Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Backward, turn backward...

I always think of the first few lines of this poem on Christmas Eve, wanting to capture the wonder of being a child again.  I never knew the rest of the verse... 

Being that I lost my mom several years ago, while reading it my sadness seeps in. Yet in some way I also find it soothing as if it could rock me to sleep...

Rock Me to Sleep

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;—      
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—      
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,—   
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay,—   
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away;
Weary of sowing for others to reap;—   
Rock me to sleep, mother – rock me to sleep!

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded, our faces between:
Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I tonight for your presence again.
Come from the silence so long and so deep;—   
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like mother-love ever has shone;
No other worship abides and endures,—      
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
Slumber’s soft calms o’er my heavy lids creep;—      
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it drop over my forehead tonight,
Shading my faint eyes away from the light;
For with its sunny-edged shadows once more
Haply will throng the sweet visions of yore;
Lovingly, softly, its bright billows sweep;—   
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Mother, dear mother, the years have been long
Since I last listened your lullaby song:
Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Womanhood’s years have been only a dream.
Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;—      
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Rock me to sleep, MOM, -- rock me to sleep!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Is About You!

This is not about's about YOU.  It's simple and it's easy. You can do it...I know you can. The best thing about it is that it will take only 10 minutes. Everybody can find 10 minutes... 
A World Wide Walk is about you doing something for YOU. You deserve it. You deserve to take a little bit of "you time" and do something good for yourself!   

I walk every day for me. Sometimes I don't feel like it but I do it anyway. Sometimes I'm too busy, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I'm too tired, but I do it anyway. I do it for me...

Every November 1st I complete another year of walking every day in a row. (2014 was my 5th year)  To celebrate the wonders of walking, I am personally inviting my friends around the world to go for a walk (run, bike, swim) all you have to do is be active for 10 minutes on each November 1st. 

Anywhere, Any place, Any time. 
It doesn't have to be far or fast, just a walk with purpose. 

World Wide Walk details here. If you are "IN" let me know where you are walking by e-mail or on the Facebook event page. Send photos! 
I would love to see a piece of your world...
Have A Great Walk

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Make Today Confident!

Going through the Sunday paper I spotted an ad that shouted out,  "MAKE TODAY CONFIDENT."  I paused and then repeated it to myself.  Just reading those words gave me a hold my head up, stand up straight and walk tall kind of a feeling. Yes, today I am confident and I can accomplish anything! 

I set out for my walk that day without a set plan, but with a positive attitude.  Before I knew it I had walked an hour up one hill, and then another and another and... 
Later when I sat at my desk with a long list of daunting tasks that I didn't want to do, I thought "make today confident!"  I sat up straight and tackled an item on that list, and then another and another and...
By making today confident you believe in yourself. You trust that you can walk that extra mile, hike that tough trail and accomplish your goals. Determination sets in. With confidence you can do things that you might not have even tried.  An "I'm not sure" turns into a "yes I can!"  I am now making each day confident and have learned that a little bit of confidence can go a long way...

"Yes I Can!"

Twenty Five Years And Still Walking

This is Walking Connection's 25th year of not just talking the talk but walking the walk!!! It was 1989, I had been working in a marketing job for Nike. Gene was directing major conventions across the country... but we wanted something more. 
We wanted to do good. We needed to do something that would directly impact people in  a positive way to help them live a healthy and active lifestyle. Walking was the vehicle...          


Our business model has evolved many times over. Obstacles have gotten in the way that we have had to either climb over, go around, detour or push through. But one thing has remained consistent, you can't get anywhere without putting one foot in front of the other. (Whether you feel like it or not)        

As I contemplate 25 years as an entrepreneur and my own personal quest to stay active and fit here are 10 things I've learned along the way: 
  • Always be in training, you never know when you will have to keep up, lift up, hike up or run for help.
  • Stretch your body, stretch your mind. Both are equally important
  • It IS possible to walk every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes.
  • The best way to understand geography is to travel.
  • If you don't step forward you are always in the same place 
  • Listen because everyone has a story
  • You can't experience the world through a piece of glass, you gotta get out and walk.
  • If you don't ask the answer is always no.
  • The WORLD is our culture.

You've got 3 choices in life: give up, give in or give it all you got. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where Less Is More

Over the years Gene and I have explored different areas of Africa in a variety of ways. Through our extensive experience we have a select list of what makes a safari exceptional...

Tanzania has been on our go back to list for awhile, but this time we wanted to do it in an exceptional way where less is more... 

We have sought out a place where the influence of human life has not impacted the wildlife, a place where we can experience a remote safari in an open space larger than our Yellowstone National Park with less than 100 visitors to the entire area.  
A place that invites us to explore as we choose. Local tribal members take us by foot, boat and safari vehicle on adventures by day. Evenings are set aside for magical sundowners 
and nights are reserved for elegant dinner service with both old and new-found friends.
Our exclusive accommodations are unique and specifically designed to put 
us in the heart of the wildlife the Serengeti is famous for.
There are ONLY six luxury tents at two of the private camps. This means that space is limited to 10 guests plus Gene and I. Expect personal service since it will be just us and the safari staff!!! 
 One of ONLY six exotic "bandas" nestled into the
tropical forest at Greystoke Mahale
Migration on the Serengeti...

We won't be totally alone..there will be others viewing the migration
with interest from our mobile safari camp...
Trekking Chimps 
We will have an unusual opportunity 
to head into the forest from the shores of Lake Tanganika and trek chimpanzee.
Room With A View
A place where you can dream for real... 
Private Dining
Our table is ready...
See For Yourself...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

5 + 5 = 10 Reasons To Go To Spain...With Us!

Even when compared to all the incredible countries in the world, Spain still has something very special to offer and should be on everyone's to-visit list. But just in case you aren't convinced, here are ten reasons to visit Spain with The Walking Connection that are sure to change your mind.  

5 Reasons To Go:

  • Sunny Mediterranean climate.
  • The Food!!!
  • Best wines in the world.
  • Idyllic beaches and charming cobblestone towns.
  • A friendly welcoming culture with a ZEST for life.  

5 Reasons To Go With Us:

  • Personalized Walks - as much or as little as you like.
  • Peace of mind! WE GO to make sure your trip goes your way! (Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, founders of TWC will be your hosts)    
  • Unique itinerary
  • Luxury and value all in one.
  • Your trip is about the experience. We make it happen!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stick It!

Are excuses getting in the way of sticking with your active lifestyle?

"I’m too tired! I don’t have time! It’s too hot! It’s too cold! It’s too early! It’s too late! I have company! I’m getting company! I have to take the kids to practice! I’m too depressed! I’m celebrating! It hurts! It’s boring! I can’t go because I have to floss my teeth! (Someone really said this to me.)  Oh I’ll start on Monday!”

12 ways to help you make it stick:

  • Set short term and long term realistic goals.
  • Plan rewards for when you accomplish your goals.
  • Vary your walk/run/bike route to avoid boredom. 
  • Keep a daily log of your activities. 
  • Remember all the reasons why you started in the first place.
  • Think about how good you feel after you are active.
  • Keep up your energy: carry healthy snacks with you wherever you go.
  • Keep a pair of athletic shoes in your car, just in case an opportunity to walk arises.
  • Be flexible –  have a plan B...or C.
  • Focus on your successes especially when you get off track.
  • Schedule time for YOU in your appointment book.
  • Walk with a friend!


Friday, January 17, 2014


I am NOT going to talk to you about New Year's year, new you, start fresh, in with the new, out with the old...blah blah blah. Anyway by now most have been forgotten.

Today is my 1538TH day of walking consecutively....

And what I want to tell you about is that twice before at the beginning of a new year I said I was going to walk every day for that year. Both times I almost made it, sometimes after I adjusted my goal a few times, but never did finish.

It wasn't until I made my goal manageable for me at that particular time in my life, that I became successful. I knew that it takes 30 days to make something a habit. So there it was, just WALK 30 days in a row. I also knew that even ten minutes of exercise has health benefits (my TMC theory). No matter how busy I am or where I am in the world I could find at least ten minutes EVERY day.

On November 2, 2009 I started my 30 day pursuit. It wasn't any special day (other than being a Monday) or the beginning of a year and there was no big event on the horizon. Just a day like any other day that holds an opportunity to make a change....

But this story is not about me, it's about...

NEVER GIVING UP! For all of you that have gotten sidetracked on any goal whether it was to walk every day, run a marathon or hike Machu Picchu, TODAY you have an opportunity to push the RESTART button. But before you do make sure it is the right goal for you. Right here. Right now.

And as always I invite you to...
Come Walk With Me!