In my many years as a teacher, I was always humbled and a little frightened by the power I had over the climate of my classroom. Student behavior, attitude, and academic success are affected by many things, but nothing may influence it more than the role model standing at the front of the class.  Over […]

Choosing the perfect tote bag can be as difficult as choosing a new handbag or wallet. Sure, you have 87 free cloth totes from volunteering at that service event, making a purchase at a beauty counter, or spending $50 shopping anywhere. But when it comes to actually toting around a laptop, work files, or essentials […]

End your week with an inspirational quote featured in our book, Lessons in Loveliness ~ Learning to Live a Lovely Life. Have a fabulous Friday! 

Recently, I picked up my daughter from after-care at her elementary school. As a mom of a new kindergartner, I asked the typical “How was your day?” and “What did you learn?” questions. This particular afternoon, she told me, shoulders hunched, that a boy on the playground had called her “fat.” I gasped in horror! “Evelyn,” I said, kneeling down […]

The weatherman has promised cooler days this week, so I took it as the go-ahead to ready my closet for fall. (Of course, sundresses and shorts are still within reach ~ a necessity when you live in the temperamental Midwest.) These twelve core pieces should see me through fall and most of winter. I’ve taken […]

Has a classic fall mum made it to your front porch yet? This yellow beauty sits on my neighbor’s door step, welcoming guests and the new season.  I do wonder how spring annuals know the calendar has turned to September. On what had to be the hottest day of the year, Mike and I plucked […]