• Autumn,  Gratitude,  Optimism,  Personal growth


    “Of all the practices, I believe that learning to feel and express gratitude may be the most important in achieving and maintaining a happy life.” ~Andrew Weil, M.D. Numerous studies show that keeping a gratitude journal on a daily basis will improve our life satisfaction within three weeks. You need only list a few items such as the taste of your morning brew, the fall colors on your morning walk, or the lovely handwritten thank-you note you received. Record your gratitude list at the end of the day. Watch your happiness increase by Thanksgiving. ~Cindy La Ferle

  • Autumn,  Gratitude,  Halloween,  Holidays

    Your harvest, your life

    “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~Oprah Winfrey Late autumn inspires us to take stock of everything we’ve planted or accomplished, large and small. And it’s only fitting that Thanksgiving quickly follows Halloween, wrapping up the harvest season. The month of November offers a choice: to reflect on all the good things we’ve reaped, or to dwell on the difficulties and disappointments we’ve incurred. More than likely, your own personal harvest includes both. What will you choose to focus on over the next few weeks? ~Cindy La Ferle

  • Autumn,  Inspirational quotes,  Poetry

    Nature’s magic show

    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~Mary Oliver I rarely carry or use my cell phone when I’m walking a local nature trail. So I’m continually baffled by all the people I see (and hear) who are focused on their phones instead of the beauty all around them. Some are gabbing so loudly that their voices drown out the sounds of the birds. American poet Mary Oliver is known for her sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world. Her reflective poems illuminate the everyday miracles we might overlook when we’re jogging through the woods or our suburban neighborhoods. As Oliver reminds us, there’s magic in…

  • Aging well,  Autumn,  Friendship and relationship advice


    “But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays a while like an old friend you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it, and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since he last saw you.” ~Stephen King, Salem’s Lot Autumn was made for nostalgia. Last weekend, Doug and I hosted a party for several of our closest high school friends. The gathering was a homecoming of sorts,…

  • Autumn,  Halloween,  Holidays

    Season of the witch

    “Witches are outsiders, and those among us who have been bullied and ostracized can relate to their plight. Part of our fascination with witches is that they are the only female mythic figures with power. These are women who don’t need to be rescued by a prince or a king, but, instead, can save themselves….” ~Alice Hoffman, from the 25th anniversary edition of Practical Magic Halloween is my favorite holiday — and friends who know me well aren’t surprised by my fascination with the history of “witches.” My parents, both of whom were New England history buffs, took me on vacation to historic Massachusetts sites when I was a preteen.…