Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making…

Rule of Nature

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Sunday with the Snow People

We didn’t get a lot of snow, but that didn’t stop St. Louisans from making the absolute most of what was there. People still went sledding down Art Hill, as evidenced by the myriad of tracks. And people still built snow people — lots of snow people. Little snow people. A Wilford Brimley snow person….

Snowy Saturday

My first snowy run of the season. A little slushy and sloppy, but not bad at all. And of course I had to look for faces. This one cracked me up because it looked like a grumpy cartoon. And this one seemed to be the result of a dog slipping, which made the expression appropriate.

And yooou are…?

This lovely creature took some time to rest in my back yard this morning. And this was the look that was sent my way when I disturbed him/her. The definition of stink eye.

Reflecting on Betty and Bob

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez, “Nature Boy” Gotta give credit to 2021 and 2022; it’s been a fairly seamless handoff of bad news. Somehow we managed to close one year with the death of Betty White and open another with death of Sidney…

Different

“What makes you different is what makes you beautiful.” Or in the case of the little bird perched at the top of the tree, being “different” meant being a lot less crowded. I loved this image so much when I got it home and really looked at it. I’d taken it with my phone out…

Beginning

“It’s madness to hate all rosesbecause you got scratched with one thorn, to give up all dreams because one of them didn’t come true, to give up all attempts because one of them failed.” …. For every end, there is always a new beginning.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince After my top-of-my-bucket list…

Mood

Winter, can we not do this?

Aftermath

“Sometimes pictures don’t do justice to the stunning sunsets you see, to the shining stars you notice above, to the moon that catches your breath. But the same thing applies to you. Sometimes the beauty in you cannot be captured, it’s felt.” – @higherperspective This photo is hazy, out of focus and clearly does not…

Icy Humor

“It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” – Betty White Today I went for a frigid run – shy of 20 degrees – and it was a…

Calm

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis In lieu of a resolution, I’ve selected to emphasize a word for 2022: calm. That’s it. The mantra and the goal. Calm. I’ve…

Last page

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley Looking forward to a new year and new hope. But before bringing 2021’s book to a close, I got to spend a fun evening with my kids at Union Station and the Foundry – which were still decorated…

Soy Amada

I spotted this tonight after dinner with my older son and his girlfriend. I wanted to learn what it meant, so I took a photo so I wouldn’t forget. When I got home, I googled it and found: “I am loved.” I always like to interpret the little hearts I spot in nature as life’s…

Six Days

“These six days between Christmas and New Year’s is the only time of year you should strive to do absolutely nothing. Make zero progress. Take all the time off. Go on vacation from your vacation. Be the least impressive version of yourself. Transform into a couch.” – Eugene Lee Yang I’m actually working this week…

Smile

“But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.” – Desmond Tutu This was the oddest and most unexpected sunrise through the fog this morning. The color literally only lasted a few minutes and then faded back to gray. It was like a momentary gift for those lucky enough to…

Silent Sunday

Just a chilly morning walk by the river and a thick fog made for a perfect Silent Sunday.

Magic

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – you feel it.” – Kevin Alan Milne May the magic of Christmas be yours, and may you be safe, joyful and blessed. I took this photo two years ago during Christmas in Tampa, Florida. This will forever be one of my all-time favorite images I’ve come…

Finnegan

“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love that they literally ran to greet you?” – Mark Twain We’re just shy of reaching the one year point since this very good boy became mine. I brought him home right after Christmas — my beloved pandemic pup. It…

Winter Solstice

May the longest night and the shortest daybring rest to your mind and soul, I pray. May you find guidance and may you find peace,as the cycle of light will slowly increase. Embrace the magic that the darkness bears.Breathe deep in the chill and shift in the air. May you always be blessed with the…

Timeout

“There’s a big difference between empty fatigue and gratifying exhaustion. So don’t just settle. Life is too short. Study your daily habits and routines, figure out where your time and energy goes, …then remove needless distractions. It is time to focus more on what matters most.” – @marcandangel Lately I have to admit that I’ve…

Hope

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott Took a quick drive through the town where I grew up — right through a neighborhood that…

Hey there, friends

Day 29 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A secret delight. Answer: I actually laughed a bit at this prompt. I’m not sure what this prompt is going for, but I had a vision of eating a pint of Haagen Dazs and reading a Harlequin romance novel in bed with my comforter pulled over my head or…

Repeat

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson Day 28 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Your favorite thing about nature. Answer: Besides everything? The above quote is my favorite thing about nature. I find so much comfort in the rhythm…

A really good thing

A little downtown stroll with my fur boy this evening, right by the Farmers Market and the Christmas Market. I so enjoyed watching families search for their perfect tree and strap their winning selection atop their vehicles. There was excitement, anticipation and happiness in the air, as well as the gorgeous scent of fresh evergreens….