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.

Life lately through the iPhone

This was the sunrise before an ill-advised half-marathon I completed recently — my first in-person race in two years. I wasn’t even vaguely prepared, but I helped a friend cross the finish line of her first half. Totally worth it, but I will never go into an event without properly training ever again. And here…

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….

How it started…

…and how it’s still going. We saw this nest of eggs on Mother’s Day and have loved watching the little family evolve ever since. I suspect the next time I walk by the nest will be empty.

Five Words

Five words to keep in your vocabulary (even when you’re facing the unknown): 1.) Rest The act of ceasing to work in order to be refreshed and recover your strength (even when you don’t think you’re worthy of it). 2.) Play To engage in an activity just for the fun of it (even when there’s…

How it started…how it’s going

I spotted this pending family on Mother’s Day… …and this is what they look like now. Are miracles ever in more abundance than in the springtime? It boggles my mind.

I spy…

You know, I always thought I was a fairly observant person — until I got a puppy. Everything is brand new to this guy. And I do mean everything. A crow’s cackle, a firetruck’s siren, a squirrel’s chatter…everything requires a pause and thorough investigation. And he doesn’t miss a thing. He forces me to slow…

Saturday Reflections

“Even here, life is a gift. Amidst all that is missing and does not make sense, the fact that we are breathing in this very moment matters. “May we never take for granted the love we have known in this life. May we never take for granted the sense of community, even if our ‘community’…

That’s a first

In all the years we’ve lived here and all the times I’ve visited Forest Park, I have never seen the Grand Basin frozen over — and I’ve certainly never walked on the surface. But guess what I got to do recently? You got it. And what a blast it was. So was the snow angel….


“It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.” — Chuck Berry I’d mentioned yesterday that I wasn’t really up to much in the way of resolutions for 2021. I did, however, see something on Instagram (@theshineapp) today that I think will better fit the bill — intentions. There are just…

What’s on the horizon

“What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder.” – Oprah Winfrey I haven’t felt much like writing lately, but I really hit a wall when I started thinking about drafting resolutions…

As it unfolds

“Gratitude: the daily art of celebrating the life unfolding before your eyes.” – Morgan Harper Nichols And you just never know what you’re gonna see. Today was a really lovely, quirky and often humorous walk around a local lake. From beginning to end, there were so many funky and unexpected finds. Not shown below: a…

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….


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

Wasn’t expecting that

I took a stroll through the Botanical Garden today and saw a number of blooms that surprised me. And here I thought that all of the fall colors had faded!

Color my world

“Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it takes much to love these colors — and there’s nothing ordinary about any of them. But wow, aren’t…

A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman


“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Ever So Slowly

“You don’t just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur, poet (But wouldn’t it be nice to grow to be as beautiful as this little creature?)

Sorry, little guy

This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.