"I went to Vegas to relax in the desert sun, play, and escape for a
week. Instead, I learned a lot about life, and what was wrong with
"...I realize that I am having what pop psychology calls a 'midlife
crisis,' and I find someone, a spiritual director, to talk to about it.
She gets to know me intimately and tells me that I am the most
"connected" when I am in my garden with my roses, cannas, lilies,
butterflies and birds. I sense that she is right, but I don't know what
it is that I am connected to..."
"I recently sat down and asked myself: What is my role? To me the word
implied something inherently false."
"I drive from one area of the country to another, criss-crossing
America, up and down both coasts. The whole time I'm writing wonderful
stories that editors are eager to receive. I stop occasionally and
spend time with people, but mostly I'm writing and traveling,
"I had to trust that the many parts of my seemingly fragmented life had
a wholeness to them, some kind of plan that ended in abundant living..."
"Ten to twenty percent of the people chasing gold fever in the Yukon
were women. The lure of immense wealth overcame their fear of the