How Long Would You Survive?

Did you ever want to run away from home? Did you pack a bag? If you had to go off-grid, how long would you survive on what you packed? Perhaps you were six-years-old, packed your toys, and really didn’t plan to survive off-grid—you planned to walk to grandma’s house. Or you might have been thirteen and tired of sharing with your older brother or sister, so you packed a little more aware of what you needed to survive. But how long would you survive on what you packed?  My protagonist and his siblings in Fellowship must run for their lives. They escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with little more than what’s on their back. They use evasion and survival skills but the mountains aren’t very forgiving. Will they survive? Today’s internet and reality TV may make you think you know how to survive in that kind of a situation, but do you really? Survival Quiz Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge. No cheating. Answer to the best of your ability without looking up the answer or reading ahead. How long can a healthy adult live without water? List four different ways to find water. Name […]

Do Things From Your Soul

Do you know who you are? Deep down inside. Some people call it the soul, some call it your heart of hearts, and others call it your true self or even your passion. You know when you are doing things from your soul because you are happier, more content. It feels right. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you.  A joy. – Rumi You have made choices that put you where you are today. Are you doing things from your soul? Not necessarily your day job—sometimes you a job is what you must do. That’s okay as long as you find a way to do what you are meant to do. From Your Soul Doing things from your soul means that you make decisions from a place that feeds or supports your soul, that makes that river of joy move inside you. Your passion or heart project fills a void that makes you complete. Do you know what those things are? The things that move you, that bring you joy?  For some people, it’s one of the arts. Music, illustrating, sculpting, writing. Other people find that joy in gardening or running a race […]

Unimpressed to Loving the Blue Ridge Mountains

A soft blue haze enveloped the first mountains I ever saw. They didn’t impress me much. In the distance, they looked like rolling hills. Then came the drive up the mountains, through the mountains, and along the ridge. Each curve, dip, and climb yielded breath-taking vistas of forested mountains, bald knobs, and valleys swathed in the blue haze. I was in grade school during that first trip. I went from unimpressed to loving the Blue Ridge Mountains and that mysterious blue haze. I made many trips to the area as a child. I no longer recall all the details, when and exactly where, but there are moments etched in my memory. Memorable moments include a walk to a gorgeous waterfall, a climb to a rocky knob, and the larger-than-my-sister bear cub that sat three feet behind my little sister who played on the picnic table in the next camping site. Little did I know then that these mountains would become the backdrop and setting for the world of My Soul to Keep. They are integral to the story of Fellowship. World’s Second Oldest The Blue Ridge Mountains formed about 1.1 billion to 250 million years ago. South Africa’s Barberton greenstone […]