Every day

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything. My head is bursting with it.” – Claude Monet

Running with the Redbirds

“Unless you give it all you’ve got, there isn’t any sense in playing.” – Stan Musial Today I got to run in a really special event — the Cardinals Care 6k. (“6” was the legendary Stan Musial’s number. Our 6k started at #6’s statue.) There’s only one word to describe this race: amazing.  Hugs from…

I Know You

“I’ve mentioned this several times before but Catholic theologian James Allison describes faith not as intellectually ascending to a set of theological propositions, but he describes faith as relaxing. Relaxing in the love and presence of God in the way we relax in the presence of someone we are certain is fond of us. When…

Japanese Festival

“Friends are flowers in life’s garden.”   Today I got to visit my favorite Garden with some of my favorite friends for the Japanese Festival! While it was a little hot and sticky, we got to see some unique people and celebrate another culture. Of course the Japanese Garden was on the agenda. But today was…

Filled

“Spend the day appreciating every little thing that comes your way, and you’ll end the day feeling deeply grateful for your life.”  The other day I posted an exercise from Bella Grace, my favorite magazine. Today I’m following it up with another. This exercise poses the question: What are some of the things that may…

Life Lately on the Run

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin So is a run. My runs have had some funky themes lately that have kept me laughing, including… Faces… And fuzzy hats… Shoes… Mittens (in August)… And gloves (again, in August)… And even a suitcase or two to hold it all. Seriously, what would…

15 Things to Savor

“Don’t slide though life. Savor it. Slow down, be kind, pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” – Carrie Fisher I subscribe to a magazine called “Bella Grace” and it’s one of my favorite indulgences in the world. It’s like a deep, relaxing breath of fresh air, offering exercises and activities focused on…

Morning in the Garden

“No two gardens are the same, no two days are the same in one garden.” – Hugh Johnson Saturday morning in the Botanical Garden. One of countless visits to my favorite place and I’m still finding places that are new.

Still On My Mind

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer I’ve been rummaging through my…

Shaw Nature Reserve

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Wonderful

“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot [More fun from our exploration of the Bushwick Collective.]

Search for Street Art: Bushwick Collective

In addition to the events that required tickets, we had one other priority for our trip to New York: street art. New York seems to be a hub for some of the most vibrant and creative street art in the world — especially the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. It’s an extraordinary open-air gallery that first…

Walking the High Line

The last stop of our New York adventure: the High Line. We saw some fun stuff in this part of town, too. I even saw a Stikman!

Search for Street Art: Phoebe New York

In our search for New York street art, I set out to find as many Phoebe New York pieces as I could. I was not disappointed. And I love her. Here are just a few.

New York State of Mind

A New York adventure with my younger son brought big fun…and LOTS of walking — exactly 30.1 miles in three days. Which meant some wonderful photo opportunities. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s, we spent as much time outside as possible — including dinner in Times Square. But here’s the real reason…

Just one more thing

I love this. So simple, so doable, yet so impactful. From Psychology Today, here are seven* ways to make the most of your daily life: 1.) Learn something new. Look for an opportunity to expand your knowledge every single day. Listen to a podcast, read an interesting article, or learn something from a friend. Remember,…

Small Stuff

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.” – Winnie the Pooh For me, the smallest things include: nature’s love notes… …fresh flowers… …and really gorgeous light. Not to mention sugar cookies, the tears that flow every single time I hear Whitney Houston’s performance of the national anthem, air conditioning, Peanuts…

Bee Blossoms

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee… …it blossoms and the bee comes.

Before

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through…