Remember when you go into the world… To keep your eyes and ears wide open and be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy….

I hope

“I hope you live louder. I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair.  I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel…

Hi, Honey!

Honey Bears by Fnnch, mural artist and St. Louis native. This mural is 35′ x 50′ — his largest to date. Each bear is a local reference: Violin Bear = the Fabulous Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall and The Sheldon Artist Bear = Arts and Education Council Blues Bear = Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis…


“Experience every emotion. Each has its own beauty, I promise.” – Varvara, singer If concrete can be so expressive…there’s no limit to what we can do. But seriously, who knew concrete had such a broad range of emotions??

Beautiful slime

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Tiny neighbor: Do you just love my beautiful slime? Me: I just love your beautiful slime!! Yes, I really did. And I hope she never, ever, ever loses her imagination or stops loving her creations.

I can and I will

“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe.’ I’m never gonna say, “I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.” – Nadiya Hussain, The Great British Bake Off  After countless weekly trips to the local bakery to admire their…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Life lately on the run

I haven’t shared a distracted runner post in a long time, although I have shared a lot of photos from my runs lately. But here are a few that I’ve missed: Two flamingos. No idea why. I saw a heart, but a friend saw a Mickey Mouse head — which I loved. It’s so fun…

Hello, little one

Tonight I left the front door open so the cats could watch the outside world through the glass storm door for awhile. (We call it cat television in our house.) As the cats hunkered down and I tidied up around the living room, I heard the sharp, alarmed chirp of a robin outside. Repeatedly. I…


Last night brought with it one of the strangest skies I have ever seen. Typically I think of sunsets as something viewed on the horizon, something at a distance. Not this sunset. It was like you were in its midst, and it was enveloping you. It was heavy, with a rich orange hue saturating the…

Consider this

Consider this permission to: 1.) Say no to a request that you know in your gut isn’t right for you. 2.) Set something aside for a season. 3.) Unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel “less than” in any way. 4.) Be the person you are, not the person you think you should…


Can you see the shadow that looks like a big spider going for my leg??


“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh 

Good enough

She’s not at peak bloom, but she’s strong in her purpose. And what a timely sighting she was. During my run early this morning, a pair of younger women were walking in my direction. I marveled at how put together they were — slim with coordinated, sweat-free clothes and stylish hair. Especially in the heat…

Good start

Five things to do before you get out of bed: 1.) Express gratitude 2.) Set your intentions for the day 3.) Take five long, deep breaths in and out 4.) Smile for no reason 5.) Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes.

Creatures great and small

“Surround yourself with animals and people who are kind to them.” – unknown This squirrel sprawled on my neighbor’s chair cracked me up. It’s hot and he is so over it. This baby bunny, on the other hand, broke my heart. He was pawing at my back door and wanted so badly to come inside….

Close enough

“The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.” I spotted this at a stoplight in the middle of my run tonight. I thought it sort of looked like a smile, so I had to smile back.


“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness.” – marcandangel

Yes, it does

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” – Oscar Wilde

Kindness Matters

This morning I found a great blog post called “22 Tiny Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day.”  While I’ve heard of or done many of these, there were a few new ones that I’m going to give a try. And I’m passing along because I figure the world…