Plant a Tree – How and Why To Do It

Where to buy trees and how to plant them. My husband and I recently bought our first home together, and while there are many trees on our property, we’re having fun planting new ones, as well. We feel excited and blessed by the chance to plant trees on the land, in our own small way, … Continue reading Plant a Tree – How and Why To Do It

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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

Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

“Miss Rumphius” taught me about humble acts of kindness. As I prepare to give birth to my first child — a little girl — in June, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is reading books together. I love the experience of being read aloud to. I love listening to someone else’s voice shape the words in … Continue reading Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Therapy, Dogs, and Medication. 1. Therapy I’ve been meeting with a therapist regularly for almost 10 years, and it has greatly helped me to manage my feelings of anxiety. For me, anxiety would build when I kept my fears and worries trapped inside. In my mind, without the necessary space to be released, these fears … Continue reading My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

A Psalm written in honor of Easter: Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Author’s Note: In my “Joy Bible Study” program this semester here in Lexington, Massachusetts at Grace Chapel, we’ve been studying the Psalms in the Bible. I’m a born-again Christian, and I’ve found a lot of strength, beauty, and healing in text of the Psalms. They … Continue reading Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”