Flowers Bloom Even Amidst Weeds

"You can learn a lot of things from the flowers” – Alice in Wonderland   My garden has been a source of beauty, joy, rest, and also wisdom. I hadn’t tended to my flowers as often as they need. When I finally made some time, I discovered weeds had grown tall and wild, filling every space between flowers. That’s when I noticed something. Weeds had not stopped the many beautiful flowers from blooming. There,…

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The Question That Empties Your Mind In Two Seconds Flat
Table arrangement from my mom's birthday party.

The Question That Empties Your Mind In Two Seconds Flat

  A friend asked me one of those questions that instantly empties the mind of all ideas – you know the kind I mean? Her question was, “What inspired you this week?” I was surprised by how empty my mind suddenly became. I won’t say whether or not my mouth hung open while I waited for a thought – any thought – to come.   (( cricket sounds ))   But… eventually the gears started turning…

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For Those Who Smoke After…

  The older I get, the less I care what other people think, and the more I’m comfortable in my own skin. (Where was this confidence twenty years ago!) Once upon a time I cared a great deal what others thought, and was very careful not to offend. Now I care more about being real. Loving, tender, and thoughtful of course, but not pleasing others if it means pretending to be someone else –…

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