march 31, 2018

“Without rain nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life.” ~ Unknown     The last day of March has been wonderful. Catherine Brereton and I had a little business proposal that went swimmingly (stay tuned for that news). Me and the boy above got some overdue yard work out of the way. I played a little music. And then Stacy and I tried a great new Mediterranean

march 30, 2018

“Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.” ~ William Hazlitt     We came back to the library after lunch to find a small congregation just outside the doors. One parishioner steadied the cross while another quietly recited some verse. They began to sing a familiar hymn

march 29, 2018

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.” ~ Kody Keplinger     This is Thursday looking at Friday. It’s been a good week. It’s gonna be a good weekend. Let’s make it so!

march 28, 2018

Twelve Steps to Self Care: 1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it 2. Say exactly what you mean 3. Don’t be a people pleaser 4. Trust your instincts 5. Never speak bad about yourself 6. Never give up on your dreams 7. Don’t be afraid to say “No” 8. Don’t be afraid to say “Yes” 9. Be kind to yourself 10. Let go of what you can’t control 11.

march 27, 2018

“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha     We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy

March 26, 2018

“In every day there is 1440 minutes. That means we have 1440 opportunities to make a positive impact everyday.” ~ Les Brown     Fred Sexton has the coolest truck on the road. It’s a ’71 Ford with the engine block sitting on the chassis with wood blocks. It’s a man of great confidence that drives such a bad boy… and he plays killer guitar. So many reasons to love

march 25, 2018

“Just because you can’t see the seeds that lie deep in the ground, it doesn’t mean they aren’t growing. Everything blooms in its own time.” ~ Unknown     I went with Stacy to Palm Sunday services at St. Raphael Episcopal Church. I’d been to St. Raphael only once before, just last year, and not for service, but to attend an artist reception for Lori-Lyn Hurley. I’d met interim priest

march 24, 2018

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.” ~ Hafiz     This might be my favorite image from the wedding shower. Kelly’s granddaughter, Lucy, followed her every move. I stalked her most of the day with not much success. On the other hand, I got this. I think I won the day.

march 23, 2018

“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?” ~ Ralph Marston     The photo doesn’t remotely convey the size of this bur oak (although that’s a three-story house so, that might help for

march 22, 2018

“It’s not your job to be anything to anyone.” ~ Unknown     Last week I was headed outside to photograph the beautiful snow when I was stopped by a co-worker in need. I delayed my outdoor stroll to heed the call, in the Special Collections Reading Room no less. The sky was so beautiful through the windows that I didn’t let the indoors stop me from snapping away. We