Holiday Recap – Cookie Edition

I took my first cookie decorating class a year ago this month. I was so excited to make my own cookies this year instead of buying from the bakery. I still have a lot to learn, but that’s the best part.


“Find joy in the little things and hope in unexpected places.” – Morgan Harper Nichols (See it?)


“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss


“Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives.” – Sunflowers – Rupi Kaur, poet

Either way

 ‘I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or…

Thank you

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

Perfectly Imperfect

“I believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up.” – Anna White Today my oldest son had appointments with his oncologist and neurologist — not our favorite family activity.  I’d handled myself fairly well in the days leading up to the appointments, not quite…

I Know You

“I’ve mentioned this several times before but Catholic theologian James Allison describes faith not as intellectually ascending to a set of theological propositions, but he describes faith as relaxing. Relaxing in the love and presence of God in the way we relax in the presence of someone we are certain is fond of us. When…

Life Lately on the Run

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin So is a run. My runs have had some funky themes lately that have kept me laughing, including… Faces… And fuzzy hats… Shoes… Mittens (in August)… And gloves (again, in August)… And even a suitcase or two to hold it all. Seriously, what would…

New York State of Mind

A New York adventure with my younger son brought big fun…and LOTS of walking — exactly 30.1 miles in three days. Which meant some wonderful photo opportunities. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s, we spent as much time outside as possible — including dinner in Times Square. But here’s the real reason…

Unplanned Stop and Lessons Learned

This morning, I had a small window of time between mass and work in which I’d originally planned on picking up breakfast, enjoying a chai latte, and making a leisurely drive to the office. But the early morning sun rising over a nearby lake made for an unplanned stop along the way. It was a bitter…

Lost Panda

Lost toy. Lost panda toy. Are you kidding me?? This commercial made me cry like a toddler. But then get a load of this. As fate and weirdness would have it, check out what I noticed in the front yard of a nearby new home construction site. Some adorable little girl better be on her…


“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. “Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. “Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. “Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” – Yoko Ono Autumn colors are starting to make a statement, but summer temperatures are making it tougher to fully transition. But some super fun finds made…

What Was That?

So life has been weird lately. Depending upon how you look at it, I’m either entering a new phase of life or leaving an old one. My kids are building their resumes, planning careers, and I will likely have an empty house by the end of the summer. I’ve never had a childless house in…

You Might Just Make it After All

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore


“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel And if who/what she wants to be requires a cape for her holiday baking, she absolutely should wear a cape. Because bakers are superheroes, too. Not pictured: this little girl’s twin, donning a matching cape.

Best. Reaction. Ever.

This video has been making the rounds and I’ve probably watched it a million times now. This dog’s reaction to seeing a life-sized version of his favorite toy is priceless.

No Idea

“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt It always fascinates me to look at my photo library on my phone after several days. Almost without exception, themes seem to emerge. Colors, subject matter,…

Bowie, Proust, and Sunday Thoughts

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this article with David Bowie’s answers to Proust’s famous questionnaire. (Link here) Not only were Bowie’s answers thought-provoking (and funny), so were the questions themselves. So I decided to answer the questions myself, accompanied by a few recent photos. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Adventures with my kids What is…

Music and Memory

Yesterday during my run, I heard notes from a saxophone lift above the usual whistles, hollering, and grunting of the high school football field. At first I wondered if the band was rehearsing on the track. But as I passed by, I noticed this young musician practicing on his saxophone on the bleachers.  Surprised, I…