Colors of Winter

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.” – Terri Guillemets, author Today I decided to follow the herd of bird nerds and make a quick road trip to the migratory bird sanctuary in Alton, Illinois. A young snowy owl recently made a rare appearance, so I wanted to see…

Cup of Gratitude

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”  Now that both of my kids are living in different states and have obligations there, the holidays just became a little more complicated.  My youngest couldn’t make it home due to his work and…

Do-Overs!

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” – Bern Williams, author A work trip up north gave me a second chance at Spring…and I felt so, so lucky and hopeful. As if one spring isn’t cause enough for gratitude, I got to experience it twice this year. It…

A Few Wishes

Last week brought a work road trip and glimpses of what I’m calling a superbloom of yellow along the way. It brought reminders of how we’re supposed to care for our fellow human beings. And it brought gorgeous skies after days of rains that were seemingly without end. My wish for this next week? Bravery…

A Little Quiet

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass I’m sorry that my blog has been a little quiet for the past few days. I’ve not been neglectful, I’ve just spent the last few days on a silence retreat on the grounds of a convent in Indiana. With all of life’s recent changes…

Sometimes

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Three-Day Adventure…and a New Chapter

When you spend 24 hours of a three-day road trip in the car, you make your own adventures. My younger son started his new job in Tennessee today, so his brother, his girlfriend, and I moved him over the weekend. Each way, we drove through  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Day One We didn’t stop…

Are We There Yet?

“Small progress is still progress.” – unknown This weekend brought a road trip to Kansas City to see my bestie — and my second half marathon of the year, the Hospital Hill Half. My bestie and her family were at the start line by 6:30 in the morning to see me off. It was a…

Free Inspiration

One of the best parts about exploring Washington D.C. is that you’re never inhibited by cost. Practically every museum, monument, and attraction offers free admission, so you can discover amazing gems in venues that you wouldn’t have stumbled upon otherwise. And this gem turned out to be my favorite discovery of the trip. We dropped by…

Lost and Found

“I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold, writer I would amend this to read, “I like gardens – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” This sums up my visit to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens at the…

So Weird.

Today my boy and I headed home after a brief road trip to Indianapolis. And I must say it was a rather…odd…trip. First up, Brazil, Indiana. Home of the Popcorn Festival. As much as I hate to admit it, I was intrigued. I looked it up when I got home, but alas was disappointed to…

Where Do I Begin?

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” — Pablo Picasso What an interesting day. At the end of a work trip, a brief window of time allowed for a quick run through at the Hallmark Visitor’s Center before catching the flight home. This was a stop that…

Weekend, Part II

Today started out with a beautiful mist — and it only grew lovelier. This was the perfect day for a trip with my Mom and sister to Warm Springs Ranch, home to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We got to see lots of these pretty fellas. I think this one wanted a scratch.   It’s hard…

Weekend, Part I

So how much fun was this weekend? My answer? A LOT of fun. Saturday morning, I headed to the middle of the state to spend the weekend with my family. First stop: the local nature center with my sister to take an ornament-making class. This plant is real. It stopped me in my tracks on…

Running in the Windy City

Our second marathon is in the books — mine, as well as Drew’s! Neither of us achieved the times we were hoping for, but we finished. It was a little too warm, unbelievably windy, and an all-around tough day. But we got through our training, made it to the start line uninjured, endured 26.2 miles, crossed the finish and…

A(nother) Day in the Life

Two times over the past few years, I’ve completed a “day in the life” photo project, taking at least one photo each hour (whenever possible) during the course of the day (first project link here; second project link here). Yesterday, I had another business trip, so I thought I would give it another try. Again, the objective wasn’t to…

The Big Question

“The big question is whether you are going to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” – Joseph Campbell

Going, But Not Arriving

“When you practice walking meditation, you go for a stroll.  You have no purpose or direction in space or time.  The purpose of walking meditation is walking meditation itself.  Going is important, not arriving.  Walking meditation is not a means to an end; it is an end.  Each step is life; each step is peace…

Fields of Gold

In spite of its drawbacks (hateful political posts, vague booking, overshared details of offsprings’ projectile vomit, poop, etc), Facebook can be a pretty wonderful thing. It connects us to friends from all facets of our lives, entertains us with cat videos, updates us on the latest news (and gossip)…and inspires us to explore new places. Like this place. Prior…

New Proverb

  The person who lives in a straw house should not strike matches. (Photo opp courtesy of a work trip to Mt. Vernon, IL, yesterday.)