5 Best Productivity Tools for a Happier Year

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer To me, family and dear friends are everything. That means the day-to-day juggling of a demanding job and everything else that is important and meaningful to me (especiallyContinue reading “5 Best Productivity Tools for a Happier Year”

2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection

“The world is violent and mercurial–it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love–love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, andContinue reading “2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection”

Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice

May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within… – Irish blessing Light Today is the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. In many ways this day is a pause, a time to look toward lighter days, to begin anew, to put those things which weigh us down behind.Continue reading “Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice”

Creating Beauty: It Matters

“Make your tiny corner of the world beautiful, even for one brief, anonymous moment. It matters.” – Nichole Nordeman Creating Beauty: It Matters A couple of weeks ago, I looked through photos on Instagram and saw a photo taken by Nichole Nordeman in the O’Hare Airport in Chicago. She had been stranded there on herContinue reading “Creating Beauty: It Matters”

How to Build a Built-In Bookcase (without any carpentry skills)

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero I have always dreamed of having a library. Maybe not a library in the traditional sense, but I have always dreamed of having a wall of bookcases in my home to hold the books I love. Anyone who has lookedContinue reading “How to Build a Built-In Bookcase (without any carpentry skills)”

Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart

To me, flowers are happiness. – Stefano Gabbana Every spring, my heart looks forward to the flowers. Years ago, when we moved in to our current home after 4 years living in Prague, I planted a flower garden (and wrote about it here). Every spring since has been more and more of a celebration. IContinue reading “Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart”

Is Perfect Possible? The Myth Called Perfection

Perfection: Taking pains and giving them to others. – Unknown The Myth Called Perfection There was a time when I thought perfection was something to be attained, a must-do. Perfection was a box that had to be checked for everything. I think engineering school had something to do with the belief. I know it hadContinue reading “Is Perfect Possible? The Myth Called Perfection”