I adore a gentle breeze, a nice little hair-ruffling tickle, especially on a warm day, with butterflies flitting around in the wild flowers. The audiologist who tested me said I hear like superwoman. Don’t whisper if I’m in the same auditorium--I just might understand every word. My preferences are wide-ranging and quirky. I (and two… Continue reading I’m color blind, and 9 other random things about me
There are days when the absolute last thing I want to hear from a perky person is, "Cheer up." When I don't feel like smiling, I really don't feel like smiling.When life is going the wrong way (meaning it's going a different direction or a different speed from the way I want it to go)… Continue reading Smiles–when you can’t muster them, make them!
Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't. Theodore Roethke When I discovered Sieglinde (Sissi) Shattuck's art, I found a place of quiet attentiveness, leisurely breathing space, respite from a hasty, noisy world. Because her paintings moved me so deeply, they made me curious about who she… Continue reading Sieglinde Shattuck–Fine Art and Zwetchkenknödel
Less is more. A few words explain everything I really need to know about putting my life in order so that I can live well, in spite of everything. Under-commit. Under-satisfy cravings. Underspend. Downsize expectations. Don't try to please everyone. Be gentle. Seek quiet. Be grateful.
Don’t have a genius IQ? Weren’t born into wealth and status? Don’t have a degree from one of the top-10 Colleges/Universities? Too bad, because you’re not likely going to be able to change any of the factors which are assumed to determine a person’s likelihood for success... But the assumptions, as usual, turn out to… Continue reading 10 Steps to Success for Ordinary People
"We wish and command that everyone who values our good grace shall bring only cheerful news... wherever he may come from, and whatever he may hear or see." Giovanni Boccaccio, “The Decameron” (written in 1348, in Italy) When circumstances become challenging and discouraging, it sometimes helps me to take a broader perspective. History shows that… Continue reading 10 steps to happiness, from 14th-century Italy
“Right now a moment of time is fleeting by. Capture its reality ... To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate...give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been before our time.” Cézanne*** Observing and appreciating… Continue reading Cézanne Instructs Us to Capture Fleeting Moments