The Gift of Helping Others

     This week has been a crazy week, but honestly, when is my life not one crazy week after another?  Once again I have taken on way too much, even Atlas would struggle under the weight I carry. ...more

Thanks, Man

Whenever I think about the path of my life, it always seems to me that either there is some kind of overarching plan (providence or fate or what you will) or I've just been very lucky, or, and most likely, both....more

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Holiday Season

When we look back on our fondest memories of Christmas past, it is probably not the perfectly trimmed tree and beautifully wrapped gifts that we most remember. It is rather those joyously happy, splendidly unplanned moments that were ripe with laughter (or tears,) family, friends and fun. It is the time spent helping others, connecting with those we love and embracing the good cheer of the festivities....more

My Ideas of Success Differed from my Husband's... but It Didn't Matter

What my life was like before I became an everyday mom, what I thought my life would be like after I was parenting children and what my life is like today are three vastly different things. It's a sticking point for some moms, facing the "what I thought" and "what it is." For some moms, however, the added issue of how their partner views the subject can be a thorn in the side of the relationship. Megs at And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson shares her befores, her husband's thoughts, the issues they had -- and what their reality is like today. What was your journey to today like? ...more
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Alone with my thoughts

Sometimes life gets so busy that days, weeks, and months pass by in a flash. It's already December and the year is almost over. How the heck did that happen? Brings to mind a quote from one of my favourite movies: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."  I love taking walks....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” Work Plans are building a Positive Force 12-5-11

A great time to expand your work and define your progress along the way.Opposing Energies: setbacks, greed, dishonestyUse caution with partnerships, keep positive and organized.Refrain from translating your business plans into your dreams of the future, and stand solid on the facts.Wide Awake Words™ for today: patience, perseverance, realistic, hardworkingOn the romantic front: Today’s energies reflect loyal and attentive features....more

Cornell's Feeder Watch

 A Canadian Goose asks,"Are you familiar with theCornell Lab of Ornithology?...located in Ithaca, New York?...the world renown Lab of Ornithologyat Cornell University?" ...more
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The Power of Girls’ Weekends

I can think of few things more let-your-hair-down relaxing than a girls’ weekend or week.There’s something about stepping out of your ‘real’ life for a while and having the time and leisure to get caught up with each other’s lives, laugh yourselves silly, spend time in your pajamas, skip wearing makeup and not worry about counting calories or glasses of wine, that is so soothing to the soul. There’s no one to nag about unloading the dishwasher or taking out the garbage, and no one requiring anything from you....more

What Is Your Dream?

They were looking down from a great elevation and all they saw was at the point of coming together, the bare trees marching in from the horizon, the rivers moving into one, and as he touched her arm she looked up with him and saw the long, ragged, pencil –faint line of birds with in the crystal of the zenith, flying in a V of their own, following the same course down.  All they could see was sky, water, birds, light, and confluence.  It was the whole morning world....more


The Japanese view of life embraced.  A simple aestheticthat grew stronger as inessentials were eliminatedand trimmed away.-architect Tadao Ando"What do you want?" , he asks."Peace, peace and tranquility", she replies....more