Flower Love

These flowers came home with me from a work event. I’m in love.

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…

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….

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…

Three in one

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. – Henry David Thoreau Oh, how I have loved running this fall. Even at night. But today’s run around Forest Park was a dabble in three seasons: Summer’s flowers. Fall’s…

It Was Always About You

“You’re going to realize it one day — that happiness was never about your job, or your degree, or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you, it was never about being like the others. One day, you’re going to see it —…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

Sunday Blessing

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the greatest of these gifts — the love that has been given to you. May you be…