“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” Anne Frank, Nazi-fighting fire brand The only places in the world that are not beautiful are ones that people have messed up. Think about it. There is nothing in nature that's truly horrific. A single visit to a forest, for example, reveals that… Continue reading Choosing beauty
“I've never written a quote I feel would be suitable for my gravestone. Wouldn't it be ironic if it were this one? 'Oh, and could you pull a few weeds while you're here?' ” Ryan Lilly, Write Like No One is Reading The coming weekend is probably the one. It happens around this time each… Continue reading Weeds, be warned
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet Oh, the trouble I've gotten myself into reading "creative" magazine spreads and blog posts. I've melted crayons onto my ironing board, made cucumber cups that slid right out of people's fingers. But, hope springs eternal. Literally, as… Continue reading Appalachian spring
“God never asked us to meet life's pressures and demands on our own terms or by relying upon our own strength. Nor did He demand that we win His favor by assembling an impressive portfolio of good deeds. Instead, He invites us to enter His rest.” Chuck Swindoll, American pastor and author I know exactly… Continue reading Some sabbath whoo-hoo
"To the tree! To the tree! ... What is up there on top of that tree? A dog party! A big dog party!" P.D. Eastman, "Go, Dog. Go!" When our daughters were little, they could recite Go, Dog. Go! from memory, the lines above being their absolute favorite. And, why wouldn't they be? It's hard to not enjoy the humor of crayon-colored dogs driving themselves… Continue reading A bird party, a big bird party!