Archive for the ‘inspirations’ Category

Tears of Truth

Lawrence Anthony passed away last week. If you know his name, it is probably as the man who was responsible for rescuing animals from the Baghdad Zoo when it was abandoned and looted during the U.S. invasion of the city in 2003. Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo begins with the […]

Learning From “Wild” Animals

A friend introduced me to the work of life coach Martha Beck recently, and after reading about her visits to South Africa to encounter amazing animals in their home territory on the “look-inside-this-book” pages of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, Reclaiming Your True Nature on Amazon, I decided to find out more […]

Surprise Uses

I got my own Boppy pillow for my birthday! Boppy specializes in products for infants, and this one is meant to support them while they are nursing, so you may be wondering what the heck I’m going to DO with my Boppy pillow. I am going to SIT on Boppy. I fell down the stairs […]

A Career in Writing: Susan Wittig Albert

It’s never too late to reach for your dreams. That’s what Susan Wittig Albert told women who gathered today for a luncheon sponsored by a local women’s club. “You can start late,” Albert said. “I was 52 when the first China Bayles came out.” Albert went on to write 17 mystery novels about Bayles. She […]

Into the Container

I’ve been feeling a shift. It’s not a change of seasons (we apparently aren’t leaving summer behind this year in Texas). I couldn’t describe what I’m feeling and thinking until I went to hear Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest with dozens of inspirational books to his credit, speak about his latest, Falling Upward: A Spirituality […]

Engaging the Heart

This is a portrait of Nutmeg by BZTAT. Last year, Vicki Boatwright, an Ohio artist better known as BZTAT, decided to work on her craft by making a drawing a day for a month. She was looking for inspiration one day, and I told her to take a look at the pictures of the kitten […]

Start-ups and Start-overs

My week has been primarily devoted to the beginning of the academic year and to work with an enterprising group of students who are working with me to start a communications agency to serve our campus departments and organizations. We have a lot of enthusiasm and are feeling our way into how all of this […]


[T]o lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow…” –Mrs. March Like a lot of women, I’m afraid that I haven’t made the best choices about money and other resources, or anything else for that matter. If I look at the images popular culture gives me of what success looks like — mansion, […]