Nature’s Design

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle This was the frozen lake surface at a nearby park on Friday. The natural designs reminded me of modern art line drawings. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. By the way, today’s temperatures were close to 70 degrees. Good thing I got these icy photos when I did.

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.

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…

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….

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…

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…

Above…

“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The skies have been putting on a serious show lately! Just wow…

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 —…

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.

Shaw Nature Reserve

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

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…

Bee Blossoms

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee… …it blossoms and the bee comes.