a calm December

a calm December December is a conundrum of a month, isn’t it? Depending on the day, it can feel either cozy and quiet; jolly and festive; or over-booked, stressful, and full of forced joy.   Over the next few weeks, let’s remember to take a few moments each day...
for the love of wind

for the love of wind

for the love of wind Autumn is a fascinating, fickle season, isn’t it? Its cold, rainy days are tailor-made for staying in, reading a book, maybe starting a fire, and planning for wintertime projects and hibernation.   And its golden, sunny days, of course, are...
when a photo is (almost) as good as the real thing

when a photo is (almost) as good as the real thing

when a photo is (almost) as good as the real thing By now, you’ve heard me say this at least a few times: Reading a good book is a perfect way to relax and reduce stress.   Then there’s this: Choosing a peaceful, quiet spot to read your book offers a double dose...
taking stock of daily joys

taking stock of daily joys

taking stock of daily joys What are your thoughts on “gratitude” journals?   I’ve been vaguely tempted to keep (or, let’s be clear, attempt to keep) one over the years. But honestly? They seem like too much work. The thought of finding something to be grateful...
Let’s make ‘rest’ the new ‘busy’

Let’s make ‘rest’ the new ‘busy’

Let’s make ‘rest’ the new ‘busy’ As we head into a new year, do you envision your deliciously blank calendar as an opportunity to do more?   If you’re looking at the upcoming year and thinking about how much you want to accomplish or...
book = portable vacation

book = portable vacation

book = portable vacation We already know that getting lost in a photograph of nature is surprisingly relaxing.   On any busy day, you can take a quick mental break by “walking” down that forest path hanging on your wall and paying close attention to the sunlight...