Thursday, November 13, 2014

11.13.14 - Living In Light

Poof, here I am again, the crash-iversary... 

It is hard to believe that I have not felt sand between my toes in four years, it feels like yesterday and it always will until I feel the sand again. It is also hard to believe that people walk the beach in shoes!

Another year down, my re-birth has feeling and strength slowly returns to my body I feel that anything is possible and this is just the beginning.  I am excited for the future.

"Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light." -Yogi Bhanjan

Here are links to some good things going on out there to help with the fight against paralysis:

This isn't just my struggle and I am forever grateful for the love and support I receive from my friends and family everyday.  BE THE LIGHT. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Monday, October 20, 2014

10.20.14 - Gallery and Good Times.

It is hard to believe that EXPOSED has been open for 5 years already, and it has been almost 4 years since my spinal cord injury.  I am proud to say that my passion for photography and sharing other local artist's work with the community remains strong and has not lessesned since my accident but has become greater and more meaningful.  Here is to another 5 years of photography, community and friends! Our 5 year anniversary show will be up through the Winter so please come by and check it out.  More info at

The artists at the opening on September 26th, 2014.  From left to right: Evynn LeValley, Rachael Short, Michelle Magdalena, Camille Lenore, Emily Birmingham. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

05.06.14 - Relay Recap.

Results are in! Team Townies won placing 8th over-all for the relays in the Big Sur International marathon!

Team Apple Pie came in 16th over-all and Team Pfeiffer would have come in 20th for female relay but we accidentally registered them as mixed relay!  Aengus came in 5th place for his age group and Kodiak finished faster than he had hoped, under 4 hours.  

What an amazing group of runners and the donations are still coming in!  Currently we are at $19,822 that is including $2000 from the dinner, almost double the money raised in the past years!  I am over-whelmed by the support of my runners and the community who year after year helps me with my physical therapy costs.  I will make you proud.

Thank you to the runners!! 
Team Apple Pie Ridge: Luke Perkins, Lacey Sutton, Shelby Hawthorne, Marcos Ortega, Chris Mazurek

Team Pfeiffer Ridge: Kendra Morgenrath, Jessica Pinney, Heather Perry, Keely Richter, Chelsea Davey

Team Townies: Brian Rossini, Jon Jonsson, Sarah Brabeck, Ryan Commons, Karen Commons

The Marathoners: Aengus Wagner and Kodiak Greenwood

To the HUNDREDS of people who donated, I wouldn't be where I am today without you!!

Check out Brian Rossini's blog, one of the team townies runners at for more photos and info about the relay. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Monday, March 31, 2014

03.31.14 - It's a Marathon.

The relay for Rachael this year is going to be better than ever! Along with three relay teams I have two friends running the full marathon.  Please join us at the finish line on Sunday, April 27th around 10 AM to help celebrate their finish.  Relay teams, you better be ready, these guys are training hard and are aiming to beat the relay teams!  I am overwhelmed by your support and willingness to go out there, hit the road, train hard and help me raise money for my physical therapy costs.  Six days a week, four hours a day I work with my physical therapist George at home in my greenhouse turned rehab room in Carmel and all of this is paid for out of pocket.

So am I seeing progress you ask? Yes! Finally my progress has been documented by a "healthcare professional". On my recent visit to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Rehab I worked with my physical therapist there who I last worked with a year ago. She said my range of motion and strength have both improved dramatically and she has never seen progress like this. I was just waiting for the day when someone would finally document something that I knew was going to happen all along! This is just the beginning, and with the support of people like you I am able to accomplish my goal of getting on my feet again.

Thank you for inspiring me to keep on moving!  

If you would like to make a donation please visit and donate to your favorite team or runner. Or send a check to: 
Rachael Short SNT
PO Box 6445
Carmel, CA 93921 **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10.31.13 - 3 Years Down

As I reflect on the last three years, I remind myself that it wasn't so long ago that I was lying in a hospital bed unable to move my head, not able to breathe on my own, not able to take a sip of water, and not able to speak a word.  These are the things I remember when I start to lose hope.  I forget that all of this hard-work is worth it and will pay off. As painfully slow as the progress may seem, the days and weeks fly by. I look in the mirror now and I am happy when I see more gray hair because I know this means time is going by. More time means I am closer to more movement and more strength. My body wants to heal itself, and will, if I allow it to. The process of healing takes time, patience, hard-work,and dedication. My life is my recovery, and as boring as it gets I know I'm doing what I need. I am getting used to my monotonous routine and the joke around here is "it's Friday night again!". Then you will find me standing in my glider, a standing frame elliptical, that my physical therapist, George, helps me push. Three years seems like a life time ago and the further I get from my old life the easier it is for me to learn to live again. Three years down...bring it on.

The constant battle outside of my physical therapy is finding good caregivers.  I need 24 hour care.  Dealing with scheduling becomes overwhelming and consumes my days.  I constantly worry if someone is going to show up. I have had seven caregivers this year come and go!  For the caregivers I have I am so very grateful. My family; my mom, my dad, and my auntie Erin have helped me since the accident.  There's Andy, who so graciously donates her time during the week and travels with me, Tammy, who I was lucky enough to find as the replacement as my main caregiver (4 months later we are finally in sync :). My cousin Jamie spoiled me rotten and was with me until June when she was too pregnant to move me anymore. In addition, Shae, who worked with me until April and I miss dearly and her "out-side of the box" way of thinking and Lauren, who just moved to the east coast. Now, who will paint my toenails?! Without a solid group of positive caregivers who keep me moving through my days I would be nothing. Thank you all for your hard-work and patience!

I did a little traveling this year, nothing compared to my sojourn to Cuba before the accident but it's a start.  I flew to Mexico for five nights and enjoyed swimming in the pool, soaking up the sun, and laughing with friends. This was an amazing first trip, but I am in no rush to get back on an airplane anytime soon! I also did a road-trip up north to Santa Rosa and a recent trip down to LA and Santa Barbara. It was good to take a little break and get out on the road again, but they wipe me out.  Trips take me at least a week to recover from.  Traveling means more sitting in my chair and less exercise, which makes me feel like poop. The opposite side is they also make me grateful for my quiet little home tucked under the trees in Carmel where I can focus on my rehab.

I would not have my rehab without people who care like you and donate to Relay for Rachael every year. Thank you! This year we raised $10,000 towards my physical therapy costs and had a ton of fun doing it!  Keep an eye out for next years teams at

My show at EXPOSED in May was so much fun, thanks to everyone who came out and supported me and witnessed my step back into photography.  I did not take a single picture for a year and now with my increased strength in my arms I am able to take photos again with my iPhone and hopefully with other cameras soon.  Currently our hours at EXPOSED are by appointment only but please check in for current hours and upcoming events.

My 2014 fine art photography calendars arrived and they look great. You can buy them online at, or come by the Big Sur Crafts fair Thanksgiving weekend Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st 10am-5pm at the Big Sur Grange Hall, I will also be selling them at EXPOSED in Carmel,

This summer I taught my first iPhone photography workshops at Garland Park in Carmel Valley and I have two more coming up in March at Palo Corona Ranch  in Carmel. To sign up go to, the class is $25.  The dates are: Sunday March 2nd,  3:30-5:30pm and Sunday  March 30th, 5-7pm.

Check out my interview and photographs with rfoto about my new iPhone photography:

Also listen to my story about getting back into photography on the podcast "Re-seen: Stories about inspiration":

Meet Shadow Bruno Mars.  Shadow joined our team in August when I adopted him at the SPCA at 5 months old.  We believe he is a black lab, German Shepherd mix and he is a big lover.  I am working on training him to be my photo assistant, so far we have accomplished sit and stay :) **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Saturday, May 18, 2013

05.18.13 - Rachael Short, Photographer.


This is one of Rachael's new images that will be on display at Gallery Exposed. Go see it and visit with the photographer at the opening this Friday evening from 5-8pm:

Rachael has been a friend and fellow photographer of mine since we were teenagers. In regards to her upcoming solo show, I just have to say on behalf of the entire photography community, "F@#K YES!"

This is such a f@#k*#g amazing milestone and accomplishment. Rachael has been an inspiration for me from our early years of high school photography, through our time at art schools, as a professional photographers, and as a subject in front of my lens. She continues to inspire us all once again with her new solo photography show. This show is a reminder to us all who she is: our friend Rachael Short the photographer. We all f@#k*#g love you Rach! 
**************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Sunday, April 7, 2013

04.05.13 - 3rd Annual Relay for Rachael


Over two years into this journey, Rachael has made huge strides towards recovery. Constant rehabilitation with her Physical Therapist still consumes the majority of her days, with her free time spent focusing on resuming her photography career. Rehab is the most important thing to Rachael and it requires an immense amount of resources. Supporting her in this endeavor is our goal and is what motivates all of us to put one foot in front of the other for her.


This year we have 15 runners, 3 relay teams running in the Big Sur Marathon! This is the 3rd annual Relay for Rachael and we are stronger than ever. The goal is to be the fastest team and raise the most money to help with the steep physical therapy costs. 6 days a week, 4 hours a day my therapist comes and gets me moving and this is possible because of people like you who donate to my recovery. The 3 teams are training hard and hit highway 1 on Sunday, April 28th to run their hardest for Rachael's recovery. Who will win this year? Team Pfeiffer Ridge? Team Townies? Team Apple Pie? May the best team win... 

Please go to to learn more about how you can support Rachael buy donating to your favorite relay team! **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************