A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ “A Chapter of Definitions,” Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd Years ago, I planted Swamp Milkweed in my backyard. With a name...
The Sun Rises

The Sun Rises

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. – Maya Angelou One of my favorite book titles is by the great Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. There is so much implied in that title, don’t you think? For me, it says, “The sun sets....
How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Ernest Hemingway Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. I also believe Hemingway is right: all we have to do to write well is open up a vein. Writing is one of...
The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle Over the...
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...