A circle is a circle. . .


. . when ends of a line are connected.


I am not sure how to start this post, or what to call it. I am purging to the universe, starting a new year with a clean conscience.  Every morning I write inspiring things, motivational things, spiritual things. Every morning I sit at my computer with a smile. And every morning I’ve started my day bearing what I think may be a grudge.


grudge (ɡrʌdʒ)


  1. 1.     a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury


I write about believing and being, about breathing and smiling and releasing stress. And yet I’ve been weighed down by a feeling I can’t “let go” of.  So today I write to the universe with hopes of releasing the burden of hurt. I was hurt by words and actions that were not in my control but that could have been controlled by others.


“Let it go,” “forgive and forget,” “move forward to the future and leave the past behind”—I can’t. Instead, I will use these uncomfortable feelings in my heart to better myself. I will share my positive energy through experience, not just through words that look good on paper.  Life is full of energy, positive AND negative, and I believe it is necessary to embrace both. Light needs darkness, yin needs yang, positive needs negative.


The more I write, the more the universe listens. I believe in myself, in who I am. I believe in taking the path that leads me to growth. I believe now that my grudge has been lifted, but I will still be the man I am. I will continue to be hurt by the actions of others because I am human with a soul, and I am allowed to feel. I choose not to forget what has transpired because it keeps me strong, but I forgive myself for feeling because I am human. I will let go of the negative energy that surrounds the hurt, but I will remember the lesson I have learned about life, that is, sometimes you can forgive the action but you will never forget the reaction.


My series of books contain heartfelt inspiration pertaining to topics such as choice, challenges, balance, and strength. I face many of the issues I write about, but I continue to smile. I choose to share my positive energy with the world, and so can you.


Walk your path because you can, feel the joy of being you,

Do the things that make you happy, share a smile that is true.







Walk your path. . .

. . .with determined steps.

I am very excited to announce the arrival of BawB’s Raven Feathers Vol III, Hard Cover editions soon to be available in the following stores in Calgary, Our Angels Wellness Center, Devine Mine, New Age books and Gifts, Fallen Angels Creations from Above, Soul Food Books and gifts, Shelf Life Books, The U of C Bookstore, Naughty Nellie  Artisans and Imports, The Bullet Cappucino Bar, Moonstone Creations, Dry Canyon Collectables Drumheller AB, and All Things Beautiful In Invermere BC. Visit each location for in store special offers for Christmas, or contact me directly for your copy at rvnfthrs@telus.net .

Paperback and e-books are available through Iguana Books or all online locations of your favorite store. Stay tuned for launch activities and book signings, and tune into to Goodreads for a giveaway.

My adventure continues with the help of all of my friends who support and believe in me, all of the people I am meeting that just want to share a smile and all of the people I will never meet that find my smile in the wind. Words of Thanks and appreciation are never enough for the wonderful members of my book family, Rachel Small – Editor, Carrie Mumford – Editor/Proof Reader, Fiona Raven –  Book Design, Jessee Wise – Illustrator, Beth Kallman Werner – Author Connections, Dana Faso – Friesens Printing, and Greg Ioannou – Iguana Books.

The path you walk will take you wherever you choose to be, the direction you are heading, the surface you walk on and the weather you walk in are all up to you. Choose sunny skies and no clouds will get in your way, choose a soft path and you will not grow tired, choose a direction that leads you to positive things and you will always grow. Most important is to believe you are going in the right direction, believe you are going to grow and believe in you. What ever you have chosen to do, do it well, do it with a smile, learn from it and share your knowledge of it.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, talk to people that have been to where you are going, ask for help or guidance, it’s ok to be lost occasionally, life doesn’t put up direction signs, but life will open doors of opportunity along the way. Pay attention, walk with your head up and look at the horizon, that text message can wait, life’s  “once in a  lifetime” opportunities will not.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a Very Merry Christmas, and I would like to Thank everyone for reading my Blog and my books, and for help in making my 2013  a wonderful year.

To each and every one of you I send a smile in the wind wrapped in positive energy for the coming year. May you all find happiness wherever you are looking.




Gone for a moment. . .


. . .but never forgetting.


The more I try to understand life, the more I seek new answers. I got the chance to retire and I took it, I put some time and effort into my books and got the first two published and set up the templates for more to follow. I have met some wonderful people and I have found strength in myself that I never knew existed. I have the strength to believe not only in me, but in the fact that others believe in me as well.


The confusing part here is, the time I spent on my books, was what I thought I wanted, I blogged every week, I had freedom to come and go, to be where I needed to be, I was where I thought I wanted to be, then something happened; I found myself missing people, interacting with people, seeing smiles, activity, movement. I found that I was loosing touch with earth energy, I could see it but I couldn’t dip my hand in it to feel it rush by. The energy of all things, the river of life was just out of my reach.


Oh it gets better, I wanted now to get back in the river, slowly mind you, one foot at a time, maybe just stand on the banks for a while to adjust. No, headfirst I went, no worries I thought, I could swim, just a relaxed stroke to stay where I was in the current. The banks seemed to get smaller; the river of energy was getting wider, more people, and more life, more living. I was going too far out, loosing my balance once again, I was losing my creative side, by focusing too much on staying stationary in a current that was getting stronger.


Metaphors aside, I went from one extreme to the other, writing every day to not writing at all. The reality came when my editor asked me to write some pages for BawB’s Raven Feathers Vol III, I said “no problem” but, there was this one little thing; I had nothing. My mind was a complete blank, a writer with no words, and a page with no meaning. I was devastated. But alas, I am a writer now, because I have had no words, because to all of you writers that are smiling, this is what writing is all about. We write because we want to, if we are forced to, we cant, if we choose not to, we miss it, writing is a release for us, a smile that comes form the inside and transforms into words. Keep smiling my friends and keep writing.


I write because I want to, it makes me want to smile

I’ll write these words I have to share, I hope, for quite a while.





So much to write. . .

. . . so little time.


I sit here every week and stare at a blank page, then I smile to myself and say, “Well, I could have been a rocket scientist.” This would have entailed doing amazing things at the drop of a hat, working with formulas written in Greek, and changing the explosive principles of combustible fuels. As it turns out, I am a learner, skilled in many trades, master of none. I can do things that make me smile, and I can smile at the things I do. And I find now that I am happiest when I sit here every week and stare at a blank page.


“We are all a work in progress,” says my friend Beth. Each of us is a blank page ready to be influenced by what we hear or read, stimulated by what we see or smell, and capable of expressing every emotion known to man. So to sit for a moment each week and see a clean, crisp, blank page in front of me is kind of refreshing. It is, I suppose, like looking in a mirror and seeing an expressionless reflection. As I reach for the keyboard, I must provide the reflection—what I did, how I felt, how I reacted to things.


Then I write. That’s what writers do (thanks Carrie). But we don’t all write the same way. Our blank pages are all different. Some are filled with adventure, some with lessons. Others create fictional characters, extensions perhaps of themselves. I write about BawB, a person I know very well, a person whom I am happy to be. I am my own character, the star of my own book. I am the reason for the blank pages and the creator of the words that fill them. “I am what I am ” Thanks Popeye.


It’s funny how the blank page fills so quickly with thoughts, and how our lives fill so quickly with memories. As I mentioned last week, the minutes that fill our lives should be filled with happiness. When we think back about where we have been, we should be able to fill in the blanks, the moments we cant remember, with a smile. You should be able to wake each day with a title page that says, “Today I choose to be happy, and my adventure continues.”


The words that fill your head to describe how you are feeling at any given moment can be edited by you, the author of your life. Fill your pages with positive words, aspirations, dreams, and goals; fill your life with wonder, then wonder how life will turn out.


Turn each page when you’re finished reading, but don’t forget what you’ve read;

For your story of life was written by you, and it should make you smile instead.







When words are written. . .


. . . feelings are shared.


It is not just for the sake of writing that I write; I write also to share what I feel and to offer my opinion on life. To the elderly life is fleeting; they see it pass quickly and know they can’t hold it back. To the young life lasts forever; they are always waiting for and wanting today what will inevitably arrive tomorrow. I seem to be caught in the middle; my life is whizzing by, and yet I seem to be waiting every day for tomorrow to arrive.


It seems recently I actually thought that I was too busy to sit down for a moment. I was busy looking forward to the release of the next volume of my book, I can’t wait for my next trip out with the little camper, and I yearn to feel the wind in my face on the highway with the bike. Ironically, I had thought that I was too busy to write . I felt pressured, feeling that I had to write every week. But when I stopped writing, I felt that I was missing something. I was missing not the writing but the sharing.


My life will pass, as will everyone else’s, and in order to enjoy every minute just a little bit more, I will continue to share what I experience. I will, every day, send to you a hug with words on my Facebook page; I will, with the help of my book family, continue to create the next volumes of my little book; and I will continue to read what you have to share. It is not just to write that I am here, but also to delve into the lives of others’ thoughts, feelings, awakenings, and journeys.


We all share a world, the same world, and we all have adventures, wonderful adventures. If we kept these adventures to ourselves, our libraries and bookstores would be empty warehouses and our stories and tales of laughter, sadness, and drama would go unheard. So I will continue to write; this time, however, I will write with no pressure—not for the sake of having to but for the love of sharing.


A road is a road to all those who see it, and if you take that road you’ll know:

you may not have a direction in mind, but there’s a story to write as you go.







Balance has many levels. . .


. . . but all those levels are equal.


What do you think of when you hear the word “balance”? Do you picture fulcrums, beams, and scales? Do you picture a state of balance, where things are perfectly level and in line. Do you ever think of a balanced lifestyle? Yours, for example? Are you balanced? Do you have equal amounts of work/play, stress/calm, happy/sad in your life?


I’ll bet that in your day-to-day life the last thing you ever think about is a balanced state of mind. In fact, I’ll bet that your life on any given day is about as hectic as anyone could ever imagine. But what if for one day you were mindful of balance? Try something easy at first, like keeping your body in balance by making sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated.


Then, as your day progresses, try something else easy—balance the number of times you smile with the number of times you frown. This one, though, can always be tweaked a little to allow you to smile more, which will balance your spiritual side, but that comes later. We’re still working on the easy things. Now what about your workload—is it possible to balance this as well? You likely have eight working hours in your day, two equal portions of four or four equal portions of two. Can you distribute tasks throughout your day to make your day easier and more balanced?


When your work day ends and you find yourself at home, resume the easy things; balance the time it takes for to you release the day’s stress with the time you take to enjoy the fact that you are home. Talk with your partner, say hello to your pets, share your day—unload the emotion connected to work, and load the feelings of calm that come with just being you. I understand that a lot of you have families, kids, and two or three jobs. Yours may be a very busy life, and I appreciate that, but what I am saying is just think about balancing the moments—your moments.


Find time in your life to breathe, to think about equal amounts of good and bad, busy and resting, night and day. It doesn’t take much to seek balance, and when you balance the time you spend looking for it with the time you are too busy, well, that will be the first step towards achieving it.


Between each step you practice balance, with one foot on the ground,

and balance keeps us all in sync with the life that we have found.





Yesterday is a memory. . .


. . . tomorrow’s on its way.


How far ahead do you plan? Do your plans carry certain expectations? What if something goes wrong? If a glitch appears in your plans, are you disappointed? Or, are you capable of living in the moment and altering plans without so much as furrowing your brow? Life really is difficult sometimes, so it’s important to find balance by controlling your stress levels and increasing your fun times, even while enduring unforeseen circumstance.


They say “live in the moment,” but what does this mean, exactly? If you live in the moment can you still make plans? Yes. Living in the moment means breathing without worrying about your next breath. It means going ahead and making your plans but finding the balance required to understand and appreciate changes. Things are going to happen—let them, then change your plans in the moment.


Life should flow from one moment to the next. One day, one week, should flow to the next. Plans can be made, and then you can flow until the day and time the plans were made for. But try not to wait for that day, as the unwritten laws of physics state: “The object waited for becomes the object furthest away from the moment you are living in.” You’re right, I just made that law up, but this is always what happens when you wait for something, so it should be a law. Instead of waiting, try to have fun with the balance between excitement and nonchalance Too much anticipation can lead to disappointment if “things happen.”


Live your life today and stop worrying about what’s to come. Your life is going to happen, and it will be what you make of it, so make it happy and fulfilling. Use your moments to share a smile, enjoy the little things, and plan for the big things. Spend time both making memories and enjoying them as they happen. Don’t rush tomorrow—it will come, and with it will come 1440 new minutes to live in.


Mother Nature goes out of her way to give you things to see and listen to. She even knows that smells can trigger memories. So out of all the moments of your life, take at least one or two a day to appreciate the beauty of it. In between the plans you’ve made.


When you smile at beauty a memory is made, like a camera’s clicking shutter.

If it’s butterfly you’re smiling at, then take the time to hear her wings flutter.