On a Whimsical Tide

Hi you,

The other day as I sat in a room full of people the muted roar of talking suddenly became the ocean to me, with its ebb and flow, power, and potential to open majestic worlds for us to explore.

It made me see conversation in a new way, kind of as a vast frontier to be explored, and has made me so happy to be alive with the power of being able to communicate. It’s incredible to be human.

Counting my blessings,

L. Raine

Loneliness is not a Waste of Time

Hi you,

I’ve been learning a lot about how to let the loneliness serve me, how to let the spaces and lapses that life inevitably holds teach me about identity.

We all wonder who we really are, deep down inside.

At least I do,

L. Raine

Summer Beach Camping at Carolina Beach, NC

Hi you,

Among the dazzle of the beach vacation lies a humbler option: camping. Having put it on my NC bucket list a few years ago it was a delight to accept the offer to go with friends.

It was hot, but wonderful. I’ll always have best memories of a July weekend spent in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.


L. Raine

7 Ways to Experience the Parisian Lifestyle


Sometimes I play a little game abroad of finding the things I’d do if I lived in a place. Paris is filled with things to my taste: having so many gardens, pretty walks, and delectable food, as well as an exquisite taste in fashion.

This is my take on the Parisian lifestyle, and how to experience it, here and there.

Best and Worst Days as a Kid + a Childhood Dream come True

I wanted two things for most of my growing up: to go to summer camp and to have a treehouse. What could be more cool than to climb to a little house high up in the tree, that was just for kids?! When my nieces and nephews wanted to show me their tree house on their back 40, there was no way in a hot Oklahoman day that I was not going to go see that. Are you kidding?

Come join.

4 Healing Tips for the Chronically Anxious Person


Anxiety is usually in capital letters in the heads of people who deal with it. It's blocky, bold, and baleful. In short, it's everything that will not be ignored or managed through common sense and reason. Common sense says, "you can trust your friends," reason points out that the reason you do is because they have proven trustworthy, and then anxiety comes along and sticks a sneaky knife in your back: "if they don't betray you outright, what if they forget about you? What if they drop the friendship because it is no longer convenient to them?"

Anxiety is unreasonable, and for those who have dealt with the chronic version of it, a formidable enemy. It's one of those intangible mental and emotional things that the rest of world labels as worry, which is somewhat correct, only it's much bigger than the occasional worry. Instead of being something you identify: "I'm worried my car is going to be an expensive repair," it becomes a general dread and unease about life. 

"Something is wrong and I can't identify it."