Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~Margaret Thatcher As a young girl, I loved our Christmas tradition of getting up early, opening gifts, and being with my brothers and my parents. My Mom would play Christmas music and we . . .
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer A few weeks ago, I attended an event and was directed to park off road in a dark, unlit area. I was one of the first guests there, so the homeowner came out to direct me to off-street parking across . . .
When you open your heart to giving, angels fly to your door. ~Author Unknown On Thanksgiving morning, I opened my email and read an email from a friend in my women’s club: “Thank you for the vintage Bundt pan. It’s even more special as your mom gave it to you. Will definitely make the sherry . . .
"Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality." ~Alfred Painter After my PE in 2013, I began to start each day with reflection and then follow up by jotting down three or four notes of gratitude on tiny slips of paper. The slips of paper would then be folded over once and . . .
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa Note: My recent post “Want-Need-Wear-Read” left me feeling the need to finish this post originally started as “The Pantry.” Enjoy. My toe dipped into the world of Minimalism in January 2011 when I was drawn to the book . . .
"What we think, we become" - Buddha When I opened the refrigerator and saw the sugar bowl sitting on the top shelf “Ugh! Stupid arse!" immediately came to mind – quickly followed by “Let it go." My husband often misplaces or puts things back in the wrong spot. When I came across misplaced . . .
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. ~Francis H. Bradley This morning I woke up thinking about all the stuff my husband and boys would have to sort through if something happens to me. It is morbid to wake up with those thoughts and sadly, it’s not the first time. Having grown . . .
Adventure may hurt but monotony will kill you. ~Author Unknown The other day someone asked me why I was hiking Half Dome again. For some, hiking Half Dome is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; for others, there is no desire to take on this feat. After my first Half Dome climb last year, I knew I . . .
So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us. ~Gaston Bachelard As summer winds down, both my younger son and I are benefiting from “Camp Mom” – two weeks of activities for just the two of us. For many years, January and February meant . . .
Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. ~Oscar Wilde The other morning, I sat down to work at my desk. There was a slight chill in my office so I reached over and grabbed my yellow chenille throw blanket to drape over my shoulders. I love the soft feel of . . .