Enjoy the simple things in life with all your senses: sipping coffee on the deck, watching the loons on the lake, listening to the chatter of songbirds, smelling the freshly mown grass, and holding the hand of your special someone.



Meditation: Don’t just sit there

Do you meditate? Do your meditation practices involve only sitting? MeditationSitting

Did you know there are other kinds of meditation that are extremely beneficial?

The key to all types of meditation is mindfulness. Thoughts are going to ramble through your mind. Let them. Acknowledge each one and then let it go. Breath naturally, slow and steady. Feel the air enter and leave your body ─ from your belly to your nose or, if you can, from the tips of your toes to your nose. Continue reading

When is the right time to simplify your life?

Sadly, in my opinion and based on personal experience, people don’t consider minimizing, or simplifying, their lives until later in life. Sometimes, it’s in the forties, but more often it’s in the fifties and sixties.


When we’re young, we have the motivation and ambition to work hard. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s something we must do. But, we choose to reap the rewards by spending our hard-earned money. Continue reading

Find joy…


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This isn’t just another casualty of autumn. Last winter as I walked the trails with my camera, shooting new-fallen snow, barren trees, cerulean sky, and blue shadows, I spied this little leaf lying forlornly on the snow. I imagined that he was one of the last hanger-on and finally let go in the breeze on that cold January day. He wanted me to take his picture for posterity before he gave in to the next snow that would surely blanket him. There he’d hibernate until spring and then dissolve into the earth creating food for trees, old and new, and more leaves that would become part of yet another a beautiful, colorful landscape. He would perform tiny, but essential, role before succumbing to the eternal cycle of life that is Mother Nature.


When will you be happy?


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Many of us think that when we get the great job, we’ll be happy. When we get married to Mr. or Mrs. Wonderful and have kids, we’ll be happy. When we get the beautiful blue SUV with leather seats, we’ll be happy. When we can build our four-bedroom dream home on the ocean, we’ll be happy. When we travel to some exotic locale, we’ll be happy. Happiness is always an elusive something that will happen one day, if we keep going straight ahead.

The trouble is, Continue reading