Reasons I Love this Season

The Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas are filled with more than a few of my favorite things. Twinkling lights and trees, the music and movies. Sparkling snow and shining stars. Dears and deer, ribbons and bows, wrapping and wreaths. Warm woolen scarves, sweaters, slippers and mittens. Leather and furry collars, cuffs, muffs and moccasins. The…

Fathers, Mothers, Babies: it’s about Family

Babies have been on my mind a bundle lately. I see them everywhere and smile every single time I see one. I love to smile right at them. To get one of their sweet little smiles in return is a big bonus. I love to catch their eye, to make a happy connection. I like…

In Loving Memory

Dear Darlin’ Tamara Grace, You will be much more dearly and deeply missed by many more than you might have imagined. I hope you absolutely and profoundly know that now. You were my favorite cousin. Weren’t you everyone’s favorite? And everyone was your favorite. You loved everyone. You saw even the least goodness. You were…

Love thy Neighbor

“Is not general incivility the very essence of love?” In keeping with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, here is another quote from that work, and in accompaniment is this ‘‘My Next-door Neighbor’ painting by Edmund Blair Leighton, a Pre-Raphaelite artist who delved into some feminine romantic Regency themes.