Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing...
Chicago

Chicago

“She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” – Mark Twain I traveled this week to Chicago for a work conference, and touched down just before the clouds opened with rain. After a steamy start, Chicago...
What Only Light Can Do

What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s...
Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

Summer, Updates, and More Time for Fun

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower More Time for Fun I love summer. I’ve said it before, but it’s...
10 Reasons to Have Faith through Difficult Moments

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...
Poppies and Peonies

Poppies and Peonies

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. – Audrey Hepburn Every spring, the warming weather hooks me with its promises of color after the long Ohio winter. Every spring, I can’t help myself and plant a few more flowers. Last year, I planted poppies. A...
Gratitude and Happiness

Gratitude and Happiness

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust A few weeks ago, I flew to see my closest friend in Boston. We had lived four years together in Prague; she with four young sons, the...