I can’t believe it’s been nearly five years since I last blogged. . . I promise to do better in the coming year, as soon I will have my short story cycle set on the eastern shore of MD complete, and I will be pounding the proverbial pavement again in search of a publisher. The tentative title of my cycle is Search Party. I believe it speaks to all of humanity in our quest for meaning in a world that is constantly bombarding us with shallow and trivial matters. What is it that makes your heart swell? Makes you stop in your tracks and take in the moment? For me, it is always a return to nature, the light on the water, the snow on the pines, the two hands of a raccoon feeding himself daintily, with decorum. This holiday season let’s shut out the commercials, the chaos, the endless shopping and take moments to breathe, to re-connect with our center and see what truly matters.