Thank you

“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku

Poetry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Marie Rilke St. Louis, spring looks really good on you.

Fingerprints

“You might think that you don’t matter in this world, but because of you, someone has a favorite mug to drink their tea out of that you bought them. Someone hears a song on the radio and it reminds them of you. Someone has read a book you recommended to them and gotten lost in…

Tulip Trot

When my friend and I signed up for a “tulip trot” in the Garden, winterish weather wasn’t what we had in mind.  But that’s what it was — super cold and rainy. But it’s the Botanical Garden. And the Botanical Garden is always beautiful. We didn’t bother to trot, but we did get to see…

Life Lately…

…according to the iPhone. Three guesses as to what season it is: Hint: it’s not winter. (Above: Around the neighborhood; Below: Trail run) (Below: cookie decorating class) Fully enjoying every bit of this beautiful SPRING.

Weekend Adventures

“For the highs and lows and moments between, mountains and valleys, rivers and streams, for where you are now and where you will go, for “I’ve always known,” and “I told you so,” for nothing is happening,” and “all has gone wrong,” it is all in this journey you will learn to be strong. And…

Thanks for Being You

The following is an excerpt from an email I received from a wonderful friend on Wednesday, which also happened to be the first day of Spring. I removed a bit of information specific to my friend’s work*. “Hi Laura, Hope all is going well for you. Welcome to spring, even if it’s a little dreary! I’m…

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…

Bloom!

My neighbor’s azaleas are over the top.

Cheers!

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams

Life Lately…

…according to the iPhone. Beautiful blooms. A makeshift Color Run in my neighborhood. Unparalleled Easter enthusiasm. Baking, decorating, running, enjoying. Is there anything better than a weekend? (No.)

Of Course

The first day of spring coincides with the International Day of Happiness. Coincidence? I think not. Violet is worn out from the excitement. Wishing you happiness in the warmth and light of the new season.

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…

Morning Affirmations & Stuff

This morning an email landed in my inbox from Spirituality & Health that included a wonderful list of “20 Morning Affirmations.” Here is a link to the full list, but below I pulled out a few examples, accompanied by some of my recent photos. – I greet the day with joy and gratitude. – I am so…

Unusual Beauty

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” Tonight, I found a really nice one. We’re back at the hospital for another round of the dreaded MRIs. The same MRIs that confine my kids to a claustrophobic tube for anywhere between three and four hours a pop. A recent…

Well, That Makes Sense.

It’s interesting (and entirely appropriate) that the first day of spring coincides with the International Day of Happiness, don’t you think? (Even if ours did start with an unexpected snow shower.) Hello, Spring. Hello, Happiness.  Here’s to the season of renewed hopes, new beginnings, and fresh starts. 

Wise Little Message

 “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour, author Well, would you look at this brazen little sucker.  Previously pruned, leaves gone, confined by its fence while left to fend off winter’s elements… the outlook seemed a bit bleak for this little thing over…

Spring Affirmations

A walk through the Botanical Garden this morning revealed some glimpses of color and earliest signs of spring, as well as some fun shapes, patterns and even a few stories. The Garden always seems to be the place I can go to decompress and re-center when life gets busy. Today was no exception. With gratitude, here…

Happy

In light of Beecher’s observation, here are a few common happiness-inducing things as of late: – Funny co-workers – Rice Krispie treats – Sleeping with the windows open – Flowers that look just like popcorn along my path – Big balls of purring kitties sleeping on my feet – May sunshine and cool breezes –…