Growth

July 6, 2016 (188/366)

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." - Benjamin Franklin. I've spent most of the summer planning and planting to improve our landscape. A garden takes work, patience, and faith, and not everything turns out as planned, but the growth and change are exciting and motivating. So too, every once and a while, I feel the urge to change the layout (and the focus) of this blog to keep things fresh. What do you think?

Moving on

October 28, 2015 {301/365} "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things..." ~ Walt Disney

After over ten years in the house on the corner that we built while we were engaged, we are moving on. It has been a whirlwind of house showings, cleaning, packing, and meetings. After realizing that we had outgrown with the addition of Miss Piper and that we wanted shade and space, we began looking at houses. Our home was on the market for five days before an offer to buy made moving an imminent reality. The whole process has taken only six weeks. By Halloween, we should be welcoming family, friends, and trick-or-treaters to Hawks Hollow, our new home in Delafield. Pictures soon.

Leaves

October 1, 2015 {274/365}

"Ho! for the leaves that eddy down, crumpled yellow and withered brown; Hither and yonder and up the street and trampled under the passing feet; Swirling, billowing, drifting by, with a whisper soft and a rustling sigh..."

- Grace Strickler Dawson

Change

September 15, 2015 {258/365} Changing

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - JFK

Although autumn doesn't officially arrive for another week, there are subtle signs of change in the air: Days are shorter, nights are cool and damp, fields are turning golden, and if you look carefully, you'll catch brilliant glimpses of changing leaves. I always look forward to the shift from languid summer to brisk autumn.  Although it has become almost cliché, here's my list of fall favorites: walking through the woods -- the smell and sound of dried leaves beneath my feet, bundling up in sweaters and scarves, warm tights and comfy boots (I feel more "me" at this time of year), Packers football, cozy fires, lovely soft yarns for knitting projects, steaming cups of coffee, tea, or cider, bold red wines, carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds. This year, there is also the prospect of even bigger changes...stay tuned!

Around the Bend

May 19, 2015 {139/365} Bend

"...my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend.” ~ Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

Like Anne, I thought I had it all figured out. Consistency and routine are comforting and safe, but it's the bend, the risk, the change -- therein lies the fascination!

Ripples

November 2, 2014 Photo (306/365): "Ripples"

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ~ Mother Teresa

Red

September 21, 2014 Photo (234/365): "Red"

"I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done..."

- Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

Effect

September 8, 2014 Photo (251/365): "Effect"

“You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.” 

- The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

The butterfly effect is a scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. What a wonderful philosophy for educators! Since my college days at Marquette, I've embraced the challenge to "Be the Difference." We must believe that even the smallest changes that we make in the lives of students every day have the power to transform the future. It is an awesome task that can leave one tired and battered, but what could possibly be more important?

Perspective

April 14, 2014 Photo (104/365): "Perspective"

"Change in all things is sweet." - Aristotle

Everyone once and a while, it's good to look at things from a different perspective, to reconsider the obvious or comfortable choice. To that end, it's time for a spring makeover -- a clean layout & subtle palate to showcase my photos.