Mary Oliver wrote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

I know what George Bailey planned to do in It’s a Wonderful Life. As a young man George is desperate to get out of Bedford Falls to make a name for himself and change the world. He wants not only a taste of the world, he wants a big bite, to devour it. He’s the quintessential carpe diem guy.

In the end, it becomes clear that George did change the world, but it was the not way he thought it would look.

They say life is what happens when we’re busy making plans. I’ve found that life rarely turns out the way we think it’s supposed to, but oftentimes, as it’s been in my life, it’s so much more than I could have imagined.

I’ve gone out with the intention of trying to change the world, but in reality, what gets changed is usually me. And I am reminded, it was an inside job all along. Like George Bailey.

And then there’s Mrs. Kravitz, from the sitcom, Bewitched. She was my people-watching inspiration. Mrs. Kravitz was misunderstood.  She wasn’t nosey, Gladys Kravitz was a pioneer who cared.  A self-contained Neighborhood Watch, she was a trailblazer for little, timid girls like me. 

Like Gladys, I’m curious. And I’m not a hifalutin woman. I like the simple things, like leftover gnocchi for breakfast after a run on a gimpy ankle along the Arno.

I love to laugh, cry when necessary, cook, eat, feed people, travel and stay home.

I’m a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife, a friend, a lover of all things IMA Guatemala, an aspiring on-camera and voice over actor, public speaker, a people watcher, evidence gatherer, a dot-connector—an avid note taker which makes me a writer. Which I’m finding, is one of the reasons I’m here.

I’m grateful.

So here are my notes. This website is a platform for sharing some of the evidence I’ve found. I hope you will find clues in some of the photos and thoughts–best for me would be if it helped you connect some of your dots.

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