January, 2015

Strengthen the Ambiance in Your Space with Art

If the rooms in your house lack strength and character, art can elevate your spaces. Small shapely art objects displayed on shelves and artfully lit can make a big impact. Textured fabrics used on pillows, floor coverings and artfully framed will add warmth and character to a room….

Hello World

I have always turned to books for answers to life’s most difficult questions. For inspiration, I have hung a photograph of one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, prominently in my living room. Her work on gender, class, sexuality, and empire seems in many ways still relevant. But…

Why I’m No Better Than The Grinch At Stopping Christmas

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I do not like Christmas. It’s not that I don’t try to like it, and it’s not that I have never liked it, but inevitably, sometime on Thanksgiving Day, the reality of the looming Christmas season hits me, and I become melancholy…

Finding Strength Through the Power of Unconditional Gratitude

Life has a way of beating us and kicking us when we’re down.  Many of us are constantly under spiritual or emotional assault.  When we learn how to combat these assaults in a way that strengthens us, we are healed and renewed, rather than feeling broken, angry, depressed…

Relaxation

“And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries…

Hidden Strengths

Strengths have their roots in the character of the Universe. Even deeper, Strength has its unique propelling root. As our social cultures push us to success and glitter, we tend to abandon the magic given to us, and over time, move further from knowing our ultimate strength. Begin…

Is Love All You Need?

Strength: big powerful word! Strong word. It brings to mind heavy machinery, a river dam, a bridge over water, or gravity. What does it make you think of? It makes me also think of something we all need from time to time. Especially during the holiday season (for me,…

Trials And Tribulations

If life were a friend, I’d question her loyalty. She has this way about her; this annoying and inconvenient need to teach lessons you didn’t even ask to learn. Then she disguises them as this thing they call “trials and tribulations.” So you trick yourself into thinking there’s…

As I Rise…

I asked my grandsons about the word, “Strength,” and how it applies to their lives.  Christian, 13,  recounted his experience with joining the Florence, AL  Travel Soccer team.  He made the team — a team that consisted of boys who had been playing together for over 5 years.  He…

Goin’ In: “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest”

What more can be said about the travesties of injustice that set American souls on fire in 2014?  We were familiar with deaths by the hands of gangs and criminals. We saw this almost daily. What grasped our hearts was the racial profiling we witnessed, the police brutality, the ultimate…