I am blessed.

I live a magical and charmed life. I believe that God is my Source and I am truly blessed.

First off, let me say, I believe in a logical God. I look around the universe and I see logic, things that make sense. I admit there are times when things don’t make sense to me, things that are over my head, and things I just don’t understand. But for the most part, I believe in logic. And the magic of logic. ūüėČ

It’s not my intent to promote any one religious teaching. Instead, I believe that all paths lead us home. You can call it heaven or whatever name you want to apply. To me it’s the place where I come from and the place I will return.

I have often wondered, why me? Why am I so blessed? Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. More like a leather boot strap in my tight little fist and I’ve been holding on tight my whole life. However, that boot strap isn’t tied to fame and fortune, it’s linked to love and life. I love life, and life has loved me back, and I thank God for it all.

Sure, I’ve had a few hiccups and missteps along the way. Some have been bigger than others. But each time I do the old brush myself off, take a look around and try real hard to understand my self-created pot-holes. Then I keep going.

It wasn’t until I hit the half-century mark that I began writing. Around the time the big five-oh was about to hit I felt a compelling need to put pen to paper, followed by fingers to keyboard, to create romance stories. Metaphysical spiritual romance stories. And the need – the desire – was driven by one of the oldest motivators in the library. I wanted to write the kind of stories I wanted to read. Now I’m hoping others will want to read them too.

I write about romance and spirituality. I believe, and it’s been my experience, that the two go together very well.

So here I am with my first book published, a sequel on the way, and many more works in progress. This blog isn’t just about writing. It’s about spirituality and life, and love, and romance, and magic. Because those are the things that feed my soul, fill my heart and put a big ole smile on my face. And hopefully along the way I can give you a smile or two, and maybe even make you laugh or cry.

So come, let’s go on a magic carpet ride.

Enjoy always, T

It’s About Time.

Let’s see who’s paying attention.¬† It’s finally here. The long awaited release of Return In Time is good to go. (Long awaited by me, if no one else, but I tend to be impatient.) If you run, surf, or hop-skip and jump over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble¬† you’ll find Return In Time by Tricia Linden available NOW.

Now is good.

I’m planning a book launch party in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info on that spectacular, grand event. Now excuse me as I run out of the room screaming and waving my hands in the air as I do the happy dance.

Enjoy always, T

Why The Alchemy of Intimacy?

Why is this blog called the Alchemy of Intimacy? Because I like the way it sounds? Yes, but I could also call it the Alchemy of Romance, or the Alchemy of Relationships, because they all fit and would mean the same thing.

Alchemy refers to change, as in changing from a base state of being to a higher state of being.

Intimacy is a strong feeling of connection to another, not just to a lover, but to the world around us.

I’m talking about relationships and their power to transform us. Each encounter we have with another being is an intimate relationship by the nature of its immediacy. Whether it’s your most intimate relationship with your lover, or the relationship you experience for a fleeting moment with a sales clerk, they all have the power to transform the individuals involved. They shape our lives and give us countless opportunities to express and explore who we really are.

A sales clerk? Really? Yes, really. Recently I was standing in line at the grocery store with my darling daughter waiting for our turn to be checked out. I noticed that the sales clerk looked a little down and out, a bit tired and a tad on the down side from happy. I whispered to my daughter that it was going to be my goal to give the sales clerk a reason to smile. As she began checking out my groceries, I began chatting with her, the usual small talk. I made sure to make eye contact, keep a smile on my face and in my voice, and I asked her sincerely how she was doing. I commented that she must get tired checking out groceries all day and that I appreciated her assistance. She smiled, really smiled, and thanked me for noticing. In that moment we created an alchemy of intimacy. We each gave and received and choose to express our highest selves (highest self at that given moment).

With each new encounter you get to choose if you will act or react. Only in the scared moment of NOW can you choose who you want to be.¬† You can’t decide to be nice and smile at the sales clerk after the moment has passed. It’s passed, done, no do overs. You can decide to be nicer and smile next time, but you can’t go back to the moment that has passed.

I’ve been a foreign exchange trader for many years. It’s common practice to confirm a trade by saying “Done.” And every foreign exchange trader knows, Done is Done. A true professional does not renege, does not ask for a do-over or claim she was “just kidding”, not if she wants to survive in the business.

And so it is with life and relationships. Done is Done. Don’t take anyone or any moment for granted. With each new encounter you get to think, choose and do. Go out and do your best, that’s all anyone can do. And with each new encounter, experience the alchemy of intimacy.

So, tell me, have you had any good intimate encounters lately??

Enjoy always, T

Taking Risks v2

The greatest risk is to take no risk at all.

I believe we can all come up with times in our lives when this has proven to be true. I’d love to hear yours. I have one that sits high on my list. Let me share it with you.

A couple of years ago, my daughter and I were taking a two week vacation in Italy and Greece. We started out by flying to the Philadelphia where we would catch  a connecting flight to Rome. Due to lighting storms on the east coast our flight from San Francisco was delayed and we missed our connection. It was about 3:00 in the morning when we finally landed in Philadelphia, which made it 6:00 am from where we started. Time changes are all very confusing.

The airline (which I shall not name) was very UNHELPFUL in getting us a new flight to Rome. If it was up to them, we would have been stranded in Philadelphia for at least three days, and possibly longer, as the only thing they could  offer us was stand-by status on a flight already overbooked by seven passengers leaving later that week. That meant that nine people had to suddenly decide to forgo their trip to Rome if we had any hopes of making that flight. Oh, and by the way, no hotel was offered while we were stranded. Gotta love that.

I’m really going to make a wonderfully long story short by jumping to the chase. With dogged determination and persistence I was able to secure a flight on another airline, flying out of New York for later that same day. All I had to do was get us there by our own means, which included a tram ride into Philadelphia, a train ride into New York and a taxi ride to the airport. And I only had about $20.00 US in my wallet, along with lots of euros. Thank God for plastic.

Well, I did what had to be done. I got us to New York  only 40 minutes before the plane was scheduled to take off. We got on that plane and net result, we only lost one day of vacation in Rome, but we gained one hell of an amazing-race type of adventure getting there. Memories, priceless. And thank the travel gods for travel insurance.

Instead of having an experience that could have been judged as really bad, it all turned out alright. Because I was willing to take risks, I have some of my most cherished memories of traveling with my teenage daughter. She was a real trooper through it all.

So what does this have to do with Romance. I believe that finding romance and having a really great relationship is the greatest risk of all. We may find ourselves detoured along the way, but if we keep going we will find our rainbows end. And the memories from along the way are priceless.

Now it’s your turn to share.

Enjoy always, T

Summer Solstice 2011

I love this day. It’s June 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. We get a few more moments of daylight. The sun rises just a wee bit earlier and sets just a wee bit later. I love the sunshine, and thankfully here in Northern California we’re finally getting warm days. San Francisco has been in the 70’s,¬† with the inland areas reaching into the 100’s. Some may say the days are too warm, but after months of extended rain I’m ready for the sun and heat.

So what else makes the summer solstice so special for me. I like the idea of more. More daylight, more sun, more of an indication that summer is finally here, and more time for romance. It’s all those things we associate with romance; long walks on the beach, moonlight strolls, candlelight, and lots of skin showing as the sweaters come off and the shorts go on. It’s all good.

And that’s what my writing is all about. I love romance. I love reading about it, writing about it, and experiencing it. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and writing with you.

Oh, and by the way, my soon to be released novel, Return In Time, uses the summer solstice as the magical day when my heroine begins her magical journey through time. Yes, it’s all so magical.

Enjoy always.