Slow Down, Be Still: A Week of Bed Rest and Unexpected Joys

Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.      – Doe Zantamata … So does a trip to the emergency room, or three trips to the emergency room within a week. The past two weeks have been much different than what I had imagined. I spent this past week on prescribed bed rest, whichContinue reading “Slow Down, Be Still: A Week of Bed Rest and Unexpected Joys”

What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s events, first by the news story coming out of Stanford aboutContinue reading “What Only Light Can Do”

12 Things I’m Learning About Going Back to Work

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. – Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912) A few months ago, one commenter here asked if I would talk about my transition back to work. I’ve let the thought simmerContinue reading “12 Things I’m Learning About Going Back to Work”

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”

5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster   Back to school time happens to be a very busy time. There are different sizes and styles of school shoes to buy, and the right color and thickness of highlighters, paper, folders, and binders. The school supply list lengthens everyContinue reading “5 Ways to Survive Busy Times”

Finding Courage to Live Well

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou Courage is hard. When we’re afraid of the dark, it’s tough to turn and walk toward the unknown, into the shadows. When we’ve followed a certain single path for a very long time,Continue reading “Finding Courage to Live Well”

The Essential Hour

“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.”- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s OwnContinue reading “The Essential Hour”

The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life

“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” ― René Descartes   If there is one thing in life I’ve known since day one, it is living with allergies. The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life I was the baby who had red, chafed cheeks, and the child who hadContinue reading “The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life”