Why I Tithe

I give 10% back to my community with every paycheck “We rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll “No one has ever become poor from giving.” — Maya Angelou “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop *** …Why do I tithe? I tithe because it feels good to know that some of my money each month is … Continue reading Why I Tithe

The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

What I learned from him. It was a cold spring day in New England. Cherry-tree flowers hung ripe and fluttering in the chilly breeze, and I watched the wind send their white petals blowing down the sidewalk ahead of me as I walked to my office. Gray clouds hung low and menacing overhead. “Why is it … Continue reading The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

What can I do to make the world a more beautiful place? What will you do today, to make the world a more beautiful place? As author and illustrator Barbara Cooney prompts us to consider in her famous children’s book, Miss Rumphius, we see powerful results when we ask ourselves this question. The character “Miss … Continue reading The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art

It’s like bottled inspiration and I drink from it daily. To fire up inspiration in my life, I keep artwork all around me. When I was a young school girl, I loved making drawings based on artwork I was familiar with. I was exposed to a variety of visual art both through the small progressive school … Continue reading Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art

The Smell of Fresh Mulch

In Reverence of Spring. I’m in New England it’s early May - Spring coolness, brown fuzz-dust Fairy dust garden workings - All the hedges, trees, gardens, are nourished once again with protective coverings of mulch. - A blower sounds; the landscapers are head down, working hard. - Everything looks cleaned up. - Green flowers blowing … Continue reading The Smell of Fresh Mulch

A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

I survived. I was eating while trying to back out of my parking spot It was the morning I was heading to work In a rush - And a piece of my Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart Crumbled And fell off my lip Bounced into the open lip of my boot and was Eaten by … Continue reading A Pop-Tart Fell Into My Boot

Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation

What happened when I wrote a “letter of appreciation” to someone’s manager. I have found that voicing my appreciation to the people in my life reinforces their favorable behaviors. Furthermore, it builds their self-esteem, makes me feel good, and strengthens our bond. Verbalizing your appreciation to family, friends, and members of your community can have a … Continue reading Spread Joy By Voicing Your Appreciation