Monday, February 25, 2013


Every now and then one of my children says something that stops me in my tracks. A year ago it was my little guy and his "Patience Power". Yesterday it was my daughter's turn.  It went something like this:

"Are you okay?"
"Sure. Why?" I asked.
"Every now and then you take a big breath".

Yikes... full disclosure: it also happened earlier in the day on a Staples run with two in tow as the littlest squirmed on the checkout counter.  I gave myself a break on that one, but when I was busted that same afternoon in my own home, I knew it was time for a change.

And I was actually relieved when I realized how long it had been since I carved out the time to take a deep breathe.  Those sighs are a sign.  I forgot how much I used to enjoy using the precious first few moments of a morning as a clean slate.  It's a quick chance to read some inspirational words, or a  minute or two of meditation - or better yet both!

It dawned on me that these two lessons from my children are related.  I guess it's not just the kids that need reminders :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013


There is much talk of legacy when a loved one passes, but a recent experience taught me there can also be a parting gift.

The following poem by Rachel Field, a family member's favorite, has stayed with me from the moment I heard it at a recent remembrance.

Though this poem may be small in size, I believe it to be colossal in effect.  On this Valentine's Day and all days, let us try to be a vibrant source to those we love:

Isn't it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!

But when you're with some other ones,
It's stranger still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!

Thank you Laura, and much love and peace to the Scanlon family...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Photo: 100 Days of Real Food
I love a-ha moments, both mine and others.  And often, we can learn just as much from other people's life-changing decisions as from our own.  And thanks to Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food I am giddy with information overload.

I have a Facebook friend to thank for this recent discovery - last week a "like" popped up on my feed that made me stop and take notice.  Minutes later I was immersed in the 100 Days world, navigating around wide-eyed and super-inspired.  Yes, it's a long process to make the kind of changes their family decided to, and no, I will not be following it to a T.  But any integration of her amazing tips, recipes, and ideas shared is a step in the right direction!
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