12 Things I’m Learning About Going Back to Work

12 Things I’m Learning About Going Back to Work

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. – Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912) A few months ago, one commenter here asked if I would talk about my transition back to work. I’ve let...
San Francisco in January, a Photojournal

San Francisco in January, a Photojournal

It’s where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are. – Joyce Carol Oates A week ago, I had the privilege of traveling to San Francisco for my job. The reason for the travel? Several conferences were being held simultaneously for...
First Book Recommendation for 2016

First Book Recommendation for 2016

This week, I wrote the first review up at GreatNewBooks.org, my favorite place to find great books to read, and also, it happens, to be a place I started up in 2012 with a bunch of dear writing-reading-blogging friends from across the U.S. If you enjoy reading, even...
Always Toward the Sunshine

Always Toward the Sunshine

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman The end of every year is a special time for me. I enjoy spending time in the quiet, to reflect. And then as the New Year approaches, I am purposeful about...
My 5 Favorite Books of 2015

My 5 Favorite Books of 2015

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. When I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down, I read and read and walk around with my book, stirring pots of food for my...
My 10 Favorite Photos of 2015

My 10 Favorite Photos of 2015

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld At the end of a year, I have a tradition of going back through my favorite photographs I’ve taken in that year. On this blog, I...
Watching for the Light

Watching for the Light

“The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems to us that the darkness is impenetrable.” – Eberhard Arnold There is something about this time of year in the depths of December when the winter solstice weighs on the...
Catching the Joy as It Flies

Catching the Joy as It Flies

“Catch the joy as it flies.” – Emily Wadsworth, one of my favorite life quotes This December has rushed up and disguised itself as a warmer month — maybe September or October? Daisies and roses still bud and bloom beside the foundation of my...
10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving

10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder This week and holiday here in the US is my favorite of all, for it is a time to say thanks. We have so much. We have been given more than we need....