This was posted in an area that I was working in today. We can all use this reminder.


by: Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.Send a kiss

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What time is it anyway?

It has been many years since I last wore a watch. It’s not that I did not have one to wear, the bag full of watches in need of repair in my dresser drawer would tell otherwise. I do not know why I stopped wearing a watch but I came to realize there is a freedom in not having one on so it stuck.  

A week or so ago I approached my husband and said, “ hon, I have to tell you something”, he was pretty apprehensive given the seriousness of my mood but asked what it was. “I need to get a watch” I replied. He laughed, “you don’t say?” “Hard to believe, huh?” I asked him. My new job requires me to move throughout the hospital, meeting with people, talking, etc.. I never know what time it is so I cannot determine if I need to break free since I do keep appointments, loose as these may be. I have taken to asking people in the elevator what time it is.

Today we stood at the jewelry counter searching out a watch. Not as easy as one might think. It needs to match the wardrobe, be easy to put on without aid, and have numbers big enough to see. It took some searching but I eventually settled on a watch to purchase.  It is heavy on my wrist and I hope that I get used to wearing it. I am not sad, for what gave me freedom to go without will now give me a new freedom when I wear it. Seasons change and so should we.

Weekly Photo Challenge-Fall

We spent the afternoon enjoying the warmth and beautiful scenery.  Our destination was


The smell of fresh pressed cider, kettle corn, and apple crisp permeated the air.

September Day at Clyde's Cider Mill

Clyde’s is the oldest operating steam powered cider mill in the U.S.


These apples are picture perfect.


Fall is a wonderful time of year. Many colors and scents that are unique to autumn. The season wouldn’t be complete without a full selection to savor.


Nourish the Soul

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a woman who was nearing the end of her treatment for breast cancer. She had just had the final reconstructive phase and would soon be able to look back on this very difficult season of her life. Her call to me was prompted because she was struggling emotionally. She shared that her life work in the orchestra had been placed on hold during her surgeries. As our conversation continued she confessed that now in her mid fifties she has known for some time that she needed to find other ways to fill her time. Her children were grown and needed little attention and her husband is currently in a very busy season in life leaving her to spend countless hours alone.

To provide her comfort and care I began to pull tools out from my authentic self’s shed. What have I discovered along my path that I could now pass onto another in a great time of need?

This woman’s soul lost its nourishment when she became severed from her instrument. She needed to replace the source and fill the void. With the knowledge of her musical gift I began to explore other ways she might employ the arts.

In my journey I have discovered to my great surprise that I like to bake. It is an outlet for my creativity and gives me satisfaction. Exploring different music genres is a fun way to display or change my mood. Just this week I danced around the kitchen to Santana while baking a banana bread!  

The woman told me that she used to love to bake but had not done so in quite awhile and her music collection was vast but not playing. As we hung up she had several new ideas that could help her to fill in the artistic void until she was able to be safely reunited with her instrument.

We are all in danger of having a void in our life. Steps need to be taken now to discover talents and gifts that have been buried and are just waiting to be unearthed. 

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Sunday in the Park

Today after church my husband and I spent the day in the park where we were married. We invited one of our daughter’s, her husband and our grandaughter to join us.

The day was beautiful. The sky was mostly sunny and had some really cool clouds over the sound. The trees have no leaves due to the recent hurricane that ripped up the coast leaving us without power for 6 days.

 After a simple meal of fresh fruit and sandwiches with fresh chicken salad we played a game of bocci ball. Boys against the Girls-we should have let Piper help us maybe we would have done better.

After the game it was time to fly kites. The park is known to attract many kiteflyers as it has great wind and wide open spaces.

It was said that I am the only person known that can turn kite flying into an aerobic activity!

A walk was next on the agenda. The park is really quite beautiful overlooking the Long Island Sound, gardens, dunes and great open space.


The flowers are still blooming although many are past prime the butterflies still enjoy the sweet nectar.

We had a wonderful day full of simple abundance. I am so very grateful for days like these. Gods love seems tangible in everything seen and done.


Perfect days. Perfect faces. Perfect Smiles.


Simple Woman’s Daybook September

Because I feel it is in keeping with my search for my authentic self and the enjoyment of simple abundance I will be joining the Simple Women’s Daybook blog. You can discover and explore this blog for yourself by following  I hope that you will consider joining us. 

Outside my window…the sky is blue with some fluffy white clouds. The air is cooler than it has been, fall is moving into New England.

I am thinking…my dog is so cute as she wrestles with her blanket on the living room floor. Oh the simple things…

I am thankful…oh so many things. Good friends, good books and good beer to start.

In the kitchen…that cake I baked smells very yummy

I am wearing…jeans and a long sleeve tee.

I am creating…the person I want to be!

I am going…to spend the weekend enjoying whatever life brings my way.

I am wondering…what my college aged son is up to this weekend.

I am reading…the Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.
I am hearing…David Sanborn on the CD player

Around the house…things are orderly and clean, ahh!

I am pondering…how to maintain childlike faith

One of my favorite things…a good meal in great surroundings with my favorite people.

A few plans for the rest of the week: an afternoon with our granddaughter, maybe a massage, fundraising event- Pink Flamingo’s

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

How does God define Authentic Friendships?

Authentic Friendships

by Rick Warren 

But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:7-8 NCV)

In Christian fellowship people should experience authenticity.

Authentic fellowship is not superficial, surface-level chit-chat. It’s genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing.

It happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives. They share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures, disclose their doubts, admit their fears, acknowledge their weaknesses, and ask for help and prayer.

Authenticity is the exact opposite of what you find in many churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, there is pretending, role-playing, politicking and superficial politeness, but shallow conversation.

People wear masks, keep their guards up, and act as if everything is rosy in their lives. These attitudes are the death of real friendship.

It’s only as we become open about our lives that we experience authentic fellowship. The Bible says, “If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other.… If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves” (1 John 1:7–8, NCV).

The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. We tend to use darkness to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures and flaws. But in the light, we bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are.

Of course, being authentic requires both courage and humility. It means facing our fear of exposure, rejection and being hurt again.

Why would anyone take such a risk?

Because it’s the only way to grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy. The Bible says, “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed” ( James 5:16a, Msg).

I say~ Come on world lets get real! He is waiting on US!


She inspired those who knew her

Tonight we attended funeral services for a beautiful 20 year old friend of my middle daughter, Jess. She was a vibrant, compassionate, energetic young woman who had her life stolen when she began to use drugs. It was painful to stand with so many young people who mourned the loss of this beauty.

I pray for peace for the family. 

This is a photo from senior prom in 2009. Janine is the first in line. You will be missed.

Full Moon Rising

As I left the house this morning for my hour long commute the weather was warm and it was foggy. On mornings such as this the fog may be thick near the river and in the valleys and absent in the flat dry areas. As I drove one of those flatter areas I noticed the still full moon in the brightening morning sky. I have a real fondness for a full moon. When I have traveled alone and the moon has been full I know that I can look up and see the same moon that my husband/best friend views thousands of miles away:)

Alone in the city staring at the moon I knew my love was looking at the same moon back at home.

This morning I had a really special treat. As I rounded a corner and the fog cleared the moon was shining through my windshield. As I looked out my rearview mirror the sun was dawning and the sky was beginning to sparkle brillance and color.

Some of my favorite photo’s are of the moon and the sunrise.


Somewhere over the Carribean

I have a friend who once said that she hopes that when she gets to heaven she has the job of coloring the sky. Wouldn’t that be AWESOME!

Rising moon in Antigua Guetamala, my personal favorite