Author Archives: momentswithmillie

About momentswithmillie

My best friend and I own a small retreat center in Western North Carolina, Peaceful Quest Retreats. I write from the inspiration of the Divine in this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It's hard not to be inspired by nature and her beauty.

I Need To Change

The Dalai Lama says that “love is the absence of judgment.”  I agree and realize I must be the first to change.  I judge those who judge others. It starts with me.  How do I do it? How do I … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Running Scared

I fear very few things: lizards (or anything that looks like one), losing my mind completely, never saying what I really want to say, being considered a hypocrite, and losing my faith.  I am pretty much content with life.  Few … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

The Secret

  Come close. I want to share a secret. I love you! I don’t know you well, but that doesn’t matter. I love you for being here, listening, reading, and being a part of my existence. We are from different … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Life is a Salad Bar

Last night my best friend and I watched the endearing movie, “Heaven is for Real.”  It’s a story about a little boy who has a near-death experience and goes to heaven.  At the age of four he teaches those around … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

What We Leave Behind

I used to think that it was important to leave something behind in life as a legacy for others to acknowledge my existence.  For most of my life I kept journals, poetry books, albums and all sorts of pasted memory … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Life Surrounded by Hope

Long ago in the midst of a horrible separation I wrote my ex a letter in Spanglish expressing how I felt during the many years of our union.  In those days I took very little responsibility for what I brought … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lessons from an Infant

It has been 26 years since I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the intricate lessons from an infant. They arrive into this world with complete presence and a spiritual awareness that gets lost throughout the years. We, as parents and … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Brotherly Love

If there is ever a doubt in my heart about how I’ve raised my kids I think the Universe allows me to witness firsthand the fruits of my labor.  Motherhood has never been easy.  Parenthood is one of those professions … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Depth of Space

  The bed felt deserted through the cast away of darkness as I stretched both directions, arms flapping to find you swimming in another ocean of space, wrapped in blankets away from my warm side. I inched back towards you … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Collector of Love

I was sitting in Barnes and Noble on the first date in months with Matt right before watching a movie.  I began browsing through home decorating magazines.  I observed the many collections of antiques and other memorabilia throughout the pages.  … Continue reading

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments