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In 1999 Emerson went on a solitary pilgrimage to Barcelona, Spain, in search of inspiration, and his lost sense of adventure and creativity. The routines of work had taken their toll over the years. Both he and Cheryl had gone to Barcelona some 40 years earlier, triggering new insights and life changes. The magical architecture […]

We all leave something behind. Sometimes we notice something missing when we return from a trip. Or we intentionally leave something behind, so that it will be there when we return to that place. And sometimes we leave traces behind, just in the wake of living our lives. The idea is similar to leaving a […]

Cheryl was in the Midwest for her usual summer visit, while Em stayed in Italy. One morning he discovered caterpillars on the cherry plum tree outside the bedroom window. That observation spawned an entire movie-making project. Well, one thing led to another. Finally Em called Cheryl to request that she send him the words for […]

Em was still having a great deal of trouble with depression. He’d apparently become resistant to his medication and was experiencing more mood swings over shorter and shorter periods of time. As a result, he was expressing a lot of negativity and wanted to stop all of our work. He even suggested that we abandon […]

We wrote this song just before the beginning of the 2011 retreat in Tuscany, about the layering of many personalities and histories together into one event. The diversity adds a special magic to the gathering. We likened it to looking out over the Tuscan hills and valleys, where we could see the different colored layers […]

Years ago, Cheryl wrote a children’s story called “The Big Green Chair.” It’s the story of a typical afternoon for her, as frequently she spent time alone after kindergarten. Upon rereading it, she discovered that it was not just for children, but also for adults. She made the best out of what could be considered […]

Our friend took a 5-month retreat to write his own story following his departure from work. He had been dissatisfied for many years, and he needed to fight his way back to himself. Finally, for those 5 months, he gave himself the gift of silence, space, and reflection. Our friend spent many lonely evenings away […]

This story and song are inspired by Peter Manzo and the building of the armoire for his home. Peter told us the story of what he imagined inside the cabinet: during a visit with their granddaughter, Isabelle (Isa), he picked her up to show her a secret compartment that he’d built into the cabinet, hidden […]

Cheryl’s folks had each suffered bouts with cancer. Pretty serious business. Those incidents nudged us to talk about the unique ways in which they had loved each other over the years. They stayed together no matter what was happening in their lives. The way they expressed their love was quiet and simple. It’s just the […]

One morning in California we were on our walk to Montalvo when we crossed paths with Fred, a friendly character who lives just down the hill from the villa. Wearing his wooly sock cap, he was walking his dog. Within a few minutes of conversation he said that he and his wife were trying to […]