The Secret of Happiness



“To be able to find joy in another’s joy: that is the secret of happiness.”
— Georges Bernanos — Chicago, IL

Time to Celebrate!



Today I had a party to celebrate my book being published this year! It went live online at the end of August. It was so nice having my friends and family here to support me. It’s been a long process since the beginning when I had the idea for my book in 2009. I am grateful I found Balboa Press to help me see my project though. It felt especially good to hear how proud my parents are of me. When I started this project with another company, they weren’t so thrilled. To make a long story short, the first company went out of business. The second company took over the projects as a favor to the first, but then dropped me three years later without having produced anything they said they would. So, in 2014 I produced my own book with Shutterfly. It was expensive, even with their sales, and I knew I needed to find another way to publish my book so I could sell it for a reasonable price.

Actually, one of my friends who came to the party introduced me to Hay House Radio and the “I Can Do It” conferences. I went to one in 2012 by myself and then to another one in 2014 with her. While walking around the event, I thought I’d give my information to the representative of Balboa Press, the self publishing division of Hay House Publishing. I had been doing research into self publishing, but hadn’t started anything with any of them at that point. So, when Balboa Press called, I was excited and decided to start working with them. I’m so glad I did! They were so thorough and helpful. Others complained about having a new representative for each division of the process, but I loved it. To me, it meant I was working with the person who knew the most about that part of the process and I was in good hands.

I am happy with how the book turned out and am proud to have my name on the cover. It’s not necessarily a coffee table book like I planned, but it looks good. I plan on writing another book and will most likely use Balboa Press again.





“The power that created you, heals you.”
— Anonymous — Kenya, Africa




“The heart does not label or manipulate, it just allows.”
— Stephen Levine — Santa Monica, California

Help Someone Get Up A Hill



“You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”
— H. Norman Schwarzkopf — Green Sands Beach, Hawaii

The View from Above



“You must scale the mountain if you would view the plain.”
— Chinese Proverb — Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Remembering Pearl Harbor on the 74th Anniversary


During my honeymoon with my husband in 2010, we visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Here are some of my pictures from that day. Thanks to Photoshop, I could adjust the light to make the images sharper and pop. I adjusted the levels a little because it had been raining that day and the light was a bit flat. Normally, I love clouds for flowers and macro shots, but not for these pictures. I’m also listing the links to the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri for your reference.

The Beginning



“Every artist was first an amateur.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson — Santa Monica, CA




“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.”
— Henry Ward Beecher — San Francisco Conservatory

The One I Didn’t Take

Never turning my back against
The Wailing Wall,
I walked away.
Looking up, I noticed
two black birds
facing each other on
The Western Wall
sitting in a crevice of the stone.

It would have been
a beautiful picture,
but I didn’t take it.
I honored the Sabbath instead.

Others took pictures,
but I didn’t.
I felt guilty and torn.
I wanted that photo,
but I was respecting the feelings
of the worshipers.

Against my will
I followed the rules of the Sabbath.
I have a thousand other pictures
that are beautiful and just as meaningful as
the one I didn’t take.


Jerusalem, Israel