How to Build a Built-In Bookcase (without any carpentry skills)

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero I have always dreamed of having a library. Maybe not a library in the traditional sense, but I have always dreamed of having a wall of bookcases in my home to hold the books I love. Anyone who has lookedContinue reading “How to Build a Built-In Bookcase (without any carpentry skills)”

The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle Over the more than 8 years I’ve been bloggingContinue reading “The Excellence the Olympics Inspire”

Dig Deep, Live Large: 2012 Manifesto

1man·i·fes·to  noun ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō  : a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer  -via http://www.merriam-webster.com On New Year’s Day, 2012, I saw the Holstee.com Manifesto for the first time. It encourages the reader to live their life, and to live it well. I always love a visual that inspires me, reminds me of whatContinue reading “Dig Deep, Live Large: 2012 Manifesto”

Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections

“Attracting the attention of invading armies … objects in precious metals were the first to disappear from a household …” -The Lobkowicz Collections, on the value of their family’s vast decorative arts collections   As I look to wrap up my thoughts for 2011, after traveling more than 12 countries and dipping my toes inContinue reading “Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections”

Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, 1803-1882 When I was a girl, I read all the time, and the first book I remember wanting to reread was Johanna Spyri’s HEIDI. If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps”

Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration.” -Ralph Keyes “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King , On Writing About seven years ago, I attended my first big writers conference. I remember being so very overwhelmed, asContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write”

Going Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

…if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. -Henry David Thoreau Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a fresh month … I love the month of May for all thingsContinue reading “Going Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams”

Find What You Love

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way toContinue reading “Find What You Love”

Mentors: Helping Us to Be More Than We Could Be On Our Own

I carry your heart with me; I carry it in my heart. -e.e.cummings In 1992, I enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Purdue University … a tough program, to say the least. I graduated with my engineering degree four and a half years after I started, though it wasn’t because of me. I hadContinue reading “Mentors: Helping Us to Be More Than We Could Be On Our Own”