My mom has this wonderful way of making beauty around her as she goes. Here, a few small clippings from a house plant to decorate the kitchen windowsill.  Chester, CT.  July 2016.

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. – Maya Angelou

The beauty of Lake Michigan never ceases to amaze me. Langdon Beach, Wilmette IL. #nofilter



Sometimes, design is personal. 

Sometimes, the tools of design are a shovel and pruning shears. 

Sometimes, the materials of design are water and stone. 

Sometimes, design artifacts are edible. 

Sometimes, design doesn’t need to be documented. 

Sometimes, the designer is the user.

Sometimes, design is purely aesthetic. 

Sometimes, design doesn’t matter.

Cultivating gratitude for all things isn’t so much a feeling as a decision. – Panache Desai

It’s finally summer in Chicagoland!  A glorious day at Langdon Beach, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Wilmette IL.  

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.  – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross via

“Find your nerds and talk shop non-stop.” via typographylovers ❤  With a shout-out to all my favorite UX nerds. You know who you are. 🙂

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: the are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. – Ernest Hemingway

Lake Michigan this week. Grim and cold, just like the weather. But beautiful nonetheless.

I know you get gummi worms at grandma’s, but here at home you get real works. via

What if your fairy godmother is the wisest, smartest version of yourself, whispering from the future? via blissiimo

Sunset at Indian River, part of the Intercoastal Waterway. Vero Beach, Florida. January 2016.

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. – David Bowie

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