“It’s not fear that gets in the way of showing up – it’s armor. It’s the behaviors we use to self-protect. We can be afraid and brave at the same time.” ~ Brené Brown More photos from my December trip to DC. Union Station is gorgeous any time of year, but it’s classically festive at Christmastime.
“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
“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong… Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Sure enough, it’s magical, majestic, and merry…and it actually tastes like peppermint. Stacy Yelton finds the funniest stocking stuffers and this one might be her
“My to-do list for today: Count my blessings. Practice kindness. Let go of what I can’t control. Listen to my heart. Be productive yet calm. Just breathe.” ~ Tiny Buddha Back in late October, when mom was just able to get around without a walker, I took her to the outlet mall near Shelbyville where she discovered Chico’s. We had a delightful time as we bought many Christmas presents.
“To be nobody but yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings This is Janet’s first Christmas at the rest home in Campton. She’s at the same facility where both of my grandmothers stayed. The staff is exceptional, and the facility overall is
“Accept who you are; and revel in it.” ~ Mitch Albom A few weeks ago the planets aligned to bring photographers Sallie Powell and Crystal Heis to my office. From that conversation I was inspired to track down some old film I had never processed because I don’t have space for a darkroom in my house. I sent it to a great lab in LA called Richard Photo Lab. I thought
“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice When we knew for sure that Aunt Janet would be getting her home replaced after the tornado, we said we had to spend Christmas in it. Last year the house was still a basic shell, but this year our tiny family gathered inside its warmth. We shared
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” ~ Unknown For Christmas my awesome parents gave me a wide angle lens (shout out to Ian Davis). I spent my day cooking and cleaning, so I didn’t realize until an hour after they’d gone that I hadn’t snapped a single picture of them all day. Fortunately, I did on Christmas Eve when
“My friends, life is short, and there’s little time to gladden the hearts of those who go the journey with us. So be quick to love, and make haste to be kind. And may the blessings of God almighty, father, son, and holy spirit, be with you, and those whom you love, now and forever. And may all God’s people say ‘Amen’.” ~ Rev. Dr. Lee Bowman I don’t go
“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale Crystal Heis makes a return appearance, donning merry socks and chucks (note tiny jingle bell). This she did for the library’s holiday costume contest. She didn’t win, sadly, but we were