100 Days of Spring

100 Days of 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 is...
We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise

We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies—  -Emily Dickinson A few weeks back, I read We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. After I turned the final page, I wrote this at Goodreads (where...
The Essence of Beauty

The Essence of Beauty

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche     Some days it is the sunrise, color so rich it can’t possibly be real. Other times it is the power of words which bring meaning to a moment, Or it is a clash...
Daffodils

Daffodils

After a long and arduous winter filled with snow and subzero temps, the prospect of spring coming soon seems impossible. It feels as if no green will ever grow through the heavy snow, no new life will ever thrive in this frozen tundra again … and yet it will, I...
The Gift of Encouragement

The Gift of Encouragement

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe   When I look back on...
4 Things I Love This February

4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow...
6 Places to See in Prague

6 Places to See in Prague

In the US and around the world, travelers think of Paris, London, or Rome when they think of a European city to visit, but my personal favorite is Prague. It’s not only more beautiful than all the other cities I’ve visited, but it also is the most...
5 Reasons to Travel More

5 Reasons to Travel More

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”...
The Essential Hour

The Essential Hour

“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and...
The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life

The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life

“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” ― René Descartes   If there is one thing in life I’ve known since day one, it is living with allergies. The Itchy, Sneezy Allergy Life I was the baby who had red, chafed...