A few days ago, a friend’s post on Facebook lead to a discussion about books with strong female characters. I started to put together a list to send to her, and realized that other people might be interested in this list. So now I’m posting it here. The following are picture books that my boys and I have enjoyed over the years. … Continue reading
Spending time outdoors is a great way to refresh your mind and body. Whether you’re taking a walk, playing outside, or simply sitting under a tree and enjoying the quiet, it’s good to be outside. Taking a quiet walk outside is one of my favorite ways to calm my mind and to refresh my spirit.
And with the coming of spring – here in our little patch of the Colorado Rockies it feels like spring has already arrived, although I know we’re not done with snow yet – it’s easier to spend time outdoors.… Continue reading
Playfulness and laughter are good for the heart and good for the mind. With two young boys in the house, laughing and playing are part of our daily life.
It’s all too easy, when I feel tired or busy or frustrated, to skip out on the fun and play and focus instead on completing the tasks before me. And while taking care of necessary business is important, I often remind myself that it’s also important to engage in and cultivate playfulness in life. … Continue reading
What kind of life are you choosing to live today? What impact will your decisions have on you? On those around you?
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
— Jane Goodall… Continue reading
It’s not a matter of choosing sides, it’s a matter of choosing right. May we all choose peace, justice, and – above all — love.
“Always do right. This will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.” -Mark Twain
This, of course, led to an impromptu math lesson. We talked about fractions. I explained that the denominator – the bottom number – of a fraction tells you how many equal parts something is divided into. I explained that the numerator – the top number – of a fraction tells you how many of those equal parts you’re discussing.… Continue reading
Whenever the topic of potty training comes up (and it does when you hang out with other parents of young children), I joke that our dog toilet-trained my oldest son. And I say it only half in jest. One night when I was cooking dinner, my son – at age 2.5 – came in and announced, “I peed outside, just like Mazel[-dog].” He declared that he wanted to wear underwear, and he was going to pee outside like the dog all the time. … Continue reading
This past week we had a lot of snow. In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in. My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.
While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading
I came across this New Year’s blessing from Neil Gaiman many years ago. I’ve always liked it. A year filled with magic, dreaming, good madness, fine books, kisses, personal passion, and a surprise sounds wonderful.
I add to this, may your year be full of love and kindness, to yourself, to those around you, and to all living beings.… Continue reading
Our thoughts define who we are. Let’s choose thoughts that are beautiful, kind, and full of love. And may those compassionate thoughts make all of us lovely.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl, The Twits… Continue reading