Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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Hammered Copper, Paul Revere and July 4

I marveled aloud as I worked on my party favor for our Independence Day gathering.  I am quite fond of learning details of the lives of our founders…and I pondered that I was using essentially the same tools and methods […]


One Day Everything Shifted…

All through high school I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an artist.” I kept writing it through my first several jobs after high school  Somewhere in the midst of becoming the Director of Public Relations at a […]


How Do You HONOR the Learning Curve?

There is a period of time for everyone that is called the learning curve.  Curve.  You can’t see around the edge of a curve, but you do know something is there.  Something just waiting for you to round that bend. […]



Carmen Torbus, in her book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, encourages everyone with the impulse to create to REACH.  Reach beyond their comfort zone. Reach beyond what they know or think they know…and explore what MIGHT BE.  That is an impulse that […]

Secretary Gates Wishes the Army Happy 236th birthday

And so do I.  Like Secretary Gates I also want to honor the families who serve their country by staying at home and standing by their family member’s decision to serve in the Military.  Those families serve our country and […]


Sabbatical.  It’s tossed around a lot.  What IS it?  What does it mean? If you are Tawana -it might mean ducking out of the heat of the politics of Botswana. If you are Eastern Oregon Pastor, Marc Mullins, it might […]

Have You Something Nice to Say?

Last week I did something for the first time.  I entered the “comment stream” of a review on Amazon. I went on Amazon to check the status of a book several peers in the design industry had recommended  and found […]

Planning Ahead for Restoration and Retreat

I returned a week ago from teaching at Dr. Deanna Davis’s  banner event, WOMANHOOD WEEKEND.  Even though I was faculty and there to teach, I came away over flowing with energy and ideas and new insights.  Dr. Davis reminded us […]

A Model of Courage

I hope you have the time to see this sweet and somewhat historic snapshot. This week end I spoke at length with a client.  She is aspiring to a more artful, creative life.  She feels restricted by her limited education.  […]


Perhaps you have heard that the Rev. Billy Graham is struggling with pneumonia and has been hospitalized. The man who’s faith and stories have impacted the lives of millions of people, around the globe, is facing a difficult road. And […]


That’s the title of my book released exclusively through in February of this year.  I’ve just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row. Today they are offering my book […]

Your Dreams Must Grow With You

Your dreams must grow with you. A friend wrote me after yesterday’s post and said it had never occurred to her that she needed to allow her dreams to grow along with her. Certainly there are fundamental structures in our […]

Kate Middleton’s New Role – Army Wife

The new Princess may have more in common with thousands of American women than is first evident. After all the fuss and flurry of an exceptionally celebrated Royal Wedding…she returns to a small town to fulfill a serious calling, that […]

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

Miss Albers. Mrs. Burbano. Mrs. Schatz, Mrs. Haygarth, Mr. O’Brien, Ms. Newell, Mr. Hammock, Mrs. Sparks, Mrs.  Schukart, Ms. Disney… Name them.  Go ahead.  Just recollect the teachers that steered you, directed you, challenged you into becoming the WHO that […]

Have You Had Enough? Raise Your Voice.

Have you seen the bumper sticker that declares, “If you’re not outraged, you are not paying attention?” I’m lucky enough to be associated with many poets. Glenis Redmond among them. She woke me up this morning with her history lesson […]

HOLY WEEK – An Easter Prayer

  HOLY WEEK: CONTRASTS in Now, Then and Forever   Within seven days… you have  a penchant for saying so much with so little, the Strunk and White of Elemental Spirit, You teach brevity and economy of expression. In seven […]


“I was just kidding.” “Don’t take it so seriously, I was just foolin’ around.” How many times do you hear those words?  How many times do you say those words? I am an advocate of many writing practices.  Every one […]

You May Be The One Voice To Make A Difference

Years ago I wrote, “What is a voice if it remains silent against leagues of tyranny?” Today, I heard from one of the deployed soldiers that my husband and I have “adopted.”  We send supportive packages and letters to him […]

Companion To Reality

You promise yourself. “THIS is the day. This is the day I am going to remain positive.” Or, “THIS is the day I am not going to complain.” And then, five minutes after you show up at work, you’re filling […]

Your Personal Periodic Table

If there was a Periodic Table of YOUR ELEMENTS – what would your elements be?

Are You A Concerned Citizen?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”  – Margaret Mead Have you expressed concern to a friend or family member regarding something you’ve seen or […]

Make Room for a Miracle

In between all the rational explaining we do why there aren’t miracles…just set a little room aside…in case there are.

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Famously Eleanor Roosevelt insisted, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor elevated herself above her fears by lifting her thinking into the realm of what is possible. Do you have someone in your life who inspires […]


concentric circles. ever outward. a good word, a helpful gesture, and generosity of spirit.   these are the resilient… jewels that hold the real worth in the world.

“This Is Dedicated…”

You can call a radio station and ask that a song be played, “dedicated to…” someone special.  You can make a donation to an organization and dedicate that generosity to a particular person.  Dedicating a book to someone is a […]

You Are Your Compassionate Service

In The Center of the Circle

“Stand in the center of the circle and let all things take their course.”  Lao Tsu Perfect concept on the heels of just yesterday resigning as general manager of the universe.  At 6:30 AM this prompted me to turn off […]


What will you allow yourself to “breathe in” today that will move you a little closer to your dreams, longings, intentions?   Here’s a look at where the word comes from: ORIGIN Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Appearing Soon in Seattle

Get Your Enthusiasm On!

My friends at The Leadership and Personal Development Center of generously shared this information from: 180 Ways To Spread Contagious Enthusiasm:  The “How To” Book for Everyone. This advice is oriented toward business settings but the concepts translate just […]


may your walls know joy cat cover.pdf (click the line reference if you would like to see the book cover.) What a fascinating experience to see something so old and familiar in an entirely new light. Years ago I wrote […]

EVERY DAY We Create Legacy

Today is a day that stands dramatically for many people.  The attack on Pearl Harbor has been said by thousands to be a day of Infamy.  Surely in the midst of the struggle and the immediate danger and harm to […]

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

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
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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 ...

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