The Ozarks & Big Cedar Lodge

We stayed at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO for the last few days, celebrating our 29th Anniversary. It was just gorgeous, even in the rain. It made me curious about Johnny Morris. (Most people know him as the owner of Bass Pro Shops). But he is the owner and visionary of Big Cedar Lodge…

When the Moment Captures Us

Sometimes we “capture a moment” but most often it’s that a moment captures us. It’s why we “snap the photo.” We’re touched. Moved. Reminded. Encouraged.  Grounded. Awed. So much #beautynearme

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

There’s so much in this documentary. One of the most beautiful realizations was in watching the way he saw the child in each person (even in himself). We should “speak to” the child in other people more often, not in a patronizing way but because of deep respect. There were harsh criticisms. There were attacks…

Perspective

The trees are crying today. At least looking through a rain-drenched window makes it appear that way. Our perspective always colors our reality. Monday #beautynearme

Connection is contagious. When I see it, I smile. Monday #beautynearme is brought to you by my parents (their connection with each other) and my grandson (his connection to his creativity). It evokes gratitude. So much gratitude. When we intentionally look for connection, even if looking on from a distance, our hearts are warmed. The cold of…

Fall-ing

It’s seems so vulnerable to see the leaf release from the tree and at the mercy of the wind.  Do you ever feel like that? Like you’re a leaf that’s just been released from the tree, just swirling, vulnerable, journeying to someplace unknown? I’m so glad change doesn’t separate us from beauty. And even more…

Blue Sky Kindness

Kindness lingers, like flower blossom aromas wafting down the country lane, slowly winding it’s way, finding us. To see kindness lived amidst harshness, kindness given in return for ill-will, kind-heartedness lived authentically because one is “being” instead of doing, is to see heroism and bravery. It’s a slow, laborious role. Kindness speaks in lingering fashion,…

RECEIVE

It may be old and rusty, worn and faded but it can still receive. (So can we.) If we’re willing and open, we might be surprised at what makes its way into our life. RECEIVE #beautynearme

The Color of Stillness

I love the sunsets that have me darting my eyes in every direction so I can take it all in… but tonight I was anchored in one spot, looking in one direction, mesmerized. I saw and felt the color of stillness. The unassuming gradation soothed and made my eyes and ears take a backseat. My…