february 6, 2019

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt     I don’t ordinarily put off a post for two months, but in the case of my extended trip to DC last December, I needed to

december 15, 2018

“The only expectations you should live up to are the ones you expect of yourself.” ~ Unknown     Some homes in DC are large and beautiful. Some are small and tacky. Then, there’s a whole lot of this (above and below): practical, adorable, neighborly, fun, welcoming, warm. That’s the neighborhood I’d want to live in.     

december 14, 2018

“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh     Last Sunday Rick took me to Eastern Market. I had gone there once before many years ago, but it was just in passing more than anything. Sunday, we perused the stalls of the creative artists, from jewelry to painting to textiles. In

december 12, 2018

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn     This was the sunrise in Washington, DC at Reagan National. To catch an 8:15 flight I got up at 4:45am, was on the Metro by 5:30, at Reagan by 6:15, and then things got weird. Long story short, both the travel agent and I got my flight time wrong. We thought it was a morning flight.

september 15, 2014

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~ Buddha     How do you get a group of people to smile broadly after sitting all day in a meeting? You lay down in front of them. Works every time (this is the only time I’ve ever done it, so I wouldn’t take my word for it). This group of

september 14, 2013

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl There’s something about a crisp fall day that makes the sky extra blue. I spent several hours working in the yard, and at one point I stopped and said, “Thank you God for this divine day.” It was an absolutely stunning day. Afterward, I turned my attention to