My Little Piece of Heaven

“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven
unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”


PBRC Areial View

Aerial view of Portuguese Bend looking out on the Pacific Ocean.

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There’s a very special place that is not well-known among Angelenos. I always felt extremely fortunate to have been part of this very special place. The beautiful flowers, trees and vegetation encompassing this place made it my secret garden.

The aromas from fresh hay, flora and fauna were always intoxicating. The 1920s Spanish architecture of the home and stables so breathtakingly dreamlike, that it was often used as a film location.

For over eight wonderful years I would visit this place daily, rain or shine. The reason for my visits was because my best friend Jimmy lived there. He and I would explore the surrounding hills and valleys. Every spring we hiked and then we relaxed on the rich green grassy knolls.

It was my church, my sanctuary, my favorite place to be. It made me feel needed, wanted, and safe. It gave me purpose. It kept me happy and sane.

I miss this place more than I ever thought possible.

Now, it is forever in my daily thoughts as well as my nightly dreams. I would like to return someday, but it is much too painful to return. For to return to this place, where Jimmy once lived, would not be the same without him.

So, for now, I look at old photos and videos and reminisce about a time when I was the happiest I’ve been in my life. Those years seem as if they were all a glorious and magical dream. A time when I was the closest to heaven as I’ll ever know.

This wondrous place was and always will be, my little piece of heaven.

Shine On

Rain Must Fall

“Thy fate is the common fate of all;
Into each life some rain must fall.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rain Must Fall

People associate the rain with tears, depression, and sadness. But, I like to associate the rain with a more positive feeling. Sort of like a good cleansing. After the rain, I feel great with the sunshine and rainbows that follow.

All good things usually have to end as well as do the bad things. We can’t avoid a little rain in our life without experiencing the sunshine.

It really comes down to your attitude and that you should always look for the silver lining. Just as there are areas of land with excess rain and droughts, there are also people who experience more or less down times.

That’s why I like Longfellow’s line from his poem, The Rainy Day:

Thy fate is the common fate of all;
Into each life some rain must fall.

Shine On

Be Yourself

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

Be Yourself

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, October 16, 1854 to November 30, 1900

From a very young age, we are told to just, be yourself. Great advise at any age. But, some of us don’t know who we are or what truly drives us and our passions. So how can we “be ourselves” if we are not sure who we are?

Throughout our life, we will have beliefs, experiences, hobbies, interests, and skills that form our lives. When we are young, we may not realize that all of these things make us who we are. For some it may take half of their life to discover who they are and how to be yourself.

It’s difficult to work, pay bills and find time for our passions. But then again, what are we living for if not to follow our dreams and what we truly love and believe?

I saw a video the other day that got my attention titled, Be Yourself. It’s a ten minute award-winning documentary about being yourself. I was blown away by the young pianist in the film, Ash Williams who said, “In my dream I love to play the piano and I hope that everybody else has a great dream about something that they love to do.”

Words of wisdom from an eight year old boy, who is following his dream and has already learned to just be yourself.

Shine On