Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Saturday, March 31, 2012

We are all the same

If you need a smile today, watch this. I love how at our core, people are all the same -- we all need hope and joy and love...which is what this video fill me with:)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A blessing

Irish poet

I am so inspired by a beautiful Irish writer named John O'Donohue...his book To Bless the Space Between us is a constant source of joy, while his book Anam Cara is a source of awe, and whenever I feel sad, I just put in his DVD A Celtic Pilgrimage (set in Ireland) and I instantly feel better. He has the soul of a saint and the speech of a poet with a glint in his eye that proves his true Irish nature:) Wonderful. He passed away a few years ago, but it has in no way silenced his voice. I love to listen to his lilt and his heart in this interview:
And for all of his other books and videos, here's his website:

Spring springing up all over

I'm thankful for golden flowers shining like a hundred suns in the blue sky:)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In honor of World Poetry Day

My most favorite poems...if you want to be blessed down deep in your soul, take the time to listen and read them:)
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Yeats,
i thank You God most for this amazing day by cummings,
i carry your heart with me by cummings,
Dreams by Langston Hughes,
The Peace of Wild things by Wendell Berry
No Coward Soul is Mine by Emily Bronte

Cool birds

I love that these guys (and girl) live in my pond:)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Clear night delight

Have you ever seen Jupiter and Venus through a telescope in your back yard? I have. And it was awesome. Especially with red mars blinking a fond hello over my shoulder. Four planets in one night...and I think to myself, what wonderful worlds...:)

Mother nature

I felt like mother nature this weekend, waking up my sleeping babies in the garden, pulling back the thick blanket of leaves to let the bright sun warm their little faces. Can't wait to watch them grow:)

Friday, March 16, 2012

A very good week:)

I have so much to be thankful for this week. The most wonderful of which is that I have gone 12 full days with no pain whatsoever! A true miracle. Praise God! I feel a springtime of good health booming in me right alongside my lovely garden, and I am so very grateful for the thaw. I also finished a script that is near to my heart and has reinvigorated me and my writing. And as I mentioned, I got a book I just have to finish my novel:) And MY HUBBY GOT A JOB!!! WOOHOO!!!!!


I wonder if the inventor of Skittles (a rainbow of flavor:) had a prism in his office like I do? The mini-rainbows fill me with such delight when they "skittle" across my desk!

That Girl

I've been watching THAT GIRL every night on MeTV and her enthusiasm is contagious...I can't help but smile:) And when I went into the city this week, (and landed an awesome book agent!) I felt like I was That Girl:)

Urban Art

There's beauty all around if you just keep your eyes open and catch it before it speeds by...

Monday, March 12, 2012

The first flowers of the year:)

Spring forward

I'm thankful for Daylight Savings time giving me another hour of sunlight to enjoy...I love the sunset at 7:) Of course, I'm lucky that I didn't have to wake up an hour early!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thank God for friends

I had a friend over for lunch today for the first time in a long time and it was absolutely wonderful. I loved sharing my home and catching up and feeling social and alive and well. We even were treated to a baby deer just four feet or so from the window -- I could've touched his beautiful soft ears if I had reached out:) I feel blessed she took the time to get on the train and ride an hour each way to see me.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


It feels good to be inspired and to be writing something from my heart. And I'm grateful for a beautiful place to work...I love watching the geese and muskrats and ducks and cardinals and my deer friends (come to think of it, it's amazing I get any work done at all!:)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beautiful quote

Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.
~ Hildegard of Bingen


I am grateful that when I've had a rough day, I can just go here and watch it all get washed away...

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I have had three beautiful wonderful and completely pain free days in a row! Praise God! I am so thankful for the amazing nerve block and for my wise and helpful doctor. It is terrible how you can have pain for so long that it becomes somehow normal -- and it isn't until true relief is experienced that you even realize how far you had drifted from normal. I am so thankful to be well and look forward to this becoming my new norm!

Let's Hear it for the Boy

My husband cleaned the entire house from top to bottom (including baseboards!) yesterday. 'Nuff said! :D

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hooray for PBS

I love when a television show is good enough to transport me into another world...and I'm glad I finally discovered Downton Abbey which is just such a show. Those costumes! That scenery! And pitch perfect writing to boot. So good! And I especially love that it's on PBS, so it's free and everyone has access to such wonderful quality entertainment. American Masters on PBS is another wonderful show...and don't even get me started on Antique Roadshow:)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rainy day

Outside it is mucky and muddy and rainy and chilly, but inside my happy caboose office it is warm and welcoming and full of inspiration. I am grateful for shelter and heat on a day like today, thankful I can watch the rain fall, preparing the earth for spring, from the comfort of my comfy orange chair.