Light and Luxury

Can we take a few moments to admire the ridiculousness that was the late afternoon light in the park this afternoon? Everything looked like it had a golden filter applied. Such a beautiful afternoon. We walked and walked and walked. And Finn has slept and slept and slept ever since. 🙂 And we met three…

This and That

This fading Black-eyed Susan made me laugh. It looks like it has eyeballs. And there are still just a few trees left determined to keep the fall color show going. Day 8 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A beautiful sound. Answer: The obvious answer would be music, especially Christmas music. Whitney Houston in the Preacher’s Wife…

Well, Yellow There…

Three words: Gingkos are magic. It’s not often that I have to wait for people in the park to leave my frame so I can take a photo of something, but the gingkoes had a lot of people stopping in their tracks and wandering off the paths. Little kids tossed leaf piles in the air…

Small journeys

On the way to the office this morning, I realized how much being home for the last year and a half has made me enjoy getting out and about — so much that I even appreciate the stoplights along my route to work. I love to look around, see what’s developing (in nature or man-made)….


So far this fall has been the season of red. But I’m thinking yellow deserves some serious love for its showing as well.

Good choice

Every day you have an important choice to make. Whether to cherish or waste the most valuable blessing you have – time. Today you have the choice to spend it wisely, appreciating every minute of your life, loving the people that love you, focusing on all the good you have. Find what makes you happy,…


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo…

Making the most of it

Welp. While we gained an hour of sleep, the sun is setting super early — and now I’m officially running in the dark. Gone are the glorious autumn scenes like the one above, replaced instead by a few feet of sidewalk illuminated by my flashlight. Usually this is a tough transition for me. As a…

Things I wish for you

I spotted this wonderful sentiment and thought it was worth sharing with others (along with photos from my morning run in the Park and my later-in-the-morning walk with Finn). Things I wish for you That you go on lots of long walks and enjoy your own company. That you learn that the real magic doesn’t…

No filter needed

Today’s visit to the park was brought to you by the color red.


“Love your life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things that you’re scared to do. Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don’t waste it.” – unknown


“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant Trying to get outside as much as we can these days to take in all the lovely smiles. Including my dog’s smile. They say you should write down three things each day for which you are grateful. My list today? 1.) Red; 2.) Orange; and…

You’re not normal; you’re amazing.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou And you are amazing, funky reddish-pinkish-orangish vine. That’s right. You just keep on showing off your colorful self amidst all of your green neighbors. I’m here for it.


“Be extra kind, and show respectevery chance you get.Keep reminding yourselfthat everyone you meet is a human being whodreams of something,fears something,loves someone, andhas lost someone.” -@marcandangel


Every walk is covered in nature’s confetti right now. Which is wholly appropriate for this guy — who turns ONE tomorrow! Woo hoo, let’s celebrate!

Here we go

The trees atop Art Hill seem to have gotten the memo and are really starting to show their colorful stuff – and the rest of the park is trying to follow their lead. So the next week or two should be really fun.


Yesterday I fell asleep before I had a chance to post day #6 of the “7 ways to be more kind to your mind” exercise/self-reflections from @laurajaneillustrations. So today I’ll post the thoughts/reflections for both Friday and Saturday. Twofer! For Friday: “Check in with your feelings. What are you feeling today? Why are you feeling this way? What…

You’re doing great

Goodness, it seems like the leaves are slow going this year. But I’m milking every glimpse of color I can find. Even the ones like these just starting the transition give me hope. Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, I found an exercise/self-reflection on Instagram (@laurajaneillustrations) that I really liked: “7 ways to be more kind…

Ways to be more kind to your mind (Day 1)

I found an exercise/self-reflection on Instagram (@laurajaneillustrations) that I really liked: “7 ways to be more kind to your mind.” She breaks it down to one item per day for a full week. Looks like Sunday is Day 1, so I figure I’ll start there – and I thought I’d share, just in case you…

Fun Fall finds with Finn

This week’s walks are brought to you by the letter “F” — fun fall finds with Finn. Above: A house along our route knocks it out of the park every year, but this year’s skeleton scene actually made me gasp out loud. Below: Finn cannot understand why I cannot walk and pick up leaves at…


They’re thinking about it.

You never know

You never really know the impact you have on people around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk. So don’t wait to be kind….

Think and be thankful

Today I listened to an audio recording of mass during a long walk through the park.It was a Sunday sermon like no other. The message, the light, the reflections, the clouds…it was all pretty glorious.


From impressions left on the pavement to the blanket of color surrounding a freshly emptied tree, even fall’s aftermath is beautiful. I’m so sorry to see the glory of the season fade. But I guess letting go is the whole point of fall.


“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” – Ansel Adams What started as a bit of exercise in the park turned into more than two hours of wandering, exploring and savoring the colors, shapes and textures of the season. What a beautiful day on so many levels….