Bowie, Proust, and Sunday Thoughts

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this article with David Bowie’s answers to Proust’s famous questionnaire. (Link here) Not only were Bowie’s answers thought-provoking (and funny), so were the questions themselves. So I decided to answer the questions myself, accompanied by a few recent photos. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Adventures with my kids What is…

For the Love of Samaritans

Please take a few minutes to read this sermon from Nadia Bolz Weber, called “Why it is the Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and Not the Parable of the Robbers.” (Link here.) So. Much. Yes. It is a perfect commentary on the state of our world, the deafening barrage of violence and hate within our news, and…

He Really Was a Good Man.

This throwback photo seemed to be the perfect image to post along with this fascinating look at Charles Schulz and Peanuts on Brain Pickings called “Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions.” A friend shared the article on Facebook this morning and I’ve been thinking about it…

Filling the Tank

“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.” — Max Ehrmann, writer My running buddies and I, after numerous failed attempts to coordinate schedules, were finally able to get together for a long walk…

It Was All Yellow

Last week, I was fascinated by a number of ginkgo trees around town that seemed to decide to drop their leaves all at once, forming gigantic yellow carpets on the ground. Here’s a big one I saw near Forest Park. I was totally impressed with our local display until I saw… Check out this article and these photos…

#GoBeKind

After a flood of visceral hatred and ugliness filling my Facebook feed (worse than the typical political spewage), I’ve begun to seriously flirt with the idea of dropping Facebook altogether. I love keeping up with a number of friends over social media, but the constant barrage of negativity and righteous indignation has become too painful. Between the irrational outrage…

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.”…

You Find What You Are Looking For

Stumbled upon photographer Hailey Bartholomew’s 365 Grateful Project TED Talk. And then I looked up her website. Please take some time to check out both her talk and her work. You won’t be sorry. Reflection and Gratitude. Reflection and Gratitude. How many times do I need to re-learn that these are the two main ingredients…

‘Make Something Beautiful’: A Father’s Business Lesson

“Our business philosophy is something like, ‘Every day we go to work, and we try to make something beautiful.” Please click on the photo for a link to this New York Times video about the store Miya Shoji and their life’s work. This. This is what I want out of my life. Somewhere. Somehow. Omigosh. This.

14 Perfect Japanese Words

A bit of fun from buzzfeed.com: “14 Perfect Japanese Words You Need in Your Life.” So many of these made me smile for different reasons. 1.) Komorebi (n): sunlight filtering through trees. 2.) Irusu (n): pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door. 3.) Shinrin-Yoku (n): literally “forest bathing” – a visit to…

Not your kid’s balloon animals…

My favorite blog, Colossal, published a post a few days ago and I’m still geeking out about it. Japanese balloon artist Masatoshi Matsumoto created these unbelievably beautiful and intricate balloon sculptures — made without the benefit of any tools or additional materials whatsoever. No tape, glue, adhesive, nothing. I mean… Seriously?! Can you believe these?…

Babies and Besties

Stumbled upon this gorgeous blog today belonging to Agnieszka Gulczynska, a ridiculously talented Polish mom and photographer. While these are just a few samples, click here to view all of her magical work or click on any of the photos below — then relax and enjoy. (The third photo made my breath catch.)  (I mean. Is…

Making Kindness Your Superpower

I LOVED this article so, so much. It gives the author’s 25 tips on making kindness your “superpower.” Click on the link for the full 25, but here are a few of my absolute favorites: – Use social media to promote positive messaging and compassion. Stand up for kindness. – Make peace with someone who has hurt you. – Say thank…

Jimmy Choo and Other Delights

Do yourself a favor. When you have a chance, go to Rafael Mantesso’s Instagram page. Unfortunately, I’m not savvy enough to pull some of the photos from Instagram into my blog. But he has many photos other than that of his adorable bull terrier. So I pulled what I could from this article. Not only…

Ten Rules for Changing the World

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” — Mahatma Gandhi Passing along an article I really enjoyed at dailygood.org called Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg. Here’s a link to the full article, but I’m including…

Kindness Challenge

“Pay Forward a Surprise Treat.” That was the theme of Day 1 of a 21-Day Kindness Challenge that is being hosted by one of my favorite websites (kindspring.org). The specifics: “Rev up the engines — it’s time to upgrade someone’s day from mundane to magical with unexpected kindness! Kick off the Kindness Challenge by leaving extra…

Humans of New York

Recently I stumbled upon a blog (and Instagram and Facebook page) called Humans of New York (link here). Once I got sucked in, I could not tear myself away. I still cannot get enough of these portraits…I even bought the book. The photographer is a young man named Brandon Stanton. Don’t get me wrong, he’s…

What a Find!

Today’s blog post on Colossal provided a treasure trove of gorgeousness on multiple levels.* First, there’s this magical time lapse video of the 2013 Albuquerque Balloon Festival. My life’s “looking forward to it” list just expanded by one outrageously breathtaking visual feast. Geez, I thought OUR balloon race was awesome. It pales in comparison. Look…

Good Dog

Meet Maddie the Coonhound and her photographer owner Theron Humphrey. Together, these two make up one of my new favorite blogs: Maddie the Coonhound: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics. This is part of a daily photo project as Humphrey travels across the country for a year with Maddie as his sidekick. I…