A Dip in the Ligurian Sea on a Summer Sunday: Embracing the Simplest Things

I love spending time with my friends and family. The simplest things in life give me the most pleasure: cooking a good meal, enjoying my friends. – Cindy Morgan Bright, Intoxicating Summer Days These long summer days are intoxicating. Whether it is the heat and flowers and summer sun, the wonderful privilege of having allContinue reading “A Dip in the Ligurian Sea on a Summer Sunday: Embracing the Simplest Things”

Gratitude and the Story of This Website Name Change

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. – Gail Sheehy I love the third week of November. It always contains my favorite day: Thanksgiving. I love a dining room full of everyone I love, together. This week also has my birthday, which, this year, I am celebratingContinue reading “Gratitude and the Story of This Website Name Change”

A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ “A Chapter of Definitions,” Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd Years ago, I planted Swamp Milkweed in my backyard. With a name like that, it’s a wonder anyone would plant it willingly in one’sContinue reading “A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty”

Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde

“The artist appeals to that part of our being …which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” – Joseph Conrad In January, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, on the art of creative living. I loved it, made notes, shared it at GreatNewBooks.org, and noted one of the booksContinue reading “Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde”

The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle Over the more than 8 years I’ve been bloggingContinue reading “The Excellence the Olympics Inspire”

5 Reasons Coldplay’s Concerts Are the Best

“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…” – “Yellow” from Parachutes, Coldplay It’s no secret I’m a Coldplay fan. Well, maybe not even a fan — their songs and albums form a large part of the soundtrack of my life. I blame it on “Clocks.” It’s genius, I think — played onContinue reading “5 Reasons Coldplay’s Concerts Are the Best”

10 Reasons to Have Faith through Difficult Moments

“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini Another school year has ended. The rhythm of our lives has thankfully slowed to a reasonable pace. There is no 5:45 am wake time for my boys, at least for a few months. There are no backpacks loaded with textbooks, wornContinue reading “10 Reasons to Have Faith through Difficult Moments”