View over Prague from the Castle: New Oil Painting

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton The Best of Intentions: Oil Painting Have you ever started a project and then life gets in the way? This seems to happen every time a fun project comes up, whether it’s a book I can’t wait to readContinue reading “View over Prague from the Castle: New Oil Painting”

The Unlikely Story of the Patio Project: Deck Demolition to Paver Patio

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. – Vince Lombardi The Patio Project and the Rotting Deck My family has always used our backyard deck often, for dinnersContinue reading “The Unlikely Story of the Patio Project: Deck Demolition to Paver Patio”

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”

July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.” – John O’Donohue July Backyard Gardens One of the best partsContinue reading “July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide”

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”

35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring

Here in Ohio, Spring has been hard to find. Winter kept its grasp on the weather and continued snowing up until the last week of April. It’s difficult to feel like winter will ever end on years like this one. And yet, spring is indeed arriving, even if it is a few weeks late. Now,Continue reading “35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring”

100 Times to Experience Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Today I am ready for the reawakening of Spring. It snowed today for hours with white-out conditions. By this time in the year,Continue reading “100 Times to Experience Spring”

Confidence: 9 Aspirations for 2018

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn When life goes the way we planned and all things are roses and rainbows, the above statement isn’t so hard to envision. ButContinue reading “Confidence: 9 Aspirations for 2018”