Socks & Peace & 28°

awareness… As I back the car out of the garage, the thermometer moves down to 28°. I’m aware that as winter progresses I adapt to the cold. What would have been shocking in the middle of July, is now simply part of the ebb and flow of the season. I get used to it. It […]

“Either/Or”, “And/But”

It’s 6:23 in the morning as the light comes in from the East. The pines, river birches and oaks reach out to a blue sky, dappled with diaphanous clouds.  A rabbit hops through the grass as a chipmunk scurries across the deck. The tomatoes are turning red in the garden. A butterfly dances past my head. A gentle […]

Feeding Your Dreams & Baby Birds

Do you dream? I’m not asking about the images and thoughts that occur while you’re asleep—although that subject is fascinating. Do you dream during your waking hours; imagine possibilities that are different from your current reality; think about places you’d like to see; entertain “what ifs”? Or, have you given up on dreaming; instead choosing […]

Blessed

Last night, as I sat in the hot tub under my beautiful locust tree, I thought about the week that passed too quickly. The sky was sprinkled with stars and the air was still. This is my favorite season—the one where I can wear Birkenstocks and sleeveless tops, when the sun warms the ground we […]

Talking to Strangers

I sat next to an elderly gentleman, named George, in a surgical waiting room this morning. His first comment to me was that the sun outside was a welcome change from the rainy weeks we’ve been experiencing. I agreed and we talked for a few minutes. Then, about a half hour later, a volunteer came over […]

SOS

In the 1830s, American inventor and painter, Samuel Morse, began perfecting an electric telegraph. In 1844 he transmitted the short biblical phrase, “what hath God wrought”, by wire from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland. SOS is a Morse code international distress signal, and the only nine element symbol—making it easily recognizable.  It’s also an ambigram, which means […]

Being An Understudy

I woke up this morning to the sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window—how wonderful. Spring is my favorite season of the year because, in my area of our country, everything that’s been dormant is springing back to life. Even in years where I have experienced “winters of discontent”—as Shakespeare’s Richard III said—spring has given […]

Would Have, Could Have, Should Have- Tuesday’s Thoughts

Yesterday, I started the conversation about getting to the end of our lives with no regrets. How are we experiencing the time we do have? Many of us run through life. We don’t use our time to do what, at the end of our lives, we’ll probably consider “important”—to make the things that truly matter the priority. We can’t turn back […]

Would Have, Could Have, Should Have- Monday’s Musings

My hope is to get to the end of this life without regrets.  That may not be completely possible, but I want to live in a way that makes it a bit more attainable. I’ve failed at this often, and I’ll slip up again, but it sure doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. Imagine if you were told that you had only one […]

Taking the Scaffolding Down

When I teach classes on organization, I start with a dozen goals.  Next, we discuss the reasons we get to a place where we’re overwhelmed with “stuff”. If we don’t know why we’re in a situation, it’s tough to change our behavior, and we’re likely to end up back where we started. Once people have an “aha” moment in class it’s […]

Mattering

According to Universe Today, “the modern form of humans evolved about 200,000 years ago”. Homo sapiens have been walking this planet for a very long time, and our “turn around the dance floor” is a minuscule blip on the wheel of life. We forget that we’re simply passing through (or passing back to the spirit side if your […]

An “Ace In The Hole”—Intentional Living

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Ginny. We met almost nine years ago at the faith community I’m part of. I sensed almost immediately how special Ginny is. It’s not only that she’s very spiritual or that she’s generous, kind and thoughtful—it’s her way of walking through life, which really drew […]

Gratitude—Intentional Living

My friend, Karen, is a gratitude expert. Even after the sudden death of her beloved husband, she kept on thanking God—not only for the love she was lifted up by, but also for all kinds of gifts that most of us would call “little things”. Karen does volunteer work, running a resource center for the […]

“Not Fair!” and Falling into Potholes

If you’ve ever been around children you’ve likely heard “no fair!” shouted in anger or frustration, or whispered with tears running down the child’s face. “No fair” is only six letters, but when uttered in pain reads more like, “why me?” “why not me?” “why am I the one who’s left out?” “why didn’t I […]

Perfect Lives

A lot of us spend a considerable amount of time trying to create “perfect”. The problem is that we are NOT perfect beings. If our expectations are so high that we can’t accept anything except perfection from ourselves or those around us, we need to figure out how to see things from a different perspective. […]

Feeling “Blue”

Last month, I had a day where I was feeling “blue”. I woke up that way one Thursday. The type A part of my personality immediately jumped to, “is this the anniversary of a sad event?” and “did I have another bad dream last night?” Being down is not my usual way of walking through the […]

Creating a Peace Full Home, Step-by-Step, Week 2

In week 1 of “Creating a Peace Full Home, Step-By-Step“, I talked about how each of us is going to experience our home as “peaceful” in different ways. Last week, I jumped into STEP 1: how much stuff you currently have in your home.  Today we’ll move on to: STEP 2. how you “feel” in each part of your […]

Creating a Peace Full Home, Step-By-Step, Week 1

As it gets colder and the days seem shorter because of less light (obviously they aren’t shorter, it just feels that way), we tend to “hunker down” and live inside our homes more. If you’re like me, and aren’t a big fan of cold, you’ll be spending a LOT more time inside! In early 2014 I […]

Red Light, Green Light

When I was young, there was a game called “Red Light, Green Light”. One child was the “traffic light”, and stood facing away from the other players. The rest of the kids lined up about 6 feet away from the “light”. In the game, the child who’s “it” yells “green light!” and everyone runs toward […]

A Love Story

I want to tell you a story about love. Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She wasn’t planned, but she was wanted. During the first few years of her life she was loved and nurtured. Because of that she didn’t have fears or concerns or worries. Being so young, she wasn’t aware […]