Hiking.  Can you think of any better metaphor for the journey of life than putting one foot in front of the other? I blog about important things learned along the journey while I was merely putting one foot in front of the other.


Baby-Boomer, musician, mother, writer, grandma, music teacher, manager; mother of musicians; mother of writers; organizer of things disorganized, designer of beauty with things at hand.
Hobbies: raising young musicians and getting people where they need to go
Things I love: Long meditative walks, my piano, sunsets, sunrises, sunshine, hot and cold running water.If a “gift” is something you are born with; then I was outlandishly gifted at birth. Cherry Odelberg is my birth name.  Now I ask you, what music lover would not be delighted with a name that means:  DEAREST SINGING MOUNTAIN?  My heart is steadfast.  I will sing and make music. May I live up to my name. May there be always a song on my lips and family to hold me dear.

The backstory

They say I think too much (subtitle for this blog 2013-2016)

I have to admit, I think too much.  I over-analyze. I get buyer’s remorse ahead of time. I look before I leap. Yes, I hold onto the edge of the diving board with my toes and look and look and look – as long as I haven’t leapt yet, I still have that option open.

There, I have confessed it.  What to do now?  Well, make lemonade out of lemons, of course. I think too much and I live to write about it.  I wrote a little ditty about it.

October 5, 2012

I think too much.

Trouble is, most people really don’t care what I think.

And I,

In doing to others as I would be done by,

Care way too much about what other people think.

Until 2013, this blog existed with the title: Eine Feisty Berg. Literally translated it means, One Feisty Mountain; with a cordial nod to Martin Luther and J.S. Bach for Ein’ Feste Burg, A Mighty Fortress.

The mountain on which I lived (2001-2007) was often feisty, having provided us with over 36 inches of a white Christmas within a few days preceding my first blog post. Life was hard, but I loved it there.

The high, Rocky Mountain, desert where I now live presents its own challenges-and gives its own inspiration- always with mountains beckoning on the near horizon.

It is my aim to “take courage”; to grab life by the throat and shake it; to chase my dreams with every bit of planning and joy I can muster and to pass on that same enjoyment to my children. I want to be a mighty fortress to my family and to be well grounded in that Mighty Fortress of which Luther wrote and to whom and of whom Bach wrote each week.

5 thoughts on “About”

    1. Hi Valerie, My daughter-in-law introduced me to blogging about six years ago. I muddled through to set up my own blog, and I love it as a means to express my thoughts and connect with others who think, feel and muse. A (free) blog like this can be started pretty easily at WordPress http://wordpress.com/ Also, Michael Hyatt at Intentional Leadership has some great information for getting a blog up and rolling: http://michaelhyatt.com/ez-wordpress-setup.html

  1. I love the name of your blog! Very clever.

    Also, The Marquis’ Wife is one of my favorite books. I have loved George MacDonald since my mom read The Princess and the Goblins to me at age 6, but didn’t discover his (prolific!) novels until a few years ago.

    ALSO, I love this description from your housesitting post: “There are also deeper, darker, and richer memories that flood my mind and spirit as I pause before yellowed photographs. Not the dark of somber or unrelenting, depressing clouds; but dark like chocolate or dusky wine.” Memories like dark chocolate or dusky wine. Wonderful.


  2. Eine Feisty Berg:

    I would love to start a writing group. I’ve been so discouraged and hence lazy about the whole thing, and I’m glad Sarah pointed you in my direction.

    Any thoughts on how to start?

    And what are you reading right now?

    p.s.: What mountain do you live on?

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