Photo stories

  • Holidays,  Photo stories

    Memorial Day

    “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt There’s an important difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. On Veteran’s Day we honor those who served in our U.S. military. On Memorial Day we remember those who died while fighting for our country. No matter what you’re doing with your extra day off this weekend, it’s worth pausing to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the privileges we enjoy today — beginning with the American Revolutionary War. I’m reminded of another favorite line from novelist Cynthia Ozick that goes something like this: “We often take for granted the very things that…

  • Motivation,  Personal growth,  Photo stories

    Managing the complaint department

    “When you consistently maintain a positive frame of mind, you’ll become known as a problem-solver rather than a complainer. Most people avoid complainers. They seek out problem-solvers.” ~ Joseph Sommerville, PhD, The Five Keys to Interpersonal Success Are you a complainer or a problem-solver? According to behavioral research, if you hang out with folks who frequently complain, you might find yourself sporting a negative attitude and extra frown lines in the middle of your forehead. Worse yet, when complaining becomes endemic — in the workplace or in social circles — it’s hard to break the habit. This isn’t an invitation to pour pink paint or “positivity” on serious problems. But spending…

  • Events & news,  Photo stories

    When in God’s name?

    “In addition to needed gun control reforms, America urgently needs a stronger protest movement dedicated to reducing the glorification of violence in our culture — in music, film, television, video games, and on the Internet.” ~Bernice King Tuesday was one of those gorgeous May afternoons, sunny and cloudless. After another trip to the plant store, I prepped my herb garden bed, trimmed a shrub, pulled a few weeds, and admired my handiwork. Then I started an upbeat post for this blog — a post about spending a perfect day in the garden. Hours later, however, I learned about the massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and realized that it…

  • Events & news,  Personal growth,  Photo stories

    What did you expect?

    “Never expect anything less than you deserve. But never expect anything more than you are willing to give.” ~Jen Groover, entrepreneur After stumbling on this quote, I spent the rest of the day thinking about expectations and how they impact our lives. First, I considered the times I’ve eaten at trendy five-star restaurants, only to feel duped when my meals fell short of the rave reviews I’d heard or read. At the same time, I also recalled a few neighborhood diners that surprised me with delicious, creative entrees. Then I thought about past projects that flopped and people who’ve disappointed me. I thought about the times I settled for less…

  • Aging well,  Events & news,  Photo stories,  relationships

    Glittering magical moments

    “Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.” ~Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life One of the lovely things about aging is that we can view the highlights of our lives through the lens of retrospect. At first, we might focus on the major milestones — weddings, graduations, births, exotic vacations, trophies,…