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.

Flower Love

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

You Do You

“Always remember you are just where you need to be. Everything you are experiencing is conspiring to help you grow. So let go and love where you are and the infinite wisdom of your life in this moment.”  This morning I saw snow flurries blowing around in subfreezing gusts of wind, so before I set…

Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…

Better

I found some words to make living better….and some blooms to make my house better. Both are below. 1.) Stop worrying. If it’s supposed to happen, it will. 2.) Allow yourself to be a beginner. 3.) Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself. 4.) Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive. 5.) Listen to your…

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.

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…

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…

Brewery Lights

Finally! After calling St. Louis home for all these years, last night was the first time I got to see the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. It was worth the wait. We even got to see it under a full moon! A few of the Clydesdales were available for photo opportunities. Even the lights are happy. (See…

Inspired

“When children listen to music, they don’t just listen. They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm. Something inside starts to unfold its wings — soon the child and the music are one.” — Michael Jackson Friday evening brought a trip downtown to our Symphony. After we admired every decked hall,  we listened…

Pop!

What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….

Before and After

“Humor is reason gone mad.”  – Groucho Marx I was searching through my photos for something this morning and found this silliness from a few weeks ago. These still make me laugh out loud. Before: My kitchen candle looked like a little old Zen master. After: Then I lit him. Cling tightly to humor wherever…

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….

Reverse Advent

So…I put the tree up a little early this year in anticipation of decorating with my kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. But I’ve also found a neat advent idea that I’m thinking about trying this year. It’s called a “reverse advent calendar.” Instead of opening a door or box each day and removing…

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…