Quiet Space

Breakfast for Your Soul

While I don’t believe in prescriptions for living, I advocate for calm. For quiet spaces that open your heart and free your mind. One of my best investments in comfort is the rocking chair on our porch that sits facing east for the new day. Most mornings I step outside to an ebony sky. The
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Grandpa Lou, the Optimist

An Optimist Who Lived With Intention

My father-in-law Lou died one year ago. His daughter Barbara and I sat with him for the last bit life and the final blessing. A year later Lou’s gifts of unquestioning optimism and confidence seem more remarkable than ever. All his accomplishments began with a foundation of consistent hard work, but they were realized because
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morning light

The Morning Light Soothes Your Soul

Home alone this morning I made pancakes served on handmade ceramics. Even a tiny clay pitcher for the maple syrup. I added a handcrafted juice cup and napkin just because. Perfection. I adore a handmade table setting. Table set and pancake done, I sat at the kitchen counter with the newspaper and took the first
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Everyone's Mom Aunt Kay

Everyone’s Mom

Kay Math is a wonder and a beloved aunt. In addition to parenting her five children, she is a mom to many of her nieces and nephews, including me. She taught me how to bake, sew, iron, shuck corn, slice a tomato and churn butter. By example, she demonstrated how to be a gracious hostess
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