Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

January 1970 Archives

An Appointment With Mystery

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 […]


Clip It!!!

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 […]


You’ve Got Mail

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 […]


Warp Speed

“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 […]

How Are You Doing With Those Resolutions?

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 […]

May Your Walls Know Joy

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 […]

“Thank you very much.”

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 […]

Lessons Of Goldilocks

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 […]

Hymns of My Heart

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 […]

“If You Have One Friend…

…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 […]

Close Your Eyes and Imagine

It is a big sky and all around the wind is blowing.There is not a cloud in the sky and all around the edge of this islandthe sea is lapping and pushing and crashing.I close my eyes.  The desk and […]

The Edge of Kindness

As I considered the weight of current events, I promised myself to live to the absolute outer edge of my capacity for kindness.  My own personal response to the many angry words being tossed about and the harshness of so […]

Just Say Thank You

The inside cover of my personal January Journal features a thank you card from my friend, Gina.  It’s there to remind me how important it is to articulate thanks.  Beginning with an internal attitude of thankfulness to verbalizing gratitude for […]

I Wondered Where That Went!

I recently promised myself that once each week I would go through a drawer, a box, a bin, a basket…and re-visit the “stuff.”  Share. Sell.  Give. Re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle or (gasp, last option) throw it away. At the bottom of […]

A Ponderous Question

How would your life change if one day, JUST FOR ONE DAY, you gave your highest and best effort to ABSOLUTELY Everyone and Everything? Imagine.  Think on that. Then…ponder, what would happen in America if everyone made a Best and […]

Building a Joy-Filled Day With Gratitude

What would your day look like if you were aware of constructing it with one grateful thought at a time? 


Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.   Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.                –  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe –   Imagine my surprise to find a small box from a jeweler whose work I […]

Sometimes Words Surprise Us

Apparently “All I Need” is Love…

As you join me on my journey you will discover that at the beginning of each week  I draw a variety of words to inspire and instruct me.  Today, the first day of a writing process I guide called Focus […]

Three Precious Little Words Between Friends

Most often people think of, “I love you.” Equally important, between friends, is “I remember you.”  Every day I weave at least one friend in to my experience by telling them how I’ve been reminded of them or something that […]

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Overwhelm kicks in when the "everything" is considered in the context of getting it all done. The penchant for expressing our worth  by how busy we are has woven itself into the fabric of our culture. Our worth as a human begins by virtue  ...

posted 12:34:45pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
I am often in a hurry.  I try to be mindful as I hurry, but still, it's a hurry-up-and-get-the-next-thing-done kind of hurry. And I have lots of "next things." When that hurry-ness combines with anxiety, or concern, or just plain 'ole  tired ...

posted 6:38:58pm Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends

posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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