I start to get pretty excited when March rolls around because it means winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. In the Pacific Northwest, our winters are mild, but it's often gray and rainy, and I'm ready for the renewal that begins in spring.
Winter was particularly tough for me this year. My father died a few weeks ago on February 1, and most of my month has been spent contemplating life and loss. He was a wonderful father, husband, and human being, and I miss him greatly.
I have been focused on family, and I haven't spent as much time communicating with my readers as I normally do. I did teach a Crystals in Everyday Life class just this past weekend in Portland, and it was nice to get back to a piece of normal life. Thank you to all who attended. You were a lovely group, and I truly enjoyed sharing my passion for crystals with all of you.
I've also been writing when I have had time. I'm working on two books (with two different publishers) right now: a Reiki book and a new crystals book. I'm excited to share information about these two topics, which mean so much to me. I'll keep you posted as we get closer to publication.
And so, I move onward into spring. This month, I'll be teaching two classes (Dream Interpretation and Crystals for Healing) at the Oregon Ghost Conference in Seaside, OR. If you come to the conference, which is March 23-25, please stop by my table and say hi. I'll be sharing a table, as I always do, with my good friend author Nicole Strickland, who writes wonderful books about the haunted RMS Queen Mary.
Finally, I can't move from February to March without mentioning one of my favorite places in the world, Wellington, Washington. It was the subject of my very first book, Avalanche of Spirits, and the site of a devastating avalanche that killed about 100 people in 1910. Today (March 1) marks the 108-year anniversary of that tragedy, and as always I wish to remember those who lost their lives as well as those who worked tirelessly to save them. They remain always in my heart.