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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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 […]

The Grays Have It

I’ve found that just the word “gray” can put some people off from using it in their decor. This may be because the word gray (grey) has long been associated with looking sick, tired or just plain old. It is also an adjective we use to describe a dismal day or something that is faded, […]

“Live the full life…”

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.—Ernest Hemingway     A compilation of images by   See also: l&l collection no. 10    

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 […]

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Magic and the Merlin Archetype

I am five years old. I walk into the kitchen to find my mom, “Mom? If I told you I was magic, would you believe me?” With a smile and a soft chuckle, she replies,  “Magic? No. I wouldn’t believe you were magic.”  then turns back to what she is doing. I am heartbroken and […]

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 […]

What is your biggest challenge?

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ~Henry David Thoreau Living in the present moment. It’s such a beautiful place to reside, yet how often are we there. . .not regretting the past, not worried about the future? It’s an ongoing challenge of a lifetime–some […]

The Heart Expansion Experiment

  “The Heart Expansion Experiment”  Act I: A heart warming exercise.    Try this today:  Send loving thoughts to as many random people as possible. Take a few seconds throughout your day—wherever you happen to go—and imagine yourself sending love and warm wishes to each person you come across. Do this whether you actually interact […]