"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats"
This is my morning coffee view for the next few weeks. I am a lucky girl, and I know it. My morning routine is a long loop walk, ending at the local store where I buy a cup of coffee and sit and admire this view. My habit started some 30 Augusts ago, same loop but at a jog, and no sitting at the end. Then the jogging was replaced by pushing a baby stroller. Then a baby and a toddler stroller. Now a walk and a sit. A walk and a sit and a think. READ MORE
One of my favorite summer memories is from a late afternoon in July, about five years back. It was a blue bird sky day, and I was sitting on a beach on Martha's Vineyard, with my dear friend Beth and her husband. My flight back to Washington was taking off around 7:00 that evening, and I was dreading leaving what might go down as one of the best beach days of the summer. Worse still would be dragging my favorites hosts off the beach early, in order for me to take a shower before heading to the airport. Gazing out towards the few remaining swimmers, a little voice popped into my head, inadvertently channelling my ten year old self, "So what if you don't take a shower before your flight? What would be so bad that would happen then?" READ MORE
a spirit of giving
a zest for life
Having already started on an ornithological theme for this morning's note, I got to considering the expression "a rare bird", turning it over in my mind like a pebble in my hand. READ MORE