Posted by admin on June 15th, 2009 — in

It came to me in a dream recently, the words “Breathing Blue”. 

I knew instantly what they meant.  Every day as I walk, I look to the sky and try to breathe in as much of the blue as I can, knowing that it’s a healing color for me.  

Lately, I’ve noticed that I stop and reflect more.  I turn and look and see how many moments have shaped me.   Life is full of these moments and often, they were downright nasty at the time, and now I see they were necessary.

Mini-turning points – I have had hundreds!  So many people I know will point to one defining moment that was life changing.  Not so for me.  Every point has been small and not very dramatic and yet, the impact of each was as deep as an earthquake.   This site is dedicated to those turning points.

Biography – Kathy O’Dwyer

The twists and turns of life brought Kathy O’Dwyer to Aravaipa Canyon Ranch, a retreat center located in the pristine wilderness of Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona.   While living and working on the ranch Kathy gave birth to her book Breathing Blue which chronicles her two years in Aravaipa.  A former lifelong Chicagoan, she spent the better part of her career in the corporate world in office management and business communications before transitioning to a life of service to others.  A Reiki Master and massage therapist, Kathy’s studies focused on Native American healing traditions.   From these pursuits her true passion for writing emerged.  Through her writing Kathy not only found her voice but also manifested a life of grace, purpose and fulfillment. 

Since the publication of Breathing Blue, Kathy has since moved to Gold Canyon, Arizona and currently lives with her husband, their three dogs, and of course Miss Kitty, at the base of the Superstition Mountains.  She continues to expand her knowledge of healing traditions.   A second book is in progress and she now facilitates nature inspired writing groups both out of her home and at other venues.


  1. Comment by Roberta Hodges

    Posted on August 6, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Kathy, How lovely to have discovered your blog! What lovely writing! What a nice way to keep in touch with such an interesting person as you!

  2. Comment by owner

    Posted on August 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    thank you so much Roberta!

  3. Comment by Roberta Hodges

    Posted on August 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I need the inspiring words of others as much as I need breath. It’s especially
    wonderful to personally know the writer, not to mention fun. I shall become a faithful and grateful reader of your blog, Kathy. Many thanks for these regular gifts! Roberta

    One thing I know you are really good at is finding the most beautiful picture in the world to put on your web site!

  4. Comment by owner

    Posted on August 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you again Roberta! But the credit for the picture goes to my good friend Sue Kozem. Sue is a graphic designer who worked with me and created the beautiful photo. I will be sure to let her know how you appreciate her work.

  5. Comment by Sally

    Posted on December 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I think that breathing in the blue is so important, what a beautiful reflection on your dream and life.

  6. Comment by Pat McClenahan

    Posted on July 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I love reading your website!

    In what area of the Aravaipa do you live?

  7. Comment by owner

    Posted on July 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you Pat. I love writing it!

    I live in the west end of Aravaipa Canyon, approximately two miles from the trailhead. I am the ranch manager at Aravaipa Canyon Ranch http://www.aravaiparanch.com Feel free to check it out! And thank you for reading!

  8. Comment by Natalie

    Posted on April 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hi. Your brother just turned me onto your blog and I love it. Your words are beautiful. I will continue to return to your blog. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. – Natalie

  9. Comment by owner

    Posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Natalie. Happy to know you are enjoying my work.

  10. Comment by Lynn Hopewell

    Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Hi Kathy,
    Your sister, Cindy D. just showed me “Breathing Blue” and I read the first paragraph in the Loneliness chapter and it touched my heart.

    Your so courageous to start a new life. My hat goes off to you.

    Look forward to buying your book and reading more, and now that I’ve found your web site will be reading your stories here as well.


  11. Comment by owner

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you Lynn. I hope you enjoy my story. I am into book #2! So more to come

  12. Comment by Penny

    Posted on March 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Kathy, just bought your book from Amazon.com and looking forward to reading it. I’ve journaled my 12 years of experience living and building a home in Aravapa Canyon – thought about publishing it. I’m going to post a chapter a month on my blog. Also writing a cookbook on the many meals I’ve prepared and meals prepared by others – and weaving their stories in and among the recipes. Just finished a meditation sanctuary where it sit and write. We should meet – two of my favorite writers also spent time in Aravaipa Canyon writing – Edward Abby and I met Barbara Kingsolver there a few years ago.

  13. Comment by Penny

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Finished your book today – loved it. I too have relocated three ring tail cats, fought the scorpian king, had a “pet” rattlesnake like Jerry, went face to face with a black bear and saw a mountain lion in moonlight. I know all the people you mention in the book, in fact, my foreman lived in your single wide before David purchased the property. I rode Arabians with Jerry throughout the hills when he rode daily and it was my foreman Rodolfo, who buried his beloeved horses with our backhoe. I have quite a story about the people who lived there before David. I captured all of that drama in my journal.

  14. Comment by owner

    Posted on April 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Penny – thank you. We do need to meet! I am going to be at New Moon Haven on May 12 in Catalina (next door to Mi Tierra). All day as part of their body mind expo and will be selling/signing my books. would love it if you could spare a moment to come so we could meet.

  15. Comment by Penny

    Posted on April 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Kathy, I plan on being in Aravaipa that week end. Invited my sister, we’ll make it a day and stop by.

  16. Comment by Venky

    Posted on August 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm


    There was this term ‘Breathing black and blue’ that kept haunting me in my dreams and hence I made an effort today to google what it meant. And here I am, reading your wonderful articles; Serendipity is just a wonderful thing.

    I loved the write-up on the kitty and the cricket.


  17. Comment by owner

    Posted on September 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Venky –

    so glad you are enjoying my blog. your dream led you to find my blog and it was my dream of breathing blue that led to the blog and then the book. dreams are so powerful, aren’t they?
    thank you!

  18. Comment by Lisa Vasquez

    Posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Kathy!! I’ve looked everywhere for you! How amazing to see you’re well and followed your heart and dreams. I miss you “goose”!!

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