Reflection & Introspection

As we embark on the new year together . . . I remember a letter my Grandma wrote me years ago where she described the seasons as climbing a hill, with the peak as December 31st, New Years Eve—that’s how she had always seen it in her mind’s eye. It was then I realized I […]

The Path

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Vianne’s Spiced Hot Chocolate

from My French Kitchen: A book of 120 Treasured Recipes by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat.) Harris encourages cooks to engage all their senses when cooking—look at what you’re cooking, smell the ingredients, mix them with your fingers, and enjoy their sounds and textures. Cooking she reminds us, is about as close to magic as modern society allows: to […]

Make It Sacred

  Nothing is for certain. It’s all a mystery. Even the words I’m saying now are ideas. Hopeful perspectives. Comforting ideals that help us walk more sure-footed in this great, mysterious journey. There is something, however, that I feel fairly certain is not just a soothing thought, but truth. It feels good and right to […]

Dream Day

My dream day?  Well, it comes in many forms but what immediately comes to mind is traveling.  I love to explore another place, another culture, another way of doing things.  I always return with a fresh perspective and charged with creative energy. Today, the time I spent capturing the light in my garden sent me […]

Today, try shifting your perspective…

Today, try this exercise:  TRY SHIFTING YOUR PERSPECTIVE IN ORDER TO SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE. – By this, I mean physically change your “normal” viewing position and see what you discover.  Find something in nature if you can–a flower, a tree, a blade of grass–and focus on it from this new viewing position. Take a few quiet […]

Thinking Outside the Box

l&l at home—FOR A TRANQUIL, ORGANIZED LIVING ENVIRONMENT, I recommend going “outside the box” and literally transferring items to bottles and other glass storage containers rather than leaving them in the loud and unattractive packaging most things come in. When we began doing this at our house, we found it to be more than simply […]

Art in the everyday

  The truly fortunate—see everyday objects as marvelous works of art.  

Might I suggest…

It’s September—Autumn is on its way. It’s time for the kids to go back to school. Most everyone I know is thinking about school supplies and packing away paraphernalia from their last trip of the summer. I was just out shopping and saw not only Halloween items on the shelves, but Christmas decorations, too!   […]