The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers

“This is one of my all-time favorites, for the beauty of the story, and the beauty in the language and writing. A breath-taking story of the pull and tugs of family with those who take and those who give. Loved this one.”   I wrote the lines above on...
The Surprising Beauty of Crane Beach

The Surprising Beauty of Crane Beach

Castle Hill above Crane Beach derives its history from December 29, 1634, when a group of Ipswich town men voted “that the Neck of Land wheareuppon the great Hill standeth, which is known by the name of the Castle Hill, lyeinge on the other side of this River...
Inside the O’Briens

Inside the O’Briens

“Walking with her dad is stressful. The whole reason she drives the car to pick him up from physical therapy is to avoid walking with him. But who can resist this day? She wants to be close enough to catch him if he starts to fall, but not close enough to catch a...
Summertime and Big Changes

Summertime and Big Changes

One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew. (I love this phrase, which I first saw on House of Belonging and DeAnn Art instagram)   It’s summer! Last week, I was absent from the blog for the week, but this is...
The Million Benefits of Gratitude

The Million Benefits of Gratitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Dr. Maya Angelou There must be a million benefits of gratitude. Whenever life takes my breath away,...
Focusing on the Positive

Focusing on the Positive

Don’t bring negative to my door. – Maya Angelou   I love fresh starts, and like yesterday, June 1, the new calendar page brings with it a clean path forward and the opportunity to find our way forward, anew. Sometimes the fresh start is overwhelming...
Peonies and Beauty

Peonies and Beauty

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. – Alice Walker   I have always loved flowers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fields of red poppies or vibrant yellow rapeseed across Europe, the Redbud and Dogwood...
Finding Courage to Live Well

Finding Courage to Live Well

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou Courage is hard. When we’re afraid of the dark, it’s tough to turn and walk toward the...
Mothers Love

Mothers Love

“Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley   I’ve always been...