Make sure

“Every minute someone leaves this world behind. We are all “in line” without knowing it. We never know how many people are before us. We cannot move to the back of the line. We cannot step out of the line. We cannot avoid the line. So while we wait in line: Make moments count. Make…

Monday Mantra

“Release yourself from the pressure of the perfectly-figured-out life and spend the day remembering what is good and true.” – Morgan Harper Nichols (I do believe that my dog is both good and true. Not the purpose of the quote, but worth tossing into the mix of things to remember today.)

Neighbors

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” – Winnie the Pooh My Monday morning started out with this note on my doorstep, a darling portrait of me, my dog and my sweet little neighbor. The sentiment had me smiling all day. When I talked to my mom about…

‘Why can’t everyone be friends?’

This video spoke to me in a big and personal way. As an adult transplant to a new city, I found – and continue to find, even years later – it to be very difficult to make friends. My closest friends live hours away, so “let’s go have coffee” isn’t in the realm of possibility….

Inside

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.” – Mary Oliver I cannot love that quote more – and I absolutely agree with it. I also believe that the desire to see something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us….

Expression of Gratitude

I saw this today and was so moved. Few people feel so indebted on Memorial Day that they create their own expression of gratitude.

Five Words

Five words to keep in your vocabulary (even when you’re facing the unknown): 1.) Rest The act of ceasing to work in order to be refreshed and recover your strength (even when you don’t think you’re worthy of it). 2.) Play To engage in an activity just for the fun of it (even when there’s…

Everything is new

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland It’s no secret that I love spring and I’m always a total geek for its flowers. But I can’t remember the last time I was this relieved to see some blooms. Winter has a way of making you feel stuck. Stuck inside the…

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.

Found

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

Amazing

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

Brightest

“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…

Sunday

“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