Confidence: 9 Aspirations for 2018

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn When life goes the way we planned and all things are roses and rainbows, the above statement isn’t so hard to envision. ButContinue reading “Confidence: 9 Aspirations for 2018”

16 Favorite Moments of 2016: A Photojournal

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. – Groucho Marx Today is New Year’s Eve 2016, which makes it a perfectContinue reading “16 Favorite Moments of 2016: A Photojournal”

A New Year: The Most Important Question

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale Each year at this time, many of us press pause for a few moments in anticipation of the new year. All around the world, cultures and peoplesContinue reading “A New Year: The Most Important Question”

Midyear Goals and Adjusting the Sails

One ship sails East, And another West, By the self-same winds that blow, ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales, That tells the way we go. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox, from Tis’ the Set of the Sail, poem, 1916 Tis’ the Set of the Sail In the summer of 2011, I stood atContinue reading “Midyear Goals and Adjusting the Sails”

Great Books: My 2012 Reading Log

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde Way back in January, I set a few goals for 2o12. One of them was for exercise (800 miles in 2012), one of them was for writing (still working on accomplishingContinue reading “Great Books: My 2012 Reading Log”

50 Books in 2012: Summer Reading List

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess Last week, my middle son graduated from the 5th grade. Sometimes, moving up from 5th to 6th grade isn’t a big deal, but at my sons’ school it is. They celebrateContinue reading “50 Books in 2012: Summer Reading List”

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”

Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain To me, there is nothing like the thrillContinue reading “Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012”

3 Tips for Wrangling Writing Time Out of a Kid-filled Summer

“Like all creative endeavors, novel writing rewards practice. Many accomplished novelists sit down to write largely for the challenge of trying to write something bigger, better, more profound than before. For the dedicated novelist, there is no end of stories to tell.” -Donald Maass, The Career Novelist About this time of year, at the endContinue reading “3 Tips for Wrangling Writing Time Out of a Kid-filled Summer”