Glimpses of the Chicago Botanic Gardens, taken while I was helping my son with his photography homework.


Smiling plastic tag on the sidewalk in Evanston, IL.  8 January 2020.


I’m lucky to work with such an amazing team at work.  Every once in awhile I get a thank you from someone on the team, and I feel so blessed that the appreciation is reciprocated.  This unexpected little gift and the accompanying note left me feel very lucky indeed.



My mom’s handmade Christmas wreath from 2018, at her home in Florida.  It’s made with local air plants, dried pomegranates, and a few pinecones from her other house in Connecticut.



Awhile back, I pre-ordered a new kitchen device called the Almond Cow, which is supposed to make milk from nuts.  I liked the idea because I’m allergic to so many of the additives in milk.  It arrived today, and I have to confess that it more amazing than I could have imagined.  I tried cashews today, and I took their advice on the remaining pulp – it make a great snack!  I have already purchased macadamia nuts, pecans, and almonds to try.  I’m thrilled, because being able to make my own nut milk is really a breakthrough in an otherwise pretty restricted diet.


i worried

I Worried, by Mary Oliver

A moment of reflection as I celebrate another birthday.  I might be creakier, but it’s getting easier to sing my song as the years go by.

It was cool to check out the Venus Fly Traps, captured here through their small glass display.  

Enter a captionArtist’s garden inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe.


Mosaics in a water fountain of sorts.  

Love the crazy hairdo on this guy!

This looks like a Dr. Seuss plant to me.  🙂


Feeding the baby goats was undoubtably a highlight!
After an inspiring field trip with his day camp, our little one requested to visit the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago again. We had good fun visiting with turtles, participating in the scavenger hunt, and feeding the baby goats. And of course I loved the opportunity to take lots of pictures.  August 2019.


A peaceful beach club in Connecticut, overlooking Long Island Sound.  July 2019.


My dad passed away earlier this summer, but he would have been 81 this week.  I am visiting my mom in Connecticut with my family, and trying hard to find beauty where I can.  Our trip to the nursery certainly helped …


When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.  – Chinese Proverb


LGBTQ rights are human rights.  Celebrating the end of another wonder Pride Month both at work and in the world at large.


Lots of wonderful ways to find gratitude in the world around us!  Source unknown.



Late wedding gifts from a friend at work.  Just a few years after the fact, but still a wonderful gesture – we love them!


“Pleasantness was the machismo of the Midwest.  There was something athletic about it.  You flex your face into a smile and let it hover there like the dare of a cat.”  Lorrie Moore, from “Joy” Like Life, 1990.  As seen at the Milwaukee Convention Center.



My father passed away this week, and we have received so many beautiful flowers in his memory …

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.

Wendell Berry – Farmer, Environmental Activist, Writer and Poet, in his 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.



Another tulip parade.  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.

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

I found watermelon radishes at the grocery store the other day. They are beautiful, and yummy too! March 2018.

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