She was in the living room, sitting in the sunken green armchair watching basketball, sandwich on her lap. Melted Parmesan and warmed prosciutto between two slices of fresh ciabatta bread. Just as she liked it, my mother. I was coming down the stairs. She turned to face me. “Are you enjoying yourself?” I asked. She … Continue reading A moment
Photography always interested me, but I was deterred by the technical side. Recently Instagram inspired me to give it another try. So I started taking my camera with me. Here are a few early photos on my photography journey. I'll hope you'll take a look and share any feedback you can offer.
Integrity is the uncompromising uprightness to stick to one's moral beliefs. Or is it? In his essay on integrity, Stephen Batchelor a former monk redefines integrity as a more nuanced and malleable trait. His essay really got me thinking. Here I break down his definition and add some thoughts of my own.
Occasionally I treat myself to a coffee at one of the four cafes in my neighborhood. These excursions aren’t simply about coffee though a strong brew is essential. They are trips to different worlds, different social experiences.
Yet again I find myself with a decision to make. But I am a perfectionist, a maximizer and a control freak. When it comes to decision-making, this is a disastrous combination.
Mother Nature showed her might this week. For three days, a storm brought heavy rains, the kind that lash at your windows, batter your roof, rip branch from tree, trees from earth. She paused for a day but brought the rains back today with gray clouds cloaking the sky, saturating the earth in moisture. But I don’t mind. I like the gray, the wet.
Sometimes you just aren’t ready for something and then later you are. Time changes us. In big ways, in little ways, in ways we might be unaware. Shifts in our thinking or our values change our receptiveness to experiences. That’s why I revisit places, activities, ideas I initially disliked or dismissed.
Happy New Year! This year I want to narrow my focus and work on long term goals. This year I want to lay the groundwork so I can move closer to the life I envision
2019 is just around the corner so I want to review how I did with my 2018 goals. Each month I tried to set a goal or two either something to accomplish or something to try. I also had two themes for the year: creativity and compassion.
Maybe this happens to everyone as they get older, maybe I’m becoming more aware but I find the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and New Years’ make me more reflective. This year, a several events, both big and small had me thinking about the everyday privileges I take for granted.