August 19, 2018 (231/365)

"Life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder." - David Maraniss


January 1, 2018 (001/365) • The New Year should always start with bubbles!

"Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day." - Michael Josephson

Fairy Garden

August 20, 2016 (233/366)

"Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent, where Faerie folk may rest and sleep until their night is spent. The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light, the twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."- Elizabeth T. Dillingham, A Faery Song

Whimsical fairy gardens are quite popular in craft stores and on Pinterest these days. Yet it's much more fun to discover a perfect, natural abode for a tiny sprite and to imagine that she's lurking somewhere just out of sight!


These days, my life seems to be filled with WONDER! Lately, I've been...

  • reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio. There is so much to learn from Auggie Pullman and his friends and family about life, self-esteem, acceptance, and compassion.

  • watching The Wonder Years on Netflix. I love the innocence and universal experiences of growing up, the funny kids' clothes from the late 60s and early 70s (What were our moms thinking?!), Kevin and Winnie's evolving relationship, and of course, the amazing sound track (The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors...).

  • listening to "At a moment like this I can't help but wonder, 'What would Jimmy Buffett do?'" Yes, it's summertime and Jimmy Buffett is in heavy rotation chez Larson-Horne. Boats, Bars, Beaches, Ballads is our soundtrack for evenings on the deck (of the house and the boat).

  • wondering how to keep up my French conversation skills. It's been a year since I stopped teaching French, and I've noticed that my opportunities to parle français are limited. I have been watching French films on Netflix and writing emails to my friends in France, but I need to cultivate more opportunities to practice. Perhaps I should Skype or have a Google Hangout avec mes amis, volunteer or teach at the Alliance française de Milwaukee, chat with Max at Le Rendez-vous or Didier at Lake Park Bistro, or better yet, start planning my next voyage en France. It seems I always have wonder wanderlust!