Better

I found some words to make living better….and some blooms to make my house better. Both are below. 1.) Stop worrying. If it’s supposed to happen, it will. 2.) Allow yourself to be a beginner. 3.) Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself. 4.) Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive. 5.) Listen to your…

Snow Day

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle Or to walk in the cold. To appreciate a lot of snowflakes.

Words Matter

“If you don’t believe in carefully choosing your words, think of the difference between, “You look like the breath of spring” and “You look like the end of a hard winter.”  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Year’s resolutions and some things I’d like to work on. I’ve settled on a few tangible…

Perfectly Imperfect

“I believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up.” – Anna White Today my oldest son had appointments with his oncologist and neurologist — not our favorite family activity.  I’d handled myself fairly well in the days leading up to the appointments, not quite…

Distracted Runner – New Year Edition

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis Welcome, 2019! I ushered in the New Year with a nice, easy run — my first since developing shingles after Thanksgiving. So this was a real joy. I really missed it — all…

Christmas in the Desert – Part II

The football game was all about my boys, the light festival was for all of us, but the Desert Botanical Garden was my Christmas gift. Although as it turned out, we all loved it. Our Botanical Garden has a reciprocal agreement with this garden, so we only had to pay admission for one of us….

Christmas in the Desert

This was the view from the plane over Arizona — a trip that was our family Christmas gift. It was last-minute, very brief and it’s a long story, but what an amazing time! Here is the reason we chose Phoenix: my oldest son is a Rams fan; my youngest fan is a Cardinals fan and…

Brewery Lights

Finally! After calling St. Louis home for all these years, last night was the first time I got to see the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. It was worth the wait. We even got to see it under a full moon! A few of the Clydesdales were available for photo opportunities. Even the lights are happy. (See…

Inspired

“When children listen to music, they don’t just listen. They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm. Something inside starts to unfold its wings — soon the child and the music are one.” — Michael Jackson Friday evening brought a trip downtown to our Symphony. After we admired every decked hall,  we listened…

Pop!

What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….

Before and After

“Humor is reason gone mad.”  – Groucho Marx I was searching through my photos for something this morning and found this silliness from a few weeks ago. These still make me laugh out loud. Before: My kitchen candle looked like a little old Zen master. After: Then I lit him. Cling tightly to humor wherever…

Memories on display

I put up the tree this year. This sounds like such a routine holiday accomplishment, but it was a big hurdle for me. Last year, I couldn’t manage to pull it off. It was my first Christmas season without my kids at home and I was struggling with the transition. I couldn’t figure out the…

Garden Glow

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber And there’s no better feeling than Christmas lights. Especially Garden Glow Christmas lights. Magical.

Sunday Sermon

My latest Distracted Runner find. Can I get an Amen?

So much more

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir This morning I went out to get some fresh air at a local nature reserve after several days of cold and rain. Sunny and warmer than we’ve seen in days, the weather seemed to draw dozens of families to the trails….

Reverse Advent

So…I put the tree up a little early this year in anticipation of decorating with my kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. But I’ve also found a neat advent idea that I’m thinking about trying this year. It’s called a “reverse advent calendar.” Instead of opening a door or box each day and removing…

Start Digging

“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is…

Remember…

Always remember you are braver than you believe Stronger than you seem Smarter than you think and loved more than you know.

Wow…

“To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call…