december 31, 2018

“Self Worth: you can’t buy it, date it, drink it, or earn it from others. It’s an inside job.” ~ Anne Lamott     This post marks the completion of the seventh year of the outhouse. Seven inconceivable years. I haven’t missed a single day in those seven years racking up 2,556 posts as a result. So much for a one-year project, eh? I’ve gotten much more from this little

december 30, 2018

“Some days I’m a goddess. Some days I’m a wild child. And some days I’m a fragile mess. Most days I’m a bit of all three. But every day, I am here, trying.” ~ S.C. Laurie     I didn’t have time (or the best lens) to snap a lot of photos inside Union Terminal, but I got off a few I’d like to share. I know I keep going

december 29, 2018

“This world may never understand you. That is not your fault. That is your gift.” ~ CWPoet     Today I finally got caught up with work produced since November. Yes, I’ve been that far behind. It has been an extraordinarily busy fall; unexpected, fun, hectic, enlightening, inspiring. It’s been a time of uncertainty, confusion, and all the isms that come with real growth. After a fabulous Christmas, working on

december 28, 2018

“So yes, I want more, but not more stuff. I want more early mornings, more hiking and connecting with nature, more meaningful conversations and hand holding. More seeing the world. More creativity. More crazy ideas. More love. Always more love.” ~ Courtney Carver     Last year I got a bag of reindeer farts. They were delicious. This year I got this. On the hilarity scale I know it’s hard

december 27, 2018

“Stay close to people who feel like sunshine.” ~ Unknown     I mentioned that Union Terminal is a fabulous example of art deco. Here’s one tiny example of it from the outside just to whet your whistle for the inside. But if all you saw was this clock on the half-dome you’d have a good idea of the extravagant beauty that awaits. And in something slightly unrelated, in the

december 26, 2018

“Use your thoughts wisely, respecting the power they hold.” ~ Terry A. Gordon     Before the Nutcracker, mom and I went to Union Terminal to enjoy the art deco and the train exhibit. Duke Energy (formerly CG&E) has a train exhibit that used to be set up in the windows of Shilito’s Department Store in downtown Cincinnati. The first (and only) time I saw it was in those windows,

december 25, 2018

“The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.” ~ Alice Cooper     I have been sick since last Thursday. I thought it was just an allergy thing making me lose my voice. I had to skip a few things along the way to try to keep from getting worse. It finally caught up with me Christmas Eve. I was in bed

december 24, 2018

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ~ Roy Bennett     Stacy and I have tried to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve for so long that I’ve lost count of the years, at least 20 I’d say. Our usual ritual involves lunch at Red

december 23, 2018

“Life gives us choices… you either grab on with both hands and just go for it, or you sit on the sidelines.” ~ Christine Feehan     Sometimes Christmas doesn’t happen on Christmas Day. Today was just such an occasion. Aunt Lois came for dad at 10am. They went off for a day of Christmas services at church, dinners, fellowship, and more. Meanwhile, Mom and I also set out on

december 22, 2018

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John C. Maxwell     When the winter Solstice arrives, the best possible event is a gathering of women who love me and love one another. You’d be hard pressed to find a hostess better suited for such a gathering than Jeanne Marie Hibbard. Many years