The Gift of Presence: Slowing Down and Sharing Gratitude

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn The month of December is a month of rushing. Do you sense it, too? It takes only listening and observing the motion around us to understand — with intensity, Americans dart about, making lists, buying gifts, hurrying. I feel the hurryContinue reading “The Gift of Presence: Slowing Down and Sharing Gratitude”

Watching for the Light

“The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems to us that the darkness is impenetrable.” – Eberhard Arnold There is something about this time of year in the depths of December when the winter solstice weighs on the Northern Hemisphere. My friend Lindsey Mead writes extensively about theContinue reading “Watching for the Light”

Catching the Joy as It Flies

“Catch the joy as it flies.” – Emily Wadsworth, one of my favorite life quotes This December has rushed up and disguised itself as a warmer month — maybe September or October? Daisies and roses still bud and bloom beside the foundation of my house, and I picked my last round of tomatoes from theContinue reading “Catching the Joy as It Flies”

Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden During the holidays, in the changing of the calendars from 2012 to 2013, and in the pristine time of Christmas which is celebrated soContinue reading “Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There”

Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow

“Through the window, the night air appeared dense, each snowflake slowed in its long, tumbling fall through the black. It was the kind of snow that brought children running out their doors, made them turn their faces skyward, and spin in circles with their arms outstretched.” -Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child   Isn’t that whatContinue reading “Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow”

An Austrian Alpine Christmas

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. -R. Smith, lyrics to Winter Wonderland, 1934 This year, I am spending the Christmas week in the Austrian Alps with my family. We are skiing here, which is a perfect way toContinue reading “An Austrian Alpine Christmas”

Christmas, Snow, and the Grinch

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, Stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before …Continue reading “Christmas, Snow, and the Grinch”

An Alpine Storybook Christmas

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week, at Christmastime, we took a roadtrip from Prague to the Austrian Alps, to stay the week in the tiny ski village of Rauris. For our family, fresh expats living in Prague only six months fromContinue reading “An Alpine Storybook Christmas”