I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. – Shonda Rhimes (via Forbes)

Toes in the sand – nothing better!  🙂  From Spring Break 2017 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Happy place, aka Lake Michigan from Gillson Beach in Wilmette IL. #nofilter 19 February 2017.

It’s not a woman’s job to get smaller & smaller until she disappears so the world can be more comfortable.  – Glennon Doyle Melton

I bought snacks for our Design Review meeting this week.  Smiley faces make for more smiley faces. 🙂 

Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“After Hitler rose to power Bonhoeffer left his post at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and his new fiancee, to return to Nazi Germany. He would soon be accused of joining the plot to assassinate the Führer, and spend two years in prison.  The German pastor was executed by the Nazi regime at Flossenbürg concentration camp on April 9, 1945, just two weeks before the United States liberated the camp.”  https://sojo.net/articles/11-bonhoeffer-quotes-remember-pastor-who-resisted-evil-unto-death 

You could have grown cold but you grew courageous instead … S.C Lourie via @butterfliesandpebbles on Instagram

At home today, but feeling solidarity with my many friends and family who are marching today! Here is my well-worn shirt from the 1989 March on Washington for women’s rights.

My pan smiled back at me while I was making scrambled eggs this morning. 🙂

I am so grateful for this peaceful holiday at home with my family.  We are enjoying the new furniture in our cozy library, and relishing in the completion of a big puzzle and multiple Lego sets.  Meanwhile, I am surrounded by my favorite people and wonderful books, and kept warm by my new Totoro socks.  Best wishes for more of the good stuff in the new year, from our home to yours.

Lots of love from our nine year old, who was obviously in the holiday spirit today when he found these on the kitchen counter.  Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, with all best wishes for 2017!

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.

Joshua Waitzkin

Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.  Source unknown.

A good post-Halloween reminder.  “Chocolate was never meant to be shared.” 🙂 Sandra Boynton

Another year older, another year wiser. Blessed to have a wonderful community of family and friends!  October 2016.

First birthday present from the boys. They couldn’t wait so I opened it a day early. 🙂 It’s Shaymin, the gratitude Pokemon – my favorite!

The trees are about to show you just how beautiful letting go can be. (source unknown)

Remember: despite how open, peaceful, and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they’ve met themselves. – Matt Kahn

Some days you just have to put on the hat to remind them who they are dealing with.  

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