The Hours

Idle Hours by Julian Alden Weir

What do you want? How do you spend your time? Is it how you want to be spending your time? Are you content? Disgruntled? Frustrated? Bored? Curious? Check in with yourself. Think of time like coins to spend (time is money, as the saying goes, right?). How do you want to spend it? The thing…

Treat Yourself

Treat yourself: bouquet - Julie Goolsby

Sometimes I buy myself flowers. Flowers are good for the soul. They lift your spirit while also beautifying your home. In fact, the simple act of placing a bunch of cut flowers (or other natural objects) in your home can bring more health and well-being to your life. Recently, I bought myself a lovely bunch…

Alpacas!

If you need to commune with gentle, friendly animals, then get ye to an alpaca farm! Recently, my family was in town and we visited Mistletoe Farm Alpacas in Franklin, TN. Like humans, alpacas come in a variety of sizes, and, to some degree, shapes (they're just like us!). They have their own personalities—some will…

Therapy

Pitted, split open and not quite fully ripe, yet still the proud fruits of my labor—I picked the first two tomatoes from my garden yesterday. I am guided by my current mantra, "The perfect is the enemy of the good." As I look at my scarred and far-from-perfect bounty, I marvel at the smooth, red…

The Hand of God

About a month ago I joined a dear friend on a hike in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. The trip was an opportunity for us to not only take a break from our lives and hang out, but also a chance to catch up and talk about our dreams, fears and ideas in person. Friends for…

The Heron

I sat on a rotting wooden bench, sullen and frustrated, when suddenly a heron swooped down and skidded across the water directly in front of me. Of course, I immediately grabbed my phone to take a photo and document this auspicious greeting. I felt like there was a message in this sighting, so I sat…

Planting the Seeds

Watering can: planting the seeds

A couple of days ago in the glorious 85-degree heat, I planted the seeds in my garden. Carefully following the plan I’d drawn up with Leigh, one of the farm’s owners, I systematically made my way around the little square of chunky red dirt that’s “mine” for the next few months. I wasn’t especially scientific…

May Day

Also known by some as Beltane, today is May Day, the first day of May. It's the mid-point between the spring and summer equinoxes, a time of fecundity and fire. May Day reminds us of the magic and energy of spring. Some may celebrate with a Maypole, threading between each other with long colorful ribbons.…