Encouragement in These Uncertain Times

“I plead with you—never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” ― Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words   The rapid spread of the Coronavirus is a pertinent reminder to all of us just how quickly life can change in aContinue reading “Encouragement in These Uncertain Times”

Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle

Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound.”  ― Charlotte Eriksson “Slowly, simply, silence, stillness” was my Lenten mantra, my focus, my goal for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter morning. A lofty goal, yes. Yet, I was convinced this intentional journey would yield the peaceful rewards I was seeking in myContinue reading “Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle”

Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward   The thanks I give today is for the wood floors found throughout the first floor of the home I share with my husband and children. Yes. Wood floors. These Brazilian-red, wide-set planksContinue reading “Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living”

Thankful for the Promise of Tomorrow

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha   My morning startedContinue reading “Thankful for the Promise of Tomorrow”

Motherhood and Finding the Time to Write and Create

“…there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment,Continue reading “Motherhood and Finding the Time to Write and Create”