Which Flowers to Plant this Spring?

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.  ~Claude Monet It’s no secret that I love flowers … and every year at this time, I get excited about Spring and the possibilities to grow in the garden. Photos of my all-time favorite flowers dance through my head. Delphinium, Echinacea (pictured), Daylilies, Roses, Clematis, LavenderContinue reading “Which Flowers to Plant this Spring?”

Awakening: Seeing Spring and Its Laughter

Earth laughs in flowers.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson Isn’t it refreshing to feel Spring coming on? To me, the smells are always a sign of Spring–the fragrance of sunlight on fresh earth, the clean silver rain pattering on pavement, the moment-by-moment unfolding of the world coming alive. It’s an awakening. As the flowers begin to unfurlContinue reading “Awakening: Seeing Spring and Its Laughter”

9 Shades of Inspiration for Color-Starved Eyes

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann For anyone who has been to a former Eastern Bloc country in January, you know what gray is. I think there is a whole definition for the shade based on the lack of color in the former-communistContinue reading “9 Shades of Inspiration for Color-Starved Eyes”

Photography: The Magic of Shooting in Low Light

This is the second in a series of posts about photography. Click here to read the first. I love visiting the ocean, and having time on the beach. To me, there is something about the rhythmic crashing of waves, the wide feeling of timelessness, and the gentle scrubbing of the saltwater and sugary sand toContinue reading “Photography: The Magic of Shooting in Low Light”

Dandelions Can Be People, too

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John Fitzgerald Kennedy It’s dandelion season here in Prague. Yesterday, with the help of a long metal weed-puller, I dug hundreds of the yellow, thick-rooted weeds from a tiny area of ourContinue reading “Dandelions Can Be People, too”

Friendships, Tulips, and Dreams

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” -Anais Nin   It has almost been a year since my husband and I first visited Prague, to consider moving here with our family forContinue reading “Friendships, Tulips, and Dreams”

Stop and Smell the Flowers

“Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.” -Walter Hagen In the whirl of a wired world, business never slows, time never stops, and we find little rest. Life passes quickly, numbing our hearts and wearing us down to exhaustion. But our livesContinue reading “Stop and Smell the Flowers”

Beauty Is …

  “Beauty is not caused. It is.”  -Emily Dickinson Lately, as I write, and rewrite, and rework my novel, I have thought much about beauty– in stories, in relationships, in the way things look and feel, and the way words sound when read. But beauty and achieving it is not something easily done. Anyone with aContinue reading “Beauty Is …”

A Shot of Floral Color for the Dead of Winter

“God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie Every year at about this time, my eyes feel deplete of color. Whether this year it’s from the thick froth of snow blanketing my world white, from the soft gray European light, or from the daily veil of Prague fog,Continue reading “A Shot of Floral Color for the Dead of Winter”

The Simple Joys of Summer

“Live Simply, Live Well.” In our kitchen, we have a sign hanging above the doorway with the quote: “Live Simply, Live Well.” For some reason, those four words strike a harmonious chord down deep within me, and probably in many ways sums up the values I hold close—family, friends, love, laughter—the simple things. Summer isContinue reading “The Simple Joys of Summer”