Fun by the Fire

Under the oakI had myself all tucked into bed and ready to sleep when I remembered I hadn’t written my blog. It was just so much fun this evening with friends around a camp fire that my usual evening routine went out the window.

It is my last night of five at Five Oaks in this residency and the 16 of us who are here decided to have a good old fashioned camp fire.

The setting was beautiful on the side of the hill under the big old oak.  The weather was perfect.  The stars were beginning to emerge through the deep blue evening sky.

I’m sure there have been hundreds of fires there over the years since this place was built in the 50’s.

We laughed and sang.  People we never suspected got a little silly and we shared great laughter.  We also listened to the sounds around us.  An owl was calling.  The distant voice of a coyote stirred some uneasiness.  The sweeping and diving of bats let us know spring is here in earnest.  All this reminded us that we are part of a much bigger picture.  Fire

It has been a wonderful week of friendship, learning and challenge.  We now move on to the  next step with hope in our hearts that we will meet again soon.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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