Nothing says summer quite like the quintessential straw bag. Equally apropos on the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina, or Florence, Italy, it's tres chic at the beach, user-friendly at a Farmer's Market and just an all-around feel-good accessory for this sunny season. On any given day, you never know where summer might take you, from a peach orchard to a minor league baseball game to a barbecue joint a few towns over. So toss in sunglasses and spf, paperback of The Paris Wife, bottled water, a pack of Wrigley's. Pair with espadrilles, swirly cotton skirt, t-shirt. And you're good to go. Just follow the sunshine.(image)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I'm the morning person in our domicile, the person who pads downstairs before anyone else and makes the coffee. Just the way we like it: rich and bold with a pinch of sugar, a splash of half & half. Then I deliver this elixir of goodness upstairs, along with the newspaper, to he who appreciates some extra winks. I try not to do anything while I'm having my coffee . . . except have my coffee. And think. About what's in my heart and on my plate that day. And how I can try to merge the two. I say a prayer and ask for a blessing. A fresh start is a pretty wonderful thing. Happily, it happens every day.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
It's a very mysterious and miraculous, learn-as-you-go process in which both sides have to let go. That is the part I've bumbled through and have had to make peace with. Then one day, say a Mother's Day twenty years into it all, a revelation. While shepherding those children through myriad development stages, they've fostered your development, too. The eternal, maternal mystery. One that has made you what you are and given you aspirations for all you hope to be.
Friday, May 11, 2012
It's a full-time job trying to move through the day radiating positive energy, but the non-monetary compensation is abundant and the benefits are unlimited. It's the attitude equivalent of an open door, open heart policy. The greatest thing is that there are a gazillion job openings in this line of work so you can start today, right now. Hope to see you at the water cooler (sparkling, of course).
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Active Listening is the practice of repeating back or paraphrasing what you think you are hearing and gently seeking clarity when the meaning is not clear.
Good Listening is giving open-minded, genuinely interested attention to others and allowing yourself the time and space to fully absorb what they say. Seeks not surface but where the speaker is coming from.
Deep Listening is more contemplative than active listening and involves listening from a deep, receptive and caring place in oneself to a deeper and often subtler level of meaning and intention in another person. It is listening that is generous, empathetic, supportive, accurate and trusting - trust that whatever the other says comes from something true in their experience. Involves opening one's awareness to the unknown and unexpected. Deep Listening is a way of being that is sensitive to all facets of our experience: external, internal, contextual.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012