Category Archives: Beauty

What We Really, Really Want

It’s 3 a.m. and I am wide awake—again. I untangle from my sweat-soaked sheets and stumble blindly into the bathroom for the third time since crawling into bed just a few hours earlier. There’s no need to turn on the lights; … Continue reading

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Embrace the Goodness

This moment—and this one, too—is filled with beauty and hope, love and joy. If you look closely, you will see all that goodness swirling around you in the faces of family and the actions of strangers. If you listen carefully, … Continue reading

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The Day Before Tomorrow

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson We look forward to five years down the road when we can trade in the old car, pay off the house or … Continue reading

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When the Inner Child Bubbles

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.” –Anne Lamott, from the novel Joe Jones Yesterday morning I awoke to perfection. My eyes fluttered lazily in the pre-dawn moments … Continue reading

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Lucas’s Story

A couple days ago I was completing my morning scroll through Facebook when I was caught off guard by a post a friend had made–a post that contained a link to my youngest son Lucas’s latest blog. I was surprised. … Continue reading

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In the Dew of Little Things

“For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ― Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet It’s a few moments past sunrise, and I am sitting on the back deck in my pajamas and socks, … Continue reading

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Battling for Inner Peace Against the Sunshine Thieves

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson I have been fortunate to do a lot of traveling lately, and in my travels I’ve encountered many breathtakingly beautiful locations–some of them intentional destinations but some of them also … Continue reading

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The Beauty that Still Remains

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl The upcoming elections and the endless bombardment of negative campaign advertisements have certainly played a part.  The floundering economy, … Continue reading

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Surrounded by Beauty, Consumed by Joy: My Visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden

Flower If you lean closer to learn how water climbs into a Flower You will hear the Moon sing in the Night of Roots. –Pablo Neruda Simple pleasures . . . a kind word from a friend, a heart-felt compliment from a loved one, … Continue reading

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You’re Not the Boss of Me

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not fond of taking orders.  In fact, in many cases, I will do the opposite of what I have been “ordered” to do just to prove that I cannot be bossed … Continue reading

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