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Oysters and Pearls

Recently, I’ve been listening to Jimmy Buffett’s Encore 2 CD set of hits while taking the canine kids for drives around town, running errands, or heading to appointments. I’ve played this CD so many times, it has deep groves in the vinyl.

As I was singing along to “Oysters and Pearls” one afternoon, the chorus was stuck in my head.


Some people love to lead
And some refuse to dance.
Some play it safely, other take a chance.
Still it’s all a mystery
This place we call the world
Where most live as oysters
While some become pearls.


Some never fade away, some crash and burn
Some make the world go round, other watch it turn.
Still it’s all a mystery
This place we call the world.
Most are fine as oysters
While some become pearls

Hmm…Oysters and Pearls…

Haven’t some of us been both, at one point in our lives?

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When I won the Da Vinci Eye Award for my ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances, in 2015, published by Ocean Spirit Photography, I felt like a pearl – so proud, so confident, to have collaborated with five talented Missouri women authors, my husband, and a wonderful designer, to ultimately publish this inspirational book of poetry and photography.

When I realized I wouldn’t be able to bear children, I felt like an oyster, even a failure. A deep chasm was left in my heart.

But quickly, I felt like a pearl again, when I was able to mentor a select group of youth at O’Fallon Christian Church for three years. And what awesome adults these kids have grown up to be – Riliegh, Sidney, Tyler, and Ben.

Some say the key to life is moderation. “You need to crack open the oyster to find the pearl.” (author unknown)

I like that a lot.

So maybe, in our own way, we’re oysters on the outside?

We don’t realize our own potential until we go out on a limb, take a risk, learn how to scuba dive, ride a horse, walk across a ranging stream to reach that waterfall, or whatever it is we crave to get excited about life….and you!

My little kitten, Ireland (aka Tater Tot), sure knows how to live life. She is pure joy! All I have to do is look at her, and the corners of my mouth upturn in a grin. Everything is an adventure for this fur baby. She loves chasing foil balls, talking to cardinals through the French doors, watching squirrels on the deck, stalking her brother from behind the footstool, trying new treats, and snoozing on my lap in the cool of the evening.

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But me…I’ve been playing it safe, except for vacation, when anything is possible.

Why is it for most of us, we hide in our bubble after arrive home from a vacation adventure?

Today, I’m going to make a promise to you, that I’ll try to take more risks in life.

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I’m not sure where this adventure will lead, but I’m going to finish those writing projects that have been collecting dust, explore my local area, dance more, laugh more and be the tree hugger nerd that I truly am.

Hopefully, I’ll feel more like a pearl than an oyster…every day.

Care to join me?

Peace out and love,




The inspiring night sky – planets and nebulas – Oh my!

DSC_1584 moon in skyAt around 9 p.m. last night, hubby and I loaded up the back seat of the Equinox with two dogs, a tripod, camera, and flashlight.  We cruised down highway DD to Brommelsiek Park for the Friday night sky viewing hosted by the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri.

As we pulled into the pitch black parking lot, I noticed at least thirty to forty cars – a good turnout for the evening.

The Society meets Friday nights, beginning at dusk for an open house.  Astronomers set up their telescopes on paved areas, while visitors can get a glimpse of the night sky and ask astronomers questions.

Tonight was particularly breathtaking – the sky lit up like fireflies dotting the ink blue-black atmosphere.

Hubby found a designated concrete pad, and set up camera and tripod. I strolled around with my canine child and conversed with the astronomers.

First stop, I met Jim Trull.  His telescope was locked-in to a ring nebula.  A ring nebula blows off hydrogen (or expels gas) into interstellar space.  It’s a star that has collapsed and looks like a Cheerio when viewed through the lens of the telescope.

Next stop, I gazed at a fuzzy oval-shaped white mass called a Globula cluster.  According to Wikipedia, a Globula cluster is a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core as a satellite.  Or you can remember it in simpler terms – a Globula cluster circles the galaxy like moths around a light, or pods around a plate.

At my last stop, I met John Sgouros.  His telescope sat low to the ground.  He used a Newtonian reflector (which uses a primary mirror, a secondary mirror and a reflector) attached to a Dobsonian mount.

I knelt on the ground and looked through the focuser to view Saturn, and its bright white mesmerizing rings. Off to the planet’s left, I located Titan – the fifteenth of Saturn’s moons, and the largest.  Incredible!

The viewing brought back good and bad memories of my college Astronomy class.  The fun part was learning about the night sky.  The hard part was remembering the chemistry.

I sauntered back to where hubby was relaxing on the concrete; faithful dog by his side.  His Galaxy Notepad app was set up for Google Sky.  Pointing his Notepad directly over our heads, the app identified all the stars, galaxies, and planets with their shapes and names in red.

A young couple with their son stopped by to see what we were doing. My husband explained to the boy how to use the app.  The boy thought it was pretty cool.  Upon leaving, I could hear him asking Mom if he had that app on his iPhone.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening.  It’s always good to learn something new, and dust off those cob webs about stuff you’ve learned and somehow forgotten.

And if you’re not busy, stop by Brommelsiek Park Astronomy Site, 1650 Schwede Road, Wentzville on a cloudless Friday night.  It’s free.

The Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri is doing great things.