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.


Today I put up my favorite Christmas decoration — my grampa’s chapel that he made for my grandma more than 100 years ago. He modeled it after the first church they attended together, also shown above. It’s one of the most cherished things I own — and not just because it’s adorable. It’s because of…


“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….

On purpose

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the void. “Or when you paid for that young couple in the restaurant? Or when you saved the dog in traffic?…


“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…

This and That

Just a quick mix of fun finds. The fluffiest ranunculus I’ve seen. Random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A feline photobomb…with my fluffy ranunculus. More random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A beautiful bundle of late-summer blooms from our kind neighbors. And still more random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. And a…


Another stop on my day off: the Missouri Botanical Garden. A perfect place on a perfect day. But honestly, if I only saw the Autumn Crocus, I would’ve been totally happy.

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…

That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…


A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.  I’ve watched in awe this summer as my neighbors’ garden has filled with a stunning assortment of blooms. Different shapes, colors, textures and heights have all worked together to create a welcoming front entry and a comforting back yard…

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


I pulled a photo of my flowers into the Hipstamatic app and this is what happened. I am geeking out.

Happy Thoughts

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Push right back.

He said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter,…

Butterflies and Baking

During this whole social distancing thing we’ve had going on since March, I really haven’t had many opportunities to go all-out on the cookie making front. I love to bake, but I don’t need dozens of baked goods sitting around the house with no one to eat them but me. But I got to see…


I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…


“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