… and all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde
Know How to Be Satisfied
You must refuse to accept the common delusion that a career is an adequate context for a life. The logic of success insinuates that self-enlargement is your only responsibility, and that any job, any career will be satisfying if you succeed in it. But I can tell you, on the authority of much evidence, that a lot of people highly successful by that logic are painfully dissatisfied. I can tell you further that you cannot live in a career, and that satisfaction can come only from your life. To give satisfaction, your life will have to be lived in a family, a neighborhood, a community, an ecosystem, a watershed, a place, meeting your responsibilities to all those things to which you belong.
Farmer, Environmental Activist, Writer and Poet
Commencement address to Bellarmine University, 2007
via Karen Maezen Miller
Dinner out at The True Kitchen in Chicago. Great options and flexibility for a family with tons of allergies. Nice atmosphere, too.
Dear Girls: If a guy wants you to learn how to play a game … it means you are the most important person in his life, and he also needs a healer. Source unknown.
She who has been sick a year gives excellent health advice. She who has been ill a lifetime knows there is no such thing. Via @brianabeaver1.
On the Northwestern University campus, May 2018.
You are beautiful. Feel-good public art in Evanston, IL. May 2018.
Love. Joy. Hope. A welcoming front door in Evanston, IL. May 2018.
Tulip parade. Wilmette IL, May 2018.
The glory of Spring blossoms against a clear blue sky. 5 May 2018.
The magnolia we planted last fall is in bloom. Spring is here at last! 4 May 2018.
Positive things you can do when you feel anxious, via @positivelypresent
Suffering only shows where you are attached. That is why, for those on the path, suffering is grace. – Ram Dass
People will forget what you said and did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Make the ordinary come alive. From The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equal or even greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill
Nothing better than having sun on your shoulders and feet in the sand. Vero Beach, March 2018.
Blessed to live walking distance from this beautiful place. Lake Michigan, 10 March 2018.
May the sun
bring you new energy by day,
May the moon
softly restore you by night.
May the rain
wash away your worries,
May the breeze
blow new strength into your being.
May you walk
gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying thatI can’t be loved as I am. Anais Nin
I still enjoy this ‘groovy mama’ picture my youngest drew of me a few years ago.