35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring

Here in Ohio, Spring has been hard to find. Winter kept its grasp on the weather and continued snowing up until the last week of April. It’s difficult to feel like winter will ever end on years like this one. And yet, spring is indeed arriving, even if it is a few weeks late. Now,Continue reading “35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring”

Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart

To me, flowers are happiness. – Stefano Gabbana Every spring, my heart looks forward to the flowers. Years ago, when we moved in to our current home after 4 years living in Prague, I planted a flower garden (and wrote about it here). Every spring since has been more and more of a celebration. IContinue reading “Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart”

Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy One week ago, ferocious wind and sideways snow blew through the little corner of Ohio where I live. Here in Ohio,Continue reading “Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy”

Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living

“We all need something that helps us to forget ourselves for a while — to momentarily forget our age, our gender, our socioeconomic background, our duties, our failures, and all that we have lost and screwed up… Perhaps creativity’s greatest mercy is this: By completely absorbing our attention for a short and magical spell, itContinue reading “Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living”

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”

A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald Have you ever read a book or see a painting which speaks to you so deeply you wonder where in the world the author or artist found their inspiration for that piece? For the pastContinue reading “A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?”

Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

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”

A Festive Angle on Life

Time.com featured a wonderful photo spread on Prague this week. Apparently, they’re naming Prague, and consequently the Czech Republic, as one of the “hippest” travel destinations. What a wonderful spotlight for a well-deserving country! So, now, I guess I can say I live in one of the hippest places in the world. Interesting … FromContinue reading “A Festive Angle on Life”