Blue Mind: Reading a New Book and Making a Change


Is there anything better than sitting by the ocean, watching the sun go down? I’m reading Blue Mind: The Surprising Science that Shows How Being Near, In, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, by Wallace J. Nichols.

Outside Magazine calls the author a “visionary,” and a reviewer with Library Journal calls his sense of wonder and love for his subject inspiring.

I can’t argue with his passion for the sea–or a river, creek, or lake, for that matter.  Water mesmerizes as it shimmers, ebbs, flows, froths, foams, gurgles, splashes or puddles. When I watch the waves surge over the shore, I can feel my stress melting away.

Found this quote today, which seems relevant as I consider a big decision: “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do, you will sink and drown. Instead you relax and float.” – Alan Watts

It all comes down to faith when you contemplate a change. Either you believe it will make your life better, and you move forward with confidence and hope, or you can’t summon up enough faith, and you’re hamstrung by fear. You stay where you are. You get stuck and never know what might have been on the other side.

Today I’m choosing faith.

Back From The Beach; Ready To Write?

Image copyright M.R. Coulter

Can’t believe our beach vacation went by so fast. Recently I led a workshop at Kennesaw State University; a week later, we were packing for a trip. And now our week is up, we’re home, and the washing machine is chugging away, washing the sand out of our clothes.

At least our memories remain.

I felt sure I’d come home re-energized and ready to write. But the only thing I feel like doing is—well, nothing, to be quite honest. What’s up? I keep asking myself. Why am I dragging when it comes to firing up the computer and getting back to my middle-grade novel?

Ever have that problem, fellow writers? What do you do about it?


Endless Ocean…Endless Love

Gulf Shores tide

The ocean has such a timeless feel, doesn’t it? It’s one of those places that makes me aware of how fleeting our lives are. We’re here a short time, but the tides wash over the sand in a kind of endless dance orchestrated by the moon.

And who hangs the moon that pulls the tides?

Talk about timeless….talk about eternal.

“…there is none like You, O Lord…great is Your love toward me….You have delivered me.” Psalm 86: 8-13, NIV