Playing

Playing with light and shadows with the most beautiful subjects in my house. I had these beauties delivered during the week. Supporting local while sheltering in place = win, win.

All the time

I’m learning that, now more than ever, optimism, hope and prayer are muscles.  And if you don’t use them, they will atrophy.  Today during a run in my neighborhood, a woman drove up beside me to ask if I’d seen her dogs.  They’d dug out out of the yard and escaped, so she was searching…

And…

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. “And the people healed. And, in the…

Exposure

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! And you need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This…

Social Distancing

Isn’t it great that these guys don’t have to worry about giving each other space? Cleary, the more the merrier.

Gratitude

Social distancing…self isolation…flattening the curve… whatever you call this, it’s a strange, scary time. But as the days drag on, I never forget how ridiculously fortunate I am. – I have a steady income and a home to protect me – My family is healthy and well – Fresh air can’t be cancelled – Spring continues…

Pause

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” – Brendon Burchard I’m a pretty good planner –  especially when it comes to vacations and adventures. In fact, I’m a…

Art

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas I always appreciate what kids’ art makes me see…silliness, innocence, fun, vibrance, love, joy, hope.

So good

“That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs.” – L.M. Montgomery

These are a few of my favorite things…

Friday brought my birthday celebration – and a day that included so many of my favorite things: a day off from work beautiful weather “Art in Bloom” at the Saint Louis Art Museum lunch at the Fountain on Locust (and dill pickle soup!) the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden a first visit to…

Look up

A few scenes from an unexpected trip to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis this afternoon. What a breathtakingly beautiful place.  With a design containing more than 41.5 million mosaic tiles in 7,000 colors that took 76 years to complete, that ceiling is stunning. I have never seen so many people looking up with their…

February

Yesterday, I went for a hike in layers and took photos of ice on a lake. Today, I went to the park for my long run without a jacket and put the car’s top down on the way home. Welcome to February in Missouri.

Room

“I hope today is the kind of day you notice beautiful things. Amidst all of your uncertainty, I hope you can trust and believe: “my tired, anxious heart has not seen all there is to see.” Because even though you are waiting, there is still room for dreaming and creating. There is still room to…

Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott After several highly stressful weeks (months, really) at work, I was recently able to take a day off with no objective other than to decompress. No obligations, no special occasion, no appointments…just an ordinary day. And it was…

Joy

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We run the risk of missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” – Brené Brown

Magic

He said, “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Even with limited hours of daylight, running continues to give me some special little sightings. With gray…

Life Lately on the Run

Photo opportunities are rare during the winter months, with the exception of my weekend long runs. And I’ve seen some pretty fun stuff lately. Like…. …a snowman that was somehow still standing upright. …a new heart. …a stroller casualty. And someone’s lost sloth kite. Soooo ready for spring.

Whoooo knows

I’ve been seeing – and hearing – a lot of barred owls lately…I’m not sure why. Several nights ago, I heard two owls chatting with each other in the early hours of the morning. Although I couldn’t see them, it was clear there were two. This guy was out back just this morning, taking shelter…

Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)