I feel as if this last month has been a whirlwind. Many things have come up… events and opportunities and surprises… some in my personal life and some in my professional life.
We were at a family wedding this weekend, and it was one of those soul-filling trips, one that I didn’t realize how much I needed until I was there.
Years ago I wrote a poem called “Forgive.” It was published in my first book, The Difference Now, and was about the end of a certain struggle. I had gotten to a point in my life where I was tired of being angry at people who had hurt me. Sound familiar? I think we’ve all taken […]
We did an early Mother’s Day type of thing at the Boerner Botanical Gardens this weekend and I had to share some photos. It’s such a beautiful grounds and they have lots of different flower exhibits throughout the year. Since it was early, we saw mostly tulips but even those were spectacular. For instance, I […]
May is a favorite month that brings in warmer weather (or at least it should… right now as I write this it is still cold), a national holiday, and the start of summer. Here are five ways to show your friends some extra kindness this month.
You know, for a long time, I just never asked for help with things. Isn’t that the way when we’re young? We think we can do it all, and we can really do a lot. We discover the strength of our spirit and how far our wings can take us. Asking for help in any […]
April marks the start of warmer temps and fun holidays. Allow some of these dates to give you inspiration for ways to nurture your friendship. Remember that acts of kindness are really ways to keep your relationships strong. If you do them randomly for strangers, you’ll also be changing your outlook on life. Celebrate […]
Are you guys on Instagram? I am, and love it. (Follow me there!) I love the visual nature of Instagram and that people share all the silly, fun, creative parts of themselves there. The site has a different feel than other social media outlets do. It is not political or negative and seems to be […]
Did a fun art fair over the weekend. I think every fair like this helps you understand more about your art and the people who buy your art. This particular event was a fun one for me because I got to connect with some old friends, many of whom I had not seen in 20 […]
March is known for basketball playoffs and St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s plenty of other events that can inspire you to do something nice for a friend. Spring’s arrival, the Oscars, and a host of quirky holidays will give you plenty of ideas for random acts of kindness. Here are five. Spring Has Sprung Warmer […]
For the last couple years we’ve done an intentional gratitude practice of writing thank you notes to each other. It’s intentional by design, because the more you actively make gratitude a part of your life, the more you feel it. It’s too easy to get caught up in negativity or in the way you wish […]
February is known for Valentine’s Day and is often called the month for lovers, but I’ve always thought of it more of a fun day, one where you can give heart-shaped treats and just let a friend or coworker know you’re pulling for them. The best way to do that? By showing kindness. Kindness should […]
So often I find with painting that it isn’t so much creating the picture that is hard, it is working through all the difficult stages that bring it from idea to realized art. What starts out as a certain idea in my mind changes (as it must) depending on what happens when I get everything […]
As a kid growing up in the 70s in Milwaukee, I saw the aftereffects of the civil rights movement, and it has stayed with me my entire life. I saw kids getting bused to schools far away from their homes, I saw angry people who had grandparents who either were slaves or who were alive […]