Week 22 - Creative: Door

May 30, 2018 (150/365)

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell

Week 22 - Creative: Door [A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.] #dogwoodweek22, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018 • ƒ/2.2, 1/1172, ISO32

De rigueur

August 31, 2016 (244/366)

de ri·gueur də riˈɡər,rēˈɡœr/ (adjective) required by etiquette or current fashion. synonyms: fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, modish, up to date, up-to-the-minute, all the rage, du jour, trendy, with it, customary, standard, conventional, normal, orthodox, usual, comme il faut; compulsory, necessary, essential;

As educators scramble to set up classrooms while students decorate lockers and unwrap new school supplies (Don't you just love new notebooks, pencils, markers, etc.?!), I am inspired by Charles Schulz's creative space in Santa Rosa, California. "Sparky" surrounded himself not only with the necessary tools to do his work but also with photos of his travels and family, with words of inspiration and notes of gratitude, and a not-so-subtle reminder that « Ici, le sourire est de rigueur! » -- "Here a smile is fashionable." What a great reminder as a new school year begins to greet people and challenges with a welcoming gesture and a positive attitude.


July 22, 2016 (204/366) "A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year." - Paul Sweeney

Home Sweet Home

June 20, 2015 Sweet Home...

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It was a whirl wind trip to California. I've been in five airports in the past three days, and while it's always exciting to discover new places, it always feel great to come home. Today, between 4:00 am and 4:00 pm, I flew over the Pacific, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. Yet when we finally circled Chicago before heading north along the shore of Lake Michigan, that warm feeling of home came over me. Still, during my brief layover at O'Hare, I felt that familiar urge to hop on a plane to Paris. Yet fifteen minutes later, when we touched down in Milwaukee, it sure felt good to be home!