Fun Times Traveling Europe with My Family

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.” – Kate DiCamillo I am a firm believer in writing our own stories. Life is story and story is life, and life is easy in our comfort zones. Stepping out of our normal routinesContinue reading “Fun Times Traveling Europe with My Family”

Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture

There are no straight lines or corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners. -Antoni Gaudí This month, I’m continuing a series on art I saw while I lived in Europe. Art and its rich legacy in architecture are present everywhere in Europe. And while there may be a differenceContinue reading “Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture”

Create a Stunning Garden: 20 Favorite Flowers to Plant

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet Gardens, flowers, and nature have long been inspiration for poets, writers, and painters. None is more famous than Monet’s Water Lilies or Van Gogh’s Irises, great paintings of flowers and gardens as Muse. For me, at this time of year, as the gardens spring into bloom,Continue reading “Create a Stunning Garden: 20 Favorite Flowers to Plant”

The Magic of Low Light: Photography

Photography is the art of writing with light. -Gerardo Suter I love visiting the ocean, and having time on the beach. To me, there is something about the rhythmic crashing of waves, the wide feeling of timelessness, and the gentle scrubbing of the saltwater and sugary sand to wipe away all of the world’s cares.Continue reading “The Magic of Low Light: Photography”

5 Quick Steps to Managing Your Digital Photos

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind   Today, I had the immense privilege of venturing into Prague with a dear photo-loving friend, despite the bitter cold temps, to takeContinue reading “5 Quick Steps to Managing Your Digital Photos”

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?”

7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb. Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.   I love Italy. There is so much to love, especially for enjoying the values of good food and wine, and the wealth of family. Last week, my husband and I and ourContinue reading “7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal”

Living Colorfully

“Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann, American artist and designer For about the past month, I have been shuffling around a little scrap of paper, torn from a magazine an AmericanContinue reading “Living Colorfully”

Authors: 5 Steps to Building Your Own (Professional-Grade) Website

Some may say simple writers may not be able to build their own website, and have it look professional-grade. But I disagree. I think if you can structure a 80 – 100,000 word novel to lure a reader through a story to page 380, and you can bake a cake from a box, then youContinue reading “Authors: 5 Steps to Building Your Own (Professional-Grade) Website”