun, and I’m learning a lot about new places as I add them to my bucket list of places to travel.

The pandemic has lasted much longer than expected, and appears to not be going away, so for me, its about how can I continue to do the things that I love in a safe way that inspire and motivates me to get through the hard times.

Wherever you are, even if it is sitting on your own couch, you can still travel if your passion is to experience other cultures, other countries, or worlds other than your own.  Travel is a way of enriching your life, your knowledge, and your understanding of what life is like elsewhere.

Below is a link to one of my books about my own travel experiences.  Travel has always renewed my spirit and provided me with a sense of adventure. In Nomadic Tales of a Traveling Counselor, I explore my own fears through solo and group experience to some of the most beautiful remote places on earth.



Spicy Slum Pickles

Want to spice up everyday refrigerator pickles with something spicy?  Try our spicy slum pickles!


8 oz miniature cucumbers, halved

2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped

½ inch ginger, sliced into thin medallions

1/8-¼ tsp whole black peppercorns

¼ tsp turmeric

½ tsp dry dill

¼ tsp cardamom

1 tsp salt

1 tsp granulated sugar

½ vinegar

½ water to cover

To Make combine ingredients in a jar, and refrigerate for at least two days. Enjoy!

Don’t be a Feckle Head!

Feckle Head and his cat Lucky Feister have anger problems and together they find annoying each other fun until one day Feckle Head discovers that it feels better to be happy. A humorous story about an angry man and his feisty cat who make the decision to be happy.

Life Warrior – The Everyday Summit

A transformational metaphysical journey to becoming a leader and warrior within.

Embark on one of the most rewarding and challenging adventures that you have ever taken. As a warrior, your journey is a solo one in which you will commit to a new path, one of personal strength and power that will ultimately lead to a new life.

A new path, the warriors path is about to begin if you are ready this moment offers you a new journey, one that will change your life forever.

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle



Hot Stuff!

On a recent trip to my local outdoor garden market, I found that most of the veggies and herbs were already gone.  There were a few pots of chili peppers left.  I had planted some peppers from seeds and was going to pass on purchasing anything, then came across a pepper that I did not recognize, Chocolate Barrackpore Chili, so I decided to add it to our tiny garden.

I got the pepper home and then did some research.  I found this online.

“Chocolate Barrackpore is a rare 7 pod pepper from Trinidad. If you love the insanely hot peppers, this is one for you. Of all the 7 pod peppers the Chocolate Barrackpore is insane and we have seen people curled up in a fetal position after eating this screamingly hot pepper.”

In the world of peppers, the chocolate barrackpore chili ranks high:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,000,000 – 1,300,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 1,150,000 SHU
  • Origin: Trinidad
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 125 to 520 times hotter
  • Flavor: Sweet, Fruity, Bright, Bitter

Not sure that I will be brave enough to try this one but Tim loves the heat and and will most likely come up with a fabulous new recipe that I can share in the future.

I would love to hear from others who have tried this pepper!

Restless Soul Syndrome

Enter the world of psychotherapy and the search for purpose and meaning.

Through individualized therapy sessions, explore common everyday struggles with career, life changes, relationship conflict, grief and loss.

Some people simply question, while others search for a lifetime.  What are you searching for?

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle



Helping Kids to Adjust to Life Post Pandemic

Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic

Through the use of storytelling and humor, Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic is about a cat that had adjusted to his nutty human parents being home with him every day. But now he has to adjust to his parents going back to work and life resuming as it was before the pandemic. This story is about how Pinkerton the cat copes with anxiety as life changes and moves forward again.

Available at Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle




A Home Filled with Soul

A few years ago I bought a rather large house in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The house was at an elevation of over 7000 feet and had huge natural wooden beams in the vaulted ceiling and on the 27 step staircase to the loft.  The fireplace was built of natural stone.  It was a beautiful house with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It was actually to large for myself, but I loved it.

Shortly after I moved into it, I discovered a tiny village near Show Low, Arizona.  I spotted a tiny house for sale and immediately fell in love with it.  It was rustic and had a lot of character.  Although the tiny village was not off grid, it was somewhat off grid, only a few miles from town.  I was disappointed because if I hadn’t purchased my large house, I would have purchased the tiny house and have experienced a new lifestyle.

Now I live in a small 1000 foot home.  The size feels large with the exception of having literally no storage space, something I neglected to notice when I purchased it, but because of its size, I know that I could downsize again and minimize what I have on an even smaller scale.

I think about how when we release what we do not need and minimize our collection of material goods, that we see and experience life in a new and different way.  What was once important, no longer is.  Our time is not spent on yard work, cleaning the house, or making home repairs, but is spent on what truly matters to us.

Large houses cost more money to repair, to heat, and to cool.  The more space we have, the more stuff we naturally accumulate.

It’s inspiring to watch others downsize and live tiny.  At a time when life is so precious and most of us are facing some kind of major life change or challenge, it leads me to reflect on what I have, what’s important, and what needs to go.

Tiny living?  I would love to experience it some day.  I don’t want to get lost in the clutter of life.  One or two frying pans, a few forks and spoons, what else do we need other than  a home filled with soul.

Flavorful Fiddlehead Ferns

I first tried fiddlehead ferns last year for the first time and was somewhat reluctant to try them.  Not something you see in your everyday grocery store.  Not knowing what to expect, but surprised at the taste, a mix between asparagus and spinach, was really flavorful.

Fiddlehead ferns can be found in the springtime growing in the forest and in damp shaded environments.  Nutritionally they are packed full of vitamins including:  protein, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Not to be eaten raw, they need to be boiled until tender first and then can be fried, sauteed or baked.  We made a tasty meal of sauteed fiddleheads in garlic, mushrooms and olive oil, with gluten free pasta and vegan Parmesan cheese for me and a squeeze of lemon.  Nutritious and tasty.

Again, do not eat anything you pick wild or raw unless you are sure you know what you are eating.  Fiddlehead ferns can also be ordered online through specialty suppliers.