To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

~author unknown

I have been enjoying a short bit of respite this week from my usual chock full life. But I wanted to take a moment to share my accomplishments.

Last Friday I completed what has been the most challenging online college course to date. In 8 seemingly short weeks we plowed through a 760-page text on the interesting but complex subject of microbiology–you know, those little bugs that are everywhere. The course included the do it at home lab pack that required 4 cooked labs done in the luxury of my kitchen and grown in a homemade incubator. I know you are quite envious right about now thinking—wow, I wish I could have spent the last 2 months doing that!

In addition, to that course, I completed an online course in Faith Community Nursing. This has been a long held desire of mine and I felt that the time was now. The course culminated with a 2- day retreat by the water. My dream is to build an active health ministry in my local church.

It has been good to have some downtime this week. However, the break is nearly done now. Next week I start back, three courses this time. I really want to get this degree complete and move onto the next step on my God adventure. I hope that I can bring myself here to write once a week. It is nice to reflect back on my journey and share it with you.

Below are a couple of photo’s from the retreat and the pins I earned.



Faith Community Nurse Pins

Dare to Be

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

~ Steve Maraboli

Dare to BE Image Credit to Kathleen Joyce

Simple Women’s Daybook

March 10, 2012 entry for the Simple Women’s Daybook.



Outside my window…the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Looks warmer than it truly is according to the service. Next week will offer a real taste of Spring.

I am thinking…about a blog make-over. Maybe a bit more “themed” by day. I am discovering that I am so diverse and blogging gives an opportunity to develop my creativity or maybe better said, share my creative side.

I am thankful…I got to spend time with my beautiful daughter Jessica last night. We get to share so little time one on one. The conversation and meal we shared was delightful.


In the kitchen…I don’t suspect much activity to occur this week as my husband is away.

I am wearing…more comfy robe and PJ’s and may just stay in them all day long! After all I am alone and how often does this happen?!

I am creating…the life I desire.

I am going…to have lunch and shop with my mom tomorrow. We haven’t spent time together in a few months so I am really looking forward to this outing.

I am wondering…what God has planned for my husband this week. He is off on an adventure as a short term missionary in Guatemala. The team has 3 focuses; medical, street evangelism and construction. Steven felt led by God to pursue the translation of a few easy worship songs to be shared. The initial thought was there would be opportunity to share during morning devotion time with the team. However he got a call a day prior to leaving from the FT missionary saying “I have led eleven trips now and have never had one come together like this. Plan to make as many copies of the music as you can bring, there will be 2 opportunities for worship with the villages. Oh I just know that God is up to something! I am so excited just writing this. Please pray for him and the team and the beautiful people of Guatemala. Below is the team that went last year. I am wearing the red shirt second from the left . Please also take a few minutes to explore the web page GO Ministries.

I am reading…a couple of books. Check my reviews on Goodreads.

Costly Grace                            The Immortal Life of Henriatta Lacks

I am hoping…to develop a faithful exercise regimen for myself this month. There I said it…that might help me make the commitment.

I am looking forward to…Spring! and the flowers that come with it.

I am learning…to make a plan and see it through to the end. I am pleased about this because earlier this year I realized I was not reaching my full potential by lack of follow through. In my post Destination I describe my ah-ha moment

Around the house…things are quiet. Only me and the pets here and they are both asleep. What a life!

I am pondering…what a blog make-over would look like.

A favorite quote for today…from this morning’s devotional reading…”Changing your luck means consciously ridding yourself of the obstacles you place in your own path- luck busters and luck blockers-such as your own thinking, which is the foundation for your belief system.” Taken from Romancing the Ordinary but originally sourced from Create Your Own Luck: 8 Principles of Attracting Good Fortune in Life, Love and work.

One of my favorite things…finding surprises along the way.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch and shopping tomorrow after Worship, another Tiara Tuesday event on March 13th, probably pretty quiet otherwise.

A peek into my day..if it is warm enough I think I may venture out with my new camera to explore for my next photo assignment.

Well it is almost noon. I better move along. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your day!


Women’s History Month Celebration

Here's to Good Women

Not surprisingly my first post to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month has led me on an adventure. I say this because I thoroughly enjoy research and history. When I was taking classes toward my degree(on hiatus presently) I would often read something intriguing and pursuit it further. I was usually amazed by the learning journey.

The women I choose to write about this month will be in some way connected to my home state of Connecticut. Today I will celebrate the life of Katharine Martha Hepburn.


Ms. Hepburn, known to her friends as Kit, was born 1878 in NY. She was an heiress to the Corning Glass fortune and was raised in a family that encouraged their daughters to fight for equality. She went onto graduate from college with a degree in political science and history and a Master’s in art history, pretty impressive for the era, she married Thomas Hepburn and moved to Connecticut.

Author’s note: Thomas was a physician at Hartford Hospital and became the CT’s first urologist. This is the same hospital that I work at today.

The Hepburn’s moved the the neighborhood known as Mark Twain’s Nook Farm. This neighborhood dates back from Constitutional times and has been called home to many familiar names i.e. Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and William Gillette to name a few. Do take a few moments to explore the link.

Author’s note: my cousin is the current day curator for the Mark Twain House.

The Hepburn’s raised their children in their home on Hawthorne Street. Most famous of these children being Katharine Hepburn the actress. It was initially her life that I was researching however I decided to write about the woman behind the woman.

Ms. Hepburn was an activist for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She was the co-founder for the Hartford Equal Franchise League whose membership grew to 20,000. She would eventually become president of the CT Women’s Suffrage Association and would carry a picket on the march in Washington during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency. In the 1920’s she founded the Connecticut Birth Control League which was the early beginnings of Planned Parenthood.

As you might imagine the newspapers would often have something to write about Ms. Hepburn’s activities. Her husband, Dr. Hepburn was said to scan through the papers to see what controversial activities his wife was involved in that day. If no news was reported he would sigh* dodged the bullet that day was his thought no doubt.

KH grave

Ms. Hepburn died in 1951. She is buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford(another link worthy of exploring). Katharine was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

 Author’s note: I have lived in CT all of my life yet I have never explored the Mark Twain Nook Farm Neighborhood or Cedar Hill Cemetery. I see an outing with my Canon coming…stay tuned…

Hope you enjoyed learning about this fascinating woman. I will be posting at least one blog a week of my own writing and will be featuring several guest bloggers to explore some of their favorite women. If you would like to write your own post please do share the link on my site. IN the meantime remember,

         “Well-behaved women rarely make history”

                                            ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich