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On the road to liberation (or someplace like it...)

I sold my home and left my job to become a vagabond and a writer.  It took eighteen months and an unexpected battle with early stage breast cancer, but I walked away from my life in southern California in July 2018.  

It's time to embrace the unknown.  It's time to take risks for my freedom.  It's time to learn more about myself by learning more about the world I live in.  

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July 19, 2019

I was aware that people stared at me.  I stood out, but the woman who had built this temple wished for people of all castes and religions to offer prayers here.  So here I was, walking barefoot with flowers in my hands and an offering of devotion in my heart.

June 2, 2019

"My romance with time - a slow, sensual dance that I’d been enchanted by for weeks - felt like it was changing. It was taking on the edgier feel of a familiar partnership where expectations and demands creep in and the tempo changes."

~ Calista, Slow Dance to Santiago


March 11, 2019

We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.   

~ Rumi

Details.  Sometimes in the present moment, all of the details feel so important.  I find myself reaching out to gather them and tuck them away for safekeeping, only to discover that there's a hole in the p...

February 18, 2019

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

~ Hans Hoffman

A couple months ago, a friend asked me to write an article or post about my “stuff”.   Specifically, she wanted to know how I managed to pack my whole world into...

January 31, 2019

Carried away by the

current, my heart

crumbled into a million pieces.

"Ma!"  I cried.  "Help

me gather them up."

But she only asked me, "Why?"      

~ Calista, written in a cafe in Nosara in January 2019

Midnight came quickly.  A wave of music carried me...

December 19, 2018

"You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all."

~ Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging

As 2018 draws to a close and my time in Peru comes to an end, I wanted to share some reflections about...

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There is a deep longing in me that will no longer be silenced.

It tells me stories of my own beauty and ruggedeness.

It sings to me of my wildness, and assures me that my freedom is worth taking risks for.