Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures
January 2011 Archives

Thomas Merton’s words are traveling with me, daily, all through 2011.  What a great and inspiring companion he is.  I share a page from my personal commonplace book here.  I ask you this – “If you had an appointment with […]

I had so much fun seeing how my friend, Kathleen, repurposed things in her home.  My husband and I have a few kind of “spendy” bag closures.  No more!  From now it’s clothespin all the way.  I picked these decorated […]

I pulled the box of mold-made Italian papers from my drawer.  I was writing a letter to a friend and I wanted to make it extra special.  It wasn’t her birthday.  It wasn’t a holiday.  I wasn’t celebrating anything in […]

“Crazy busy,” is a frequently used phrase in the social media “status” bar.  It seems like nearly everyone is zipping and moving faster than ever before.  Rather than a letter taking days to arrive at our friend’s doorstep, there is […]

Did you laugh and say, “What resolutions?” If you are trying to remember what your resolutions WERE at the start of the year…no worries.  I have great news:  tonight at midnight it moves from Today into Tomorrow.  We could even […]

Each room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. I love going home!   I love being home.  I consider my home a sanctuary and a wonderful place to restore and renew and rest.  While I cannot once every […]

I suppose my husband is used to me telling stories about him by now. He’s a good sport.  He is a broadly accomplished man.  In other times he would have been called a renaissance man.  A fine artist who makes […]

I’ll be the first to admit that there were a lot of actions that Goldilocks chose that I can’t stand to defend.  But I DID learn a lot from Goldilocks about discernment and balance.  She was not a girl that […]

I was delighted to observe, just the other day, that on the day I was painfully aware and taken up with the news of the day…I started singing.  I didn’t consciously select a song to sing.  It was my spirit’s […]

…you hold the hand of the world.”  That’s from LIVE WITH INTENTION.  Appreciating my friends is one of my ten main life intentions.  Recently I read that Sophie Tucker, the singer from the early 20th century who was called “The […]