Present

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…Gratefully.” – Maya Angelou The best part about long walks outside with my dog is that it is the one time I am sure to be fully…

13 Necessary Virtues

Today I stumbled upon something kinda neat on LinkedIn. It was a more extensive post than what I’m including now, but below are the 13 Necessary Virtues according to Benjamin Franklin in┬áThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Some pretty lofty standards for moral living, but I also thought it was timeless food for thought and effective…

Frosty

A frigid, frost-filled walk through the park this morning. Mother Nature is such an amazing artist. I couldn’t decide which was more fascinating – the fuzzy frost or the patterns in the ice. I have no idea if Finn’s shirts and sweaters actually keep him warm, but he sure looks cute.

Imperfections and grace

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.” – Brene Brown Lawd have mercy, I have been SO aware of my imperfections lately. And for whatever reason, I’ve been thinking about it a…

Visible

“As the world fights to figure everything out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, Saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone who is lonely, being patient with sales clerks, smiling at passersby. Why? Because I will not stand idly…

New Year

Our first walk of 2023 was a strange and wickedly wonderful little adventure in the fog – below are just a few of the photos I took along the way. I know I should write something about resolutions or goals as we begin this new chapter, but I’m not in a new-year-new-me state of mind….

14 years

WordPress reminded me yesterday that I first posted with them 11 years ago. Prior to moving over to this platform, I’d blogged somewhere else under a different title. In all, I’ve been blogging for 14 years. Some more diligently than others, but 14 years. I briefly scrolled through my first posts and I started thinking…

Beautifully

You know what’s great about sunrises and sunsets? It’s that no matter what lies ahead, the day can begin beautifully. And no matter what happened over the course of the day, it can end beautifully. And today, well… today began beautifully. Like jaw on the floor beautifully.

Happier

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana This park looks so cool any time of year. Fascinating shapes when the trees are completely bare. Nature’s garland. Perfect reflections. And always a smile.

Frost Flowers

I’m a little behind, but I really wanted to post these images from the other day. With the first real cold snap in the area, the air was frigid, but the ground still hadn’t experienced a hard freeze — which makes for ideal conditions for a frost flower bloom. (Or so I’ve been told.) So…

Kindness

Today is International Kindness Day! To mark the occasion, here is a fun mural I saw over the weekend during a road trip, along with a list of “seven ways to start making kindness the norm in your daily life” (according to a very nice random Instagram post I spotted this week): 1.) Send an…

Reality

“Your brain will constantly rewire itself to suit the information that you feed into it. If you constantly complain, gossip, find excuses, etc., it will make it much easier to find things to get upset about, regardless of what is happening around you. Likewise, if you constantly search for opportunities, abundance, love, and things to…

Sunday Scenes

Today’s leaf report: while most colors are past their peak, there’s still quite a bit of beauty and the gingko tress are just getting warmed up. There’s still some red out there! And hearts, of course.

And it was all yellow

Today’s leaf report: Gingko trees are starting to let go. Even the damp, dreary morning couldn’t dull this display. This is not my house, but I could not resist taking this photo on my way home. You know how Christmas cards sometimes depict a sweet little house enveloped in a fresh blanket of snow? This…

There it is

Today’s leaf report. I had to take the photo inside because I collected these leaves during a walk that I couldn’t finish before dark — for the first time this season. I’ve been dreading this. Although I did manage to spot and take a photo of a little tar heart before I needed a flashlight….

In Season

“May your day be full of magic and may you not be too busy to see it.” This is the season of magic. Even a leaf stuck in a fence can glow like a star during the golden hour. A leaf can also double as a doormat. Of course there’s always love, which is always…

Magic

“If you look closely, you can find magic tucked inside of ordinary moments every single day… You can see it in how your momma looks at you with boundless love, even knowing your entire story, faults and all. You can feel magic as the sun rises, filling the air with endless possibility at a new…

No Words Necessary

“Spread the love of God through your life, but only use words when necessary.” – Mother Teresa I was looking through my photo library this evening and was startled when I noticed how many little love notes I’ve stumbled upon recently. Some I’ve already posted, but I thought it was worth posting them all as…

Remember

“There is such a difference between asking ‘what did you do today?’ versus ‘what do you want to remember about today?’” – Topher Kearby Today I want to remember an early morning walk in the park, so chilly I could see my breath in the air. And I want to remember all the red. The…

Whisper

“Almost everything you think and do is a subtle reflection of what you believe about yourself. Thus, it’s not what you broadcast to everyone else that determines the trajectory of your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself behind closed doors that has the greatest power and influence.” – @marcandangel

Lessons from Leaves

This year I’ve been noticing a lot of leaves that appear to have been tie-dyed instead of simply transitioning to a solid shade. I love how unique this makes each leaf. Even ones from the same tree can look and transition in totally different ways. (This one reminded me of a stoplight.) (If I’m not…

Golden

Yesterday I was able to close the day with a stroll around the park with my younger son. Golden hour, gorgeous weather. It was perfect. I honestly believe the light is different this time of year. It’s like viewing the world through a colored filter.