Monthly Archives: October 2016

Procrastinating People

About a month ago, we were notified by a mail that a part on my husband’s car needs to be replaced.  The recall notice has been sitting on his desk at work and has been at the top of his to-do list for this exact length of time.  He only just called on Friday, to […]

Let Us Eat Like Gilmores

Sometimes, when I sit down to start a blog post, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Gilmore Girl episodes.  In Santa’s Secret Stuff- Season 7, Episode 11, Lorelai describes the frustrations she’s met with while composing the perfect character reference for Luke.  She says, “…my brain is a wild jungle full of scary gibberish. ‘I’m writing […]

Upon Reflection

It has been exactly nine months since Natalie and I met to discuss writing a blog together. It seems a natural time to pause and consider where we’ve been and where we’re going. Much can happen in nine months. A child can be conceived, develop, and finally be born into the world. Lessons In Loveliness has […]

Lovely Thing ~ Practicing Civility

While truly hesitant, I’m confessing a personal story that unfortunately illustrates my own lesson in civility.

Lessons from Lincoln

A few days ago, I took a field trip with my 7th and 8th grade students to Springfield, Illinois.  We visited Lincoln’s home, the Illinois Capitol building, Lincoln’s Presidential Museum, and the Village of New Salem.  Before taking my students on the field trip, however, I showed them a documentary called Looking for Lincoln.  Henry Louis […]

Fall is Fleeting

From the lazy hazy days of summer, to the quiet frost in winter, nature’s beautiful transition during autumn is short-lived when we don’t stop to breathe. Our calendars naturally fill with school functions, birthday and Halloween parties, and mile-high to-do lists. And though we thoughtfully intend to internalize nature’s glory during this season of golden afternoons and […]

A Dog Tale

A true, serendipitous, happy-ending story about a dog.

Lovely Thing ~ Lullabies

Every now and then, we unexpectedly find ourselves in a perfect moment that simply holds all of the loveliness of life. A few days ago, after a busy day caring for our two-year-old grandson, I was offered such a moment of bliss. While my step-son and his wife are on vacation, their little boy is spending […]

Celebrating Autumn

I grew up in the Midwest, where we lacked mountain and ocean views, but were blessed with four distinct and lovely seasons. Nearly all of my childhood memories are wrapped in a seasonally-coordinated bow ~ sledding on a cookie sheet in an inch of fresh snow, hunting for Easter eggs among bright daffodils and tulips, […]