• bohemian,  livelihood,  self-publishing ebooks,  simple living,  want to life

    Redesign & Reboot for 2017

    New Year. New Design. New eBook. Bohemian Reflections got a redesign this month. I streamlined the navigation and gave the design a fresh 2017 look. My favorite and bestselling print of all time, Bee on a Bed of Roses, is front and center. Get your copy HERE. As you may know, I left full-time education administration in 2015. It has taken a few months, but I have settled in to a new lifestyle as community college professor, working artist, and urban farmer. The new life demanded a reboot in how I approach blogging and social media. You may notice Bohemian Reflections has a new tag line: Living The Want To Life. That…

  • bohemian,  change

    Embracing Whimsy

    in times of change Whimsy: extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression In 1986, I graduated from college, married, started grad school, and took my first office job. It was a year of changes. A pair of wild cat oven mitts came into my life that same year. After 30 years, I’m not sure if I bought them or if they were a gift, but they have been a fixture in my kitchen ever since. The mitts have done their job in eight kitchens. They’ve been packed and unpacked through two graduate degrees, a divorce, eight employers, and three rounds of self-employment. With the help of those wild cats, I have…

  • bohemian,  livelihood,  peace,  simple living,  updates

    Never too late. Never too old.

    I have spent the last week decompressing. Friday, May 1, I ventured off in a new direction in my life and my career. Instead of focusing on the ## and the $$ on someone else’s bottom line, I will be focusing on my own dreams and passions. It was time for a change, and I made the change. There is never a perfect time to make a change, but there is always space for change in all of our lives. I think we often let fear prevent us from making change. That fear might stem from money worries or concern about what others may think about the change we want…

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  • bohemian,  business,  essential oils,  food,  herbs

    Mountain Rose Herbs & Essential Oils

    You will notice a banner at the top of most pages and in the sidebar advertising Mountain Rose Herbs. Yes, I am an affiliate for this top quality supplier of dried herbs, essential oils, teas, and spices. They have been in business since 1987 and adhere to sustainable and organic practices; I recommend reading their Guiding Principles. Not many companies are as uncompromising in their practices. I recommend their products not because I am an affiliate, but because I am a customer and know the quality of both the products and the customer service. I know many of my friends purchase essential oils and other botanicals from a variety of…

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  • bohemian,  christianity,  faith,  politics,  progressive,  religion

    Intimate knowledge

    I have read this piece by Frank Schaeffer twice. It’s funny, and it’s a super promotion for his newest book. But more than that, I get what he is talking about. And I think he is right. There are just too many of us who don’t simply have a book knowledge or observational knowledge of how far-right, literalist, fundamentalist, evangelicals think. We have an insider’s intimate knowledge that comes from having been one of them. We know how they think because we used to think that way, too. The ranks of post-evangelicals is growing. The so-called Nones may be checking none as a religious affiliation, but they are checking something…

  • bohemian,  decisions,  family,  gender,  women

    Happy Childfree Day to Me

    …today, May 8, 2011, is Mother’s Day in the United States. It’s a day when people take time to show their appreciation to their moms. Some don’t even particularly like their moms, but they buy the cards and the flowers anyway. Last night, on Mother’s Day eve, the card and flower sections at Wal-mart were jammed with people who had waited until the last minute to decide whether or not they wanted to get something for their mother. Lucky for me, no human being has to spend any time wondering if I deserve their thanks on Mother’s Day. I never had any children. By choice. Not by accident. I’ve read…