Sunday, December 14, 2014
Stephen Krensky, with beautiful illustrations by Pascal Campion. The Last Christmas Tree truly stole my heart when I discovered it last week and continues to resonate in its poignancy. I think you'll love it, too.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
(The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli, circa 1490, Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
Monday, December 1, 2014
My heart has been waiting for you. For the red, the green, the frosty, the twinkling. For the comfort and joy of beloved carols and ornaments and cookies. Welcome Rudolph and Santa, welcome Grinch, welcome especially Charlie Brown. Yay for Handel's Messiah on the car radio and Layne's cinnamon coffee cake, for the aromatic exhilaration of the tree lot, for yet another reading of A Christmas Carol.
I've been waiting all year to bring my creche down from the attic and take the figurines out of their tissue-wrapped rest. There's Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, a cow, a donkey, a camel, two little lambs, three wise men and the angel who watches over them all. It feels like they've been waiting for me, too.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
1. Ian's never-fail 6:30 am cheerfulness before he heads to school
2. two different people saying the nicest compliments about Yates
3. Italia completing (and enjoying!) a half-marathon
4. Mike saving an article he thought I'd like
5. watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on YouTube
6. clients who didn't mind moving meetings around to fit my schedule
7. catching up with my sister-in-law on the phone
8. finishing a great book
9. starting a new one
10. orange roses as big as peonies
11. cold, sunny afternoon walks
12. nature's November palette
Monday, November 17, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
If you get complacent in appreciating this banquet we call life, your senses can help turn things around. A friend told me about the idea of keeping a Thanksgiving Sensory Notebook in which you jot the good things you see, hear, taste, smell and touch throughout the day. Pumpkin spice tea and the pretty can it comes in. The bag of bright tangerines. Crunchy leaves underfoot. The voice you love so much on the other end of the phone. The mysterious moon in its inky sky. It doesn't take much before your cornucopia really doth runneth over. The wisest person I know says that the antidote to feeling like life has gone flat, or haywire, is to be radically present. A stick of cinnamon is an excellent place to start.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014