spiritual life

All out of happy? Try joy!

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher, Jesuit priest, paleontologist David Brooks, esteemed New York Times columnist, wrote recently about the futility of seeking happiness rather than welcoming joy. In Our Daily Bread, so did David Roper, esteemed faith writer. Daisies, a sure sign of the… Continue reading All out of happy? Try joy!

blogging

:) Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Ezee Shad for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is a peer recognition award for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. OK, there are several icons for this award. This is the funniest by far... Her blog is glowupwithshad.wordpress.com. Take a look! Rules of the award Thank the blogger… Continue reading 🙂 Sunshine Blogger Award

family life

61 things that are still perfect in a really messed-up world

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens." Rodgers & Hammerstein, My Favorite Things Doesn't everyone have such a list? Here is mine, assembled on a sunny, spring morning... Last but not least, sunrise. A new day. 🙂 The smell of coffee perking, chocolate melting, slicing into a perfect… Continue reading 61 things that are still perfect in a really messed-up world

outdoors

Savoring winter

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland, American journalist/nature writer This time of year, I try to think like a skier, savoring what remains of winter rather than looking longingly at the March and April calendar pages. It's winter. And, while spring-like warmth is sneaking in a bit here and there,… Continue reading Savoring winter

books, writing

Last day of giveaway!

Last chance for a FREE escape from the holiday frazzles. My chick-lit e-book Dune Girl is FREE at Amazon Kindle until 11:59 p.m. California time today. Tuck a copy into your Kindle, smart phone, tablet or other device as an uplifting, humorous break to the holiday crush. Even better, share this giveaway with friends just all over the place. It… Continue reading Last day of giveaway!