I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.

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“Everybody’s born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I’d really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can’t seem to do it. They just don’t get it. Of course, the problem could be that I’m not explaining it very well, but I think it’s because they’re not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they’re not, really.”

Haruki Murakami

They pretend to be listening, but they’re not, really.

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a “lone traveler” and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude - feelings which increase with the years.”

Albert Einstein

I am a complete contradiction.

Feelings which increase with the years…

I’ve been collecting daily photos for almost a year now and cannot tell you how much it has taught me about myself and my life. I started for a completely different reason and not even so much for myself as for my daughter but it has been a constant exercise in being present. An exercise in showing up for my life, for her life…for our life together. A reminder that no matter how dark some days seem, there is beauty to be found. And, often, it’s found in the simplest of things in the most unlikely of places.

For me, it’s a private & personal project & I don’t know that I’d ever feel the need or want to share it with anyone but Em but I’m SO glad that he did so that others can be inspired.


Aside from randomly random iPhone photos, it’s rare for me to share my photography here. These clouds completely mesmerized me this evening though and so, I thought I’d share.

The storms completely missed us and we were able to carry on our PERFECT day but my heart is breaking for those I know and love in Joplin who were not as fortunate. So, if you’re so inclined, keep a good thought for them in heart and mind. It’s going to be a devastating morning for them with many, many more to follow.

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Storm’s a brewin’… (Taken with Instagram at Tornado Alley)

Storm’s a brewin’… (Taken with Instagram at Tornado Alley)

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”

—Vincent Van Gogh


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