Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures Archives

A Gift, A Teacher and No Accident

Monday October 24. You are in some section of the progress of this day. This is a canvas book mark created by Christine Mason Miller (also known as Swirly Girl). This day is no accident. It is a gift. It […]


My Dear Friend…

I will always think of one million zinnias when I look at this illustration for my book, US! CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP. I asked my friend, Kathleen, to help me choose between several very colorful illustration s of mine.  […]


I’d Do Anything for You, Dear…

If you are blessed, there are a few friends in your life for whom you would do just about anything.  And, then, when it was all over, you might be inclined to say, “It wasn’t a big deal…it’s my friend. […]


Let Your Light Shine

Epiphany exists beyond the realm of reason. -mary anne radmacher – We do not cease to play because we grow old.  We grow old because we cease to play. – George Bernard Shaw – It isn’t the great big pleasures […]

Something I Learned From My Dog

None of us knew that Judah was ailing with a lung cancer.  Everyone that was fortunate enough to know my big black labrador retriever, Judah, just watched and learned. Didn’t matter how far from home we were, didn’t matter if […]

It’s Monday: Just Breathe

When I feel like I have to brace myself for the start of the week…I remind myself of all the folks who don’t have the opportunity of another Monday.  It’s a perspective shifter for me, almost instantly. Just breathe. When […]

Fill Up Your Medicine Cabinet While You Are Well

In my book, LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO, published and available exclusively through – I suggest that you craft your own list of secret medicines. What is healing for you?  What restores your waning energy?  What lifts your spirits? […]

Secret Medicines…

What are your secret medicines? What are the tools and practices that you can pull out when you are feeling under the weather, overwhelmed or a little run down? These are a few of mine and they are featured in […]

“Can YOU Believe it?”

It’s a common question after reading the headlines or listening to the news. Piece after personal piece of information regarding the lives of our elected officials and out of office celebrities. The media is abuzz with news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s […]

Stalled Friendships and Faltering Dreams

I’ve just finished reading CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese.  This single sentence, “The tragedy of death had to do entirely with what was left unfulfilled.”  His whole book weaves around the irony of the cost of an unrealized dream […]

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 […]

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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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