2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection

“The world is violent and mercurial–it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love–love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, andContinue reading “2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection”

Gratitude and the Story of This Website Name Change

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. – Gail Sheehy I love the third week of November. It always contains my favorite day: Thanksgiving. I love a dining room full of everyone I love, together. This week also has my birthday, which, this year, I am celebratingContinue reading “Gratitude and the Story of This Website Name Change”

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”

10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder This week and holiday here in the US is my favorite of all, for it is a time to say thanks. We have so much. We have been given more than we need.Continue reading “10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving”

Light in Hard Times

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. – Albert Schweitzer   This past week has been a tough one for the world. The events in Paris, France, specifically, are shocking and raise questions–everything from whyContinue reading “Light in Hard Times”

Friends Keep Our Lights Going

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer   When I arrived at Purdue University to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, the Dean called a meeting in one of the lecture halls for all of the incoming freshmen. His talkContinue reading “Friends Keep Our Lights Going”

The Million Benefits of Gratitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Dr. Maya Angelou There must be a million benefits of gratitude. Whenever life takes my breath away, I’m reminded of what I’ve been given and myContinue reading “The Million Benefits of Gratitude”

Saying THANKS This Thanksgiving

“Thank you, always say thank you; it’s the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God.” -Maya Angelou   Every summer, I plant a tomato plant. Usually it’s from a 3″ pot, already growing. Sometimes it shows promise, maybe even bears a tomato or two, but they’re noContinue reading “Saying THANKS This Thanksgiving”

2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean

It’s the time of year to be still and reflect on the year behind, look ahead to the year ahead, and count the blessings, big and small. 2013 has been a huge year for me and my family. We did what seemed daunting, to say the least — we moved back to the US fromContinue reading “2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean”

Thanksgiving and Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson   Grace, Gratitude, and Living Abroad ThisContinue reading “Thanksgiving and Friendship”