Good Choice

“Every day you have an important choice to make. Whether to cherish or to waste the most valuable blessing that you have — time. Today you have the choice to spend it wisely, appreciating every moment of your life, loving the people that love you, focusing on all the good that you have. Find what…

Respect Your Mother

Happy Earth Day! Took a long walk this morning, appreciating Mother Earth — her beauty, her humor and her resilience.

Such a Difference

“Your impact on other people is bigger than you think. Someone still giggles when they think of that funny thing you said. Someone still smiles when they think of the compliment you gave them. Someone silently admires you. The advice you give has made a difference for people. The support and love you’ve offered others…

Special Day

“Your life journey is a special one. Cherish every single day of your life, because if you won’t, who will? Time flies so quickly and every day is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted. As you wake up every day, put your heart into every breath of yours. Be grateful to be able to…

And yoooo are…? (Part 2)

In addition to getting a better look at the mama owl in Forest Park (and finally one of her babies), guess who recently paid me another visit? This amazing creature chilled outside my back door for almost an entire day, from mid-morning until nightfall. I have no idea what the appeal of this spot was,…

When all else fails

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy; O divine Master, grant that I may not so much see to be…

Miracles

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen The tiniest reassurance: Spring really is coming.

Look Again

I was going through my photos from yesterday to clean up my phone when I got to this one. I hadn’t paid much attention to it before because my focus was on all the dogs. But then I honed in on the gentleman seated to the left. This is now my new favorite photo from…

Purina Pet Parade

St. Louis, specifically the Soulard neighborhood, is known for throwing an amazing Mardi Gras celebration. But in all the years we’ve lived here, remarkably we’ve never participated in any of the festivities – including the annual Purina Pet Parade. But we remedied that today. Originally, I’d signed us up to walk in the parade with…

You can do the hard things

“Your life’s course will not be determined by doing the things that you are certain you can do. Those are the easy things. It will be determined by whether you try the things that are hard.” – Sheryl Sandbery I spotted mamma owl napping in Forest Park this morning. She’s such a pretty girl. I…

Little joys

“If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of the sky at dark, and that we are here to take care of each other.” – unknown Also, remember that…

Love and…

“Okay, I know that there are terrible, terrible people out there, but listen… I also know that there are people who stop and smile at tiny plants growing out of sidewalk cracks, people who laugh so loud they snort, people who compliment others randomly, people who take pictures of their friends because they love seeing…

Good Stuff

“The true happiness of your life lies not in the events that are happening, but rather in the quality of your own thoughts. Train your brain to see the beauty around you, to notice the little details, to see the good in people. Positivity is a choice. Your choice.” — @highperspective So, the Lou got…

Hold that thought

I went for an unusual mid-afternoon training run today in anticipation of the seven to 14 inches of snow in our forecast (ice is in the mix, too) headed our way that will keep me indoors for the next few days. With all of the preparations for inclement weather, you can imagine my surprise –…

It all matters

“Your impact on the world is significant whether or not you are aware of it, and even whether or not you desire it.” – Gary Zukav I spotted this little heart with just a mile and a half left to go in my long run today, and it was just the boost I needed to…

No matter what

“Some days you feel great, some days not so much. But, remember, today is a blessing. You woke up, you see the sun and everything around you. You breathe. You are able to smell your favorite tea or coffee or your meal. You can smell a flower on your way to work or during a…

Did that really just happen?

Upon arrival to Kansas City this weekend, if I couldn’t remember why I was there, the entire city skyline would’ve reminded me. Absolutely every major building — and even Union Station’s dinosaur – was lit up red. Kansas City Chief’s red. But of course I never would’ve forgotten my reason for the trip: this was…

Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making…

Rule of Nature

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Sunday with the Snow People

We didn’t get a lot of snow, but that didn’t stop St. Louisans from making the absolute most of what was there. People still went sledding down Art Hill, as evidenced by the myriad of tracks. And people still built snow people — lots of snow people. Little snow people. A Wilford Brimley snow person….

Snowy Saturday

My first snowy run of the season. A little slushy and sloppy, but not bad at all. And of course I had to look for faces. This one cracked me up because it looked like a grumpy cartoon. And this one seemed to be the result of a dog slipping, which made the expression appropriate.

And yooou are…?

This lovely creature took some time to rest in my back yard this morning. And this was the look that was sent my way when I disturbed him/her. The definition of stink eye.

Reflecting on Betty and Bob

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez, “Nature Boy” Gotta give credit to 2021 and 2022; it’s been a fairly seamless handoff of bad news. Somehow we managed to close one year with the death of Betty White and open another with death of Sidney…

Different

“What makes you different is what makes you beautiful.” Or in the case of the little bird perched at the top of the tree, being “different” meant being a lot less crowded. I loved this image so much when I got it home and really looked at it. I’d taken it with my phone out…

Beginning

“It’s madness to hate all rosesbecause you got scratched with one thorn, to give up all dreams because one of them didn’t come true, to give up all attempts because one of them failed.” …. For every end, there is always a new beginning.” – Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince After my top-of-my-bucket list…