Category: Holidays

  • engaging…lately {52}

    engaging…lately {52}

    After 26 hours, 3 airlines (Southwest, Frontier, United), reschedules (Chicago, Buffalo, Pittsburgh), cancellations (Chicago, Buffalo), and, eventually, 5+ hours’ on the tarmac in Denver–they’re here! (Their luggage isn’t–but they are. And that’s all that matters!) They held incredibly steady and remained good-humored throughout; parents (all) held our collective breath ’til the kids texted off the […]

  • happy solstice!

    happy solstice!

    Night before last I had a text thread going with my brother that had me laughing so hard I was still laughing as I went to sleep. (Whenever that happens — a really good laugh — I think to myself, More of that! More of that kind of laughing.) First thing next morning? I had […]

  • engaging…lately {51}

    engaging…lately {51}

    All is calm, all is bright — believe it or not! Typically, I wouldn’t think calm. Not this close to holidays. (Here we are: week-ending no. 51, after all.) And, sure, there’ll be last-minute business of Christmas. (There always is.) (No matter how far in advance we prepare.) And I’ll aim to be buttoned up […]

  • books to give or receive or both! {a holiday installment}

    books to give or receive or both! {a holiday installment}

    I’m excited to share a small stack of favorites I’ve piled the last couple months. Each one would make a delightful gift to give–or receive! Or…both There are 15 books here (10 non-fiction adult; 2 chapter book series; 3 picture books (my favorites). So let’s get to it! Full disclosure: I’ve read several but not […]

  • advent’ish {a holiday installment}

    advent’ish {a holiday installment}

    Without making this a faith conversation, I will say, As a Unitarian Universalist, I celebrate the spirit of Christmastime. And in that spirit I celebrate little-a advent. There is *a* waiting. A preparation. An anticipation. Just not The waiting. The preparation. The anticipation. In its own rite, little-a advent offers me much: Contemplation, for one. […]

  • engaging lately…{49}

    engaging lately…{49}

    It’s been snowy-windy-rainy-gray-dark-and-blustery. And yet? I’m feeling the light! Thanks to this guy. He brings it… And I love his story: At Linc’s part-time job, one of his tasks is breaking down boxes and schlepping them out back for recycling. One summer night when he called for a ride, he double-checked there was room in […]

  • getting my hygge on

    getting my hygge on

    This weekend’s snowfall ushered in some capital H- Holiday Hygge. And I’m loving it! Which I say with a great dose of gratitude, thankful we’re safe, warm, and healthy. (Not counting that flu.) Yesterday morning the ‘feels like’ temperature was 6°. Every cold day, I say out loud I’m grateful for a warm home. In […]

  • on traditions {a holiday installment}

    on traditions {a holiday installment}

    Okay. It’s getting ridiculous. This topic should not be so tough to tackle! Here’s a fourth and final stab. What I want to talk about is traditions. What I want to say is: I always thought that the older I got, the more traditions would matter to me. Instead, I find it’s the opposite. It’s […]

  • prepare [in order] to be present

    prepare [in order] to be present

    Earlier this month I said I’d come back to this topic. And while it felt a bit early then, it’s feeling less early now! As leaves fall and we schedule flights for Audrey and I tuck a gift away for my brother… I’m coming back ’round. On retreat a few weeks ago, I read through […]

  • And Still.

    And Still.

    Savor, Possibility, Thrive, and Curate. Starting in 2018, with my word as my tool, I’ve opened to the question, How can I loosen my grip on control? How can I tend less to managing [everything] and…be? I looked at my Curate mindmap when I sat down to write today. Occasionally, I’ll update the map–a light […]