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I am catching my breath for a minute, and thinking about gratitude this week. A lot is happening that has people in despair, and I am aware that the world seems tough. But at the same time, there is so much goodness and kindness and joy in the world. I Pollyanna a lot on social […]


I’m off to spend quality time with family for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Every 2 years my cousin flies from Germany for the Turkey Feast. This year we’ll have a slumber party in mom’s new apartment and just spend time contemplating our lives. Each family member present is experiencing a re-set of some sort, and I […]

Thanksgiving Reflections

10 things I am grateful for this year: 1. The deepening of relationships and appreciating each person in my life for their unique qualities 2. Embracing opportunities instead of shying away from them 3. Seeing myself through other people’s eyes and liking their reflection of me 4. Being encouraged to challenge myself and enjoying the […]

Savoring small blessings

I heart my life. The past few weeks have been filled with planning and creating and pushing myself. So it is good to step out and put life in perspective by inhaling the fragrant air and observing nature for a spell. New life is emerging throughout the neighborhood. A day trip also reminded me of […]


“There is no feeling better than realizing you are living the life you want to live.” ~ Maike’s Marvels It’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I am filled with gratitude every day. The beauty of blogging is that it provides a chronicle of one’s life, and looking back through the pages I realize how full and […]

Happy Birthday to me!

Today is my birthday, which I have been celebrating for quite some time. In reality, this entire year has been a celebration of life.   The official birthday kick-off was with Crowns, the evening before the beginning of August. But I also splurged with the Geneva trip, and treated myself to some lovely art work […]

Friday Fun: Supportive Surroundings

“Artists are very dynamic members of society”  ~ Katie Keller, Graceful Works Last week was a lovely blend of restoration, inspiration, and encouragement. After absorbing edible and visual local artistry in Geneva, Thursday evening was spent discussing the need for Creativity in the Chicago area. I attended the quarterly Create. Innovate. Repeat. Happy Hour sponsored […]

Days of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! This year it has really snuck up on me. It feels surreal that everyone will be gathered around Turkey and trimmings tomorrow. After the Halloween push it seems the stores are skipping straight ahead to Christmas. One distressed little girl asked her mom if they were skipping Thanksgiving this year: “Why does the […]

Electricity Appreciation Week

Summer has officially begun, and quickly turned into electricity appreciation week. Last weekend the Evanston Art Depot held the 40th Annual Custer Street Fair. All the street performers, the variety of merchandise and its convenient location around the corner of my home make it my favorite fair of the summer. I’ve collected numerous adornments for […]


Today was a lovely day, even though we had torrents of rain pouring down. I attended a NAWBO event that included an open house for a spa (my hands are nicely moisturized and massaged) and some yummy cupcakes. The best part was that I came away feeling supported. Networking is not my forte (it can […]

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