Summer Lunch at Arcata Marsh

Eifert Mural of Arcata Marsh

Arcata marsh is a stage

of avian players who

dip, dive, and glide overhead.

Scratchy old men feed

plucky gulls below.

Tripodded figures hide

amongst a sea

of towering cattails.

Checkered mud flats

stretch languidly out to the bay.


2006 rev2011

Arcata, CA

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Thoughts on the Redwood Forests

falling to the sky
a trail of wood and of leaf
becomes a redwood.~Jon Carnes…and more homage to the Redwoods …beautiful!

gaze up to beyonda cocooned ceiling of greenenvelopes our hearts ~Diane Carnes

At Cathedral Grove

Sacred Stillness
I’ve spent many hours with these humble giants.

towering redwoods
surround me
sounds of silence

~  Michelle Corbin

I love, love, LOVE these haikus. I spent many hours in the Redwoods of northern CA….the Redwood forest is nature’s cathedral in my book.  There is nothing like that energy….the ISNESS of those giant tree beings is beyond words…we can only try to express a smidgeon of their presence….

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Favorite Peace Quote

It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart.” …Unknown

Photo by Bobby Taboada

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Oh What Silliness and Delight is Love!

Jon Carnes

Dancing unabashedly to renditions of The William Tell Overture

Talking and laughing about nothing until the wee hours of the night

Stealing little kisses when noone is looking

Being unaware of the passage of time (1 hour seems like 5 minutes)

Being incredibly tired at work from lack of sleep

Cherishing each silly moment

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Children’s Books in the works:

Have You Ever Made a Fairy Princess?

This will become a picture book for 3 – 7 year olds that is inspired by own love of nature and flowers.   I used to spend endless time creating imaginary fairy princesses out of the flowers of the Rose of Sharon bush that grew in our backyard on Leroy Street.  The buds became the fairy’s head and the flower her gossamer dress.  My class at CSL has kicked me in the proverbial derriere to express myself creatively as there has been so much incubating for so long.  Janelle, my classmate, has created some artwork that is still in the draft stages. My first children’s book was a picture board book I made called:  “What do I hear?”  I gave it to Violet (my granddaughter) for her 1st birthday.  It was a joy to create.   Here is the link:  What do I hear?

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Summertime at Arcata Marsh

The salt-water marsh is a stage —

birds dip, dive, and glide overhead.

A game board of checkered mud flats

stretches out to the bay.

Scratchy old men on picnic benches

pass away their days

while plucky gulls circle their feet.

A cacophony of bird-calls in surround-sound

overload the senses.

Tripodded figures catch rare beauty

amongst towering cattails

in a bird-watchers paradise.


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So many times I wanted to kiss your cheek or neck today
so many times I wanted to reach out my hand
to touch your arm or your back

But instead
I smile slightly
and settle for listening to you whistle down the hall.

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Favorite Quotes

A great man is always willing to be little. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.  ~Maya Angelou

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. ~Maya Angelou

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. ~Maya Angelou

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. ~Edgar Allan Poe

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. ~Robert Frost

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. ~Robert Frost

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair. ~Robert Frost

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. ~Robert Frost

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. ~Robert Frost

If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works. ~Louise L. Hay

A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town. ~Henry David Thoreau

All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning. ~Henry David Thoreau

Be not simply good – be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. ~Henry David Thoreau

Every thought we think is creating our future.  ~Louise L. Hay

The point of power is always in the present moment. ~Louise L. Hay

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Hello Friends and Family,

Heartfelt congrats go to my niece, Theresa, who has published her first book!   To a wonderfully-Inspired boss, a great life coach, a truly spirit-filled person, all of life’s blessings are wished for her.  It was an honor to be her “wingman”…
We all have a choice in how we react in the face of failure.  Do we let us beat us or do we rise to the challenge and prevail?  One of the greatest indicators of our success is in fact, how we handle our setbacks.  They present unique opportunities for growth, for character development, that no amount of success could create for us.

Rebounding: A Practical Guide to Getting Up (and Getting Over It!) by Theresa Salihu-Musso explores these opportunities through a blend of personal experiences and practical suggestions.   Discover your own personal power and vulnerability as you share experiences from the author’s failure in her business and her first marriage, learning the art of digging deep and moving on.  Giving you a 30-day radical action plan and personal journal, she presents an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, forgive, heal, and forge forward into the great unknown of your best future possibilities!

Click here to order Rebounding from

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