Summer Gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing down. Most of the year, out of necessity, I’m moving too fast. Busyness becomes a routine, andContinue reading “Summer Gardens”

Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower More Time for Fun I love summer. I’ve said it before, but it’s always true. Sunshine, flowers, grass, pools, roadtrips … the potential is endlessContinue reading “Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun”

12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. -Oprah Winfrey   When our first son was about a year old, my husband and I, with little more than two dimes to rub together, set off on a road trip to Maine. Having a baby along didn’t deter us. WeContinue reading “12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation”

8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James 8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal Summer is my favorite season For its golden sunshine and sherbet sunrises For sundresses and walking barefoot in the garden For stacks of books and reading in theContinue reading “8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal”

7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world: I love that statement about the artist. Nature, especially at the peak of summer, is the best artist of all. I relish the riot of color at this timeContinue reading “7 Summer Colors of Inspiration”

3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds

“Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate graceContinue reading “3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds”

Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, 1803-1882 When I was a girl, I read all the time, and the first book I remember wanting to reread was Johanna Spyri’s HEIDI. If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps”