A Sunday Wish

“May your coffee, your patience, and your wifi be strong. May you look for beauty and find it, especially in the ordinary moments. May you laugh often, even if no one else knows why. And may your sense of humor, wonder, and weirdness remind you that… you are and always have been worthy of joy.”…

Seeing the Stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”  Last week I got to hear the stories behind some of the photos of Pete Souza, photographer to Presidents Obama and Reagan. Souza gave a talk at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City on Thursday evening. It…

Life Lately on the Run

“September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson, American author and poet Best of weather indeed. Running lately has been an absolute pleasure. It’s cool enough to be comfortable, but light enough to still see the gorgeousness along the way. Roses are still blooming in the…

Because…

…it’s Labor Day. There’s been a little bit of rest. Got a few runs in…and saw a few flowers along the way. Paid a few bills, did a little laundry, worked on my book, got pedis and coffee with friends. And watched a whole lotta US Open tennis. There’s just something about having no obligations and…

On Rainbows, Hearts and Funky Faces

“I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often — because I’m paying attention.’ I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired or to…

Reminder

Sometimes life reminds us that we need to view ourselves more kindly… through a lens of love, as it were.

A Special Eclipse

So…I know I’m weird, but I wasn’t caught up in the eclipse hubbub before today. I’d seen the t-shirts, articles, Facebook posts, etc., but I hadn’t given it much thought and didn’t really care to. I hadn’t even bothered to purchase the glasses just in case. But today I finally caught the bug. There was…

Who Would Have Guessed?

“Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.” – Iaia Thomas It’s going on three weeks now since my kids moved to other states and started their new life adventures as adults. Prior to their leaving the nest, I was anxious and more than a little sad with anticipation. I…

Wednesday Wisdom

“Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.” 

Joy

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” – Henry Ward Beecher Pope Farm Conservancy in Wisconsin. My happy place.  

Oregon Adventure – Part I

“…and I think to myself what a wonderful world.” – Bob Thiele In two weeks, I’ve slept in three time zones, seen mountains, rivers, desert, volcanoes, ocean, fields of lava, and painted hills. Truth be told, I’m having a tough time condensing it into a blog post. I’ve decided to split it up, but I’m…

Oregon Adventure, Part II

And the reflections on our Oregon Adventure continue. Smith Rock State Park Welcome to the birthplace of American sport climbing — and apparently one of my greatest fears. Yes, we trekked to the top of this thing. This gives you an idea of where we started. And here’s where we ended up. Suffice it to…

Oregon Adventure, Part III

I thought this spot deserved a solo post. Painted Hills – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument “When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications…

Oregon Adventure, Part IV

Here are odds and ends from our Oregon adventure. I managed to get a few runs in while we were there, including getting lost on the grounds of Reed College. Another neighborhood running photo. We went to a beautiful Japanese Garden… …and to the lovelier International Test Rose Garden. On the way back from the…

A New Adventure

“One way to make the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” At the close of our Oregon trip, we put Tanner on a plane back to his new graduate assistant position in Texas and went home for a day. Then we packed up the car and headed to Drew’s…

Find Your Strong

“You’re going to be happy,” said life, “but first I’ll make you strong.” Maybe it started with the purchase of this “persist” shirt, but I’ve been thinking about strength lately – both the physical and spiritual kind. The “I can do this” kind of strength. Perhaps it’s because my nest will empty at the end…

Octavia

This was the most unusual cloud formation I’ve ever seen. (An “anvil” cloud, as a dear friend taught me.) I watched it billow and balloon as I made the drive to see something even more unusual. Meet Octavia. I first saw her on Friday night at the Botanical Garden during a visit with my oldest,…