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Nature’s Gifts

Treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers today ~ one of nature’s most beautiful gifts. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus Advertisements

Lovely Thing ~ Power Coat

For the past several years, I’ve worn the same J.Crew wool coat. I remember asking for the coat as a Christmas gift and agonizing over which color would suit me best. I ultimately decided on a warm orange color that really popped against my fair skin and dark hair. This winter, however, the lining had […]

words to make us sparkle

Words of wisdom from a Greek slave who lived more than 2,500 years ago ~ be kind!

Nature’s Gifts

Lessons from an Icicle ~ Be Cool. Be Clear. Make Your Point. Avoid Meltdowns. And Don’t Forget to Sparkle!

Lovely Lesson ~ Perfect Timing

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they will tell you that I am not a patient person. I eat, read, and walk quickly. I can clean my entire two-story house, bathrooms, floors, and windows, within a few hours. And when my family moved this past summer, we were unpacked within a weekend.  While my […]

Nature’s Gifts

“Winter sunshine is a fairy wand touching everything with strange magic.” ~Patience Strong

Lovely Thing ~ An Intentional New Year

  At the beginning of 2017, I wrote about the practice of dedicating the new year to a single word that becomes a personal theme, motto, or mantra. In lieu of easily-broken resolutions, the word is a year-long touchstone for clarity, focus, and intention.  My word for last year was stillness. I decorated a small […]