water bowl

On Being Brave

I have a wild pool of water that has beautiful unpredictable ripples. It reflects a golden light that is more beautiful than anything I have ever seen. The patterns it creates are always changing and endlessly fascinating. I gaze at it with love. I found the perfect bowl put the pool in. So I scooped…

The Gratitude Challenge 2013

The inspiring Mama Jorje has invited fellow bloggers to participate in The Gratitude Challenge. We’re each listing 100 things we’re grateful for and sharing them on American Thanksgiving. Writing this list was a pleasure. I decided to hold my gratitude in my heart and write the entire list all at once. I liked both the…

Gratitude Shopping with Kids

It’s the holiday season which means families coming together to celebrate and exchange gifts. It also means messages about hyper consumerism are inundating us. My kids and I have ongoing conversations about advertising and the way it works to create needs in us that we didn’t know we had. They’re highly skeptical of anyone trying…

Gratitude for Those Whom We See Only Briefly

I was recently reading yet another one of those articles judging a parent based on a short period of observation. I certainly don’t feel influenced by a parent feeding their kids fast food while surfing their cell phone across the parking lot. But, the authors of those articles seem to be.   However, I have…

Spank Out Day 2012 Carnival: Call for Submissions

Compassion and empathy with children is the same compassion and empathy for the children grown. And there can be the story of mankind. ~me Monday, April 30th is Spank Out Day, a day to raises awareness about corporal punishment and non-violent ways to raise children. I am inviting anyone who feels inspired to promote non-violent…