Wednesday, June 30, 2010

choose how you want to live

"How many people are trapped in their everyday habits: part numb, part frightened, part indifferent? To have a better life we must keep choosing how we are living."

- Albert Einstein

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Saturday, June 26, 2010


As evident in my recent blog posts, I haven't really been writing for a while.

And I realized, that is okay.

Creativity and inspiration is not something to be forced. I can't squeeze or wring it out of my mind and my heart. I used to call it my "dry spells". But a dear friend said to me, sometimes we go through periods of incubation. I like that. It's a more honest, forgiving perspective, allowing the natural ebb and flow of inspired moments.

Lately, this book of meditations has been giving me much comfort and peace.

Check it out here.

Meanwhile, I am searching for some Zen.

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

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Monday, June 21, 2010

summer solstice

Headlands Beach, Lake Erie

Happy first day of summer!!!

How are you celebrating the longest day of the year?

"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

inner struggle

"If it's not an absolute yes, it's a no."
- Cheryl Richardson

What are your thoughts on this?

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

the art of doing nothing

I still have to train myself to enjoy do-nothing days.

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, we decided to head over to a vineyard outside of Cleveland. After about an hour's drive from the city, we found ourselves in South River Vineyard, and it was a perfect setting for doing nothing.

The wine-tasting is done in an old church building...

With a purchase of a bottle of wine, you also get a platter of crackers, cheese, and dark chocolate (I preferred the chocolate that I keep in my purse though.)

We decided on a light, but not-too-sweet wine called "Temptation." It was a rose wine "with strawberry and lilac nuances."

I liked the name of this wine:

And there is an outdoor seating area where you can savor wine while enjoying the sunshine...

...gaze at the vineyard and the setting sun, and dream of a life of a vintner.

And do nothing else.

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