Category lovely things

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 […]

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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 […]

Lovely Thing ~ The Gift of Bridges

Praise the bridge that carried you over.  I read this quote by 19th century English dramatist George Colman in passing, but it stuck with me. If you’re reading this, you faced some troubled waters this past year. And if you’re reading this, you made it through. You may be tattered, tired, a bit wet around […]

Lovely Thing ~ Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

Last year, I was lucky enough to digitally connect with fellow Gilmore Girl fan and author of Eat Like A Gilmore, Kristi Carlson. Her recipes, inspired by the food mentioned in the popular series, are as fun to make as they are to enjoy!    Her cookbook quickly gained popularity with the revival of Gilmore Girls […]

Lovely Thing ~ Compassion

  There is a seven-year-old boy living in a hut in Uganda who holds a piece of my heart. In a recent letter to my husband and me, Pascal wrote, “I would like to become a farmer so everyone in my village has food.” He hopes to visit America some day so he can drive […]

Nature’s Gifts

“Winter is an etching, spring is a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~ Stanley Horowitz

Lovely Thing ~ Choosing Quality Over Quantity

I once read about a sophisticated interior decorator who ended nearly every evening meal by savoring a single Godiva chocolate. At 100, she was looking svelte and stylish and feeling happy and grateful.  Her lesson to frequently enjoy a small, luxurious pleasure extends beyond indulgence in good chocolate. It reminds us to always choose quality […]