Along with our pre-Christmas trip to Asheville, we here at Splendor have another tradition that we've fine-tuned over the years - we have an early day of Christmas celebration that's just the two of us. (Well, and the Furs, of course. They have quite enjoyed their toys and plushy new beds.) It's not a big, splashy … Continue reading Advent 23 – The Quiet
I came home today from spending a few days with my parents - it was a good visit and one that allowed me some time for reflection. It's very easy to get caught up in the hullabaloo of the holidays, especially the way Americans have "done" Christmas since WW2. (This article does a lovely job of … Continue reading Advent 19 – Working on Waiting
This installment of Advent Adventure deals with celebration - always a good idea in my book. Today is my father's 87th birthday. (We counted up today - it's his 42d year of playing Santa and his 27th doing the "Pilots for Kids" visit [see yesterday's post for details.]) Now, I'd argue that any of that … Continue reading Advent 18 – Birthdays & Unbirthdays
OK - this post is a direct copy from a post I made on my previous blog, Mockingbird's Nest, back in 2012, but it bears repeating tonight. I'm at my childhood home visiting my parents. Dad turns 87 tomorrow and I spent part of tonight watching him play Santa at the World's Very Best BBQ Joint, … Continue reading Advent 17 – Santa
The end of the semester needed concentrated attention from me over the last few days, and I made the right-for-me decision to let posting wait until after those responsibilities had been fulfilled. I kept working on my Advent Adventure during this time so this will be a bit of a catch-up posting. And you know … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up 2!
This was an especially nice idea - I'm thinking of it as "stealth kindness." I think that sometimes we get a little wrapped up in wanting to be "caught" being nice - you see it in some charity pictures (mission trips, soup kitchens, and so on) where people pose with the folks they're helping out. … Continue reading Advent 10 – Stealth Kindness
No, it's not a yoga move or some sort of dance-Pilates-aerobics maneuver. It's FAR more scary than that! It's time to do what you think you cannot do - and I don't mean touching your toes. You and I are, as Carl Sagan wisely noted, made of star stuff. No, really. The very iron molecules … Continue reading Diva Stretch!
I recently ran across the notion of "September resolutions" - intrigued, I read on. The idea seems to me to be a sound one - instead of making resolutions in January, when most of us are worn out, run down, and wondering how we'll stretch the bank balance until the end of the month, why … Continue reading September Resolutions!
To begin our second week of 30 Chic Days, Mme. Ferris gently suggests that I work to "be beautifully positive." This is an excellent time for this suggestion, as I got wildly off-track today. In my corner of western North Carolina, snow/sleet/freezing whatsis is predicted to begin today and continue for about two days. While … Continue reading Day 8 – Be Beautifully Positive