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Launch the Crayola Bomb!

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Originally published on December 21, 2010.


May you enjoy all the colors of Christmas!

PattiAnn and I wish you the best of Christmases! Eat, pray, love… Yeah I know I stole that line but it seems to fit the season. So I say it again… as you gather with loved ones (or ones who need your loving presence) to eat, pray, love – may your celebration of Christmas paint your world with the colors of joy and good will.

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would Continue reading » Launch the Crayola Bomb!

Flower Still Water

Appreciate What You Have

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

— Voltaire

How do we survive adversity?  What is the difference between surviving and thriving?

I believe the difference is in how we tell our story.  And often, the story we tell is the one we inherited.

My mother grew up in the depression.  She was one of those people who remembered the depression as being an awful time.  There were four of them, my grandfather and grandmother, my aunt and Mom.  To hear her tell the story, life was Continue reading » Appreciate What You Have

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Launch the Crayola Bomb!

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May you enjoy all the colors of Christmas!

PattiAnn and I wish you the best of Christmases!  Eat, pray, love… Yeah I know I stole that line but it seems to fit the season.  So I say it again… as you gather with loved ones (or ones who need your loving presence) to eat, pray, love – may your celebration of Christmas paint your world with the colors of joy and good will.

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would Continue reading » Launch the Crayola Bomb!

Broken but Beautiful

You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice you eliminate entire worlds.

— Barbara Bloom

I don’t know about you but I find this photo intriguing. Broken, trampled and bruised, this tattered bloom was captured by a very insightful photographer, Todd Baker, who tells us he “Nearly stumbled over this poor, delicate beauty on my way to work one cold November morning. Dropped right in the middle of the parking lot, it looked to have been given quite a squish by at least a few busy feet. [Feet that were] too busy to stop, too busy to care, too busy to know what they missed.”

In my home is a small, red-clay pot that I display prominently because its beauty pleases me.  My husband’s brother, a sculptor and artist by trade, lovingly crafted the small vase early in his career in homage to American Indian artistry.  But somewhere, sometime, in its travels among households, the pottery was dropped and a large, V-shaped chunk broke off, breeching the narrow opening, leaving a gaping hole.

Whenever my brother-in-law visits, he offers to fix it.  I am sad that the brokenness displeases him – it offends his creative intent, it’s NOT as he planned.

But I always nix the fix.  I like it the way it is, broken and beautiful. For you see, he hid a secret inside the vase – he enameled the inside surfaces a stunning blue-sky azure that can only be seen with the side caved in.

Beautiful Imperfections Grace Our Lives

It occurs to me that we move so quickly through our lives that we miss the ordinary but ephemeral gifts that bless our busy lives – lives that often feel broken because things are NOT going as we planned.

Continue reading » Broken but Beautiful

Cup o’ Inspiration

cup with steam swirl

Take a short break and consider the following:

“Poured a cup of hot sepia coffee in a wisteria flowered mug, dandelion sunshine spilling through the periwinkle sky.”

Terri Guillemets

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