Celebrating Mr. Woodman’s Music and Life – After He’s Gone

Alex Woodman was my son’s favorite teacher.

A few weeks ago, Alex Woodman died suddenly at 59. It’s taken time to process, for me and for the whole community. There are no words to describe this man, but because he loved stories, and words are where I go when I’m trying to understand things, I offer these up. Continue Reading


Amador-able: Go Get You Some

In the Sierra Nevada foothills lies the county of Amador. Its rolling hills are dotted with oaks and vineyards. In the Autumn, shades of yellow, orange, and red smear together across the Shenandoah Valley like oils on a palette. Tiny, historic towns with storefronts reminiscent… Continue Reading


When your ‘why’ is bigger than your ‘but’

Motivation. What is it? Where do you find some when your go is gone? When your “why” is bigger than your “but”, that’s where.

I want to get healthy BUT I don’t want to give up dessert after dinner.
I want to lose weight, BUT I don’t want to give up chocolate chip cookies.
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Cottonwood Writer, Daughter Lend Voices to Book on Bipolar Disorder

A new anthology called “Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion,” features Cottonwood writer Jamie Weil and her daughter, Amanda, who share their story of discovering Amanda’s early onset bipolar condition at the age of 12. With a foreword by… Continue Reading