Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice

May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within… – Irish blessing Light Today is the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. In many ways this day is a pause, a time to look toward lighter days, to begin anew, to put those things which weigh us down behind.Continue reading “Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice”

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”

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 On New Year’s Day, 2012, I saw the 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”

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”

Ten Minutes to Refresh the Soul

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox Life gets busy. This week has been one of those very full weeks, brimming with fun experiences and ones that have been not so fun, too. And it’s easy in the whirl of activity,Continue reading “Ten Minutes to Refresh the Soul”

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing through Living

Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.  ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957 Do you ever wonder where stories come from? Where writers and novelists and storytellers getContinue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your Writing through Living”

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”

The Adventure Called Life

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing [at all].” –Helen Keller Last week, my husband and I had the immense privilege of traveling abroad to Prague, Czech Republic, a sweepingly beautiful country in Eastern Europe. We knew the trip would be an adventure, but in every way, our experiences exceeded our expectations. Of course,Continue reading “The Adventure Called Life”