To Change Your Life, Change Your Environment

To Change Your Life, Change Your Environment

Some people enthusiastically set goals in January while others avoid New Year’s resolutions altogether. Regardless of which camp you fall into, cultural milestones like the dawn of a new decade tend to get us thinking about our priorities. For me, the arrival of 2020 has driven home the fact that time is passing at an alarming rate. (Y2K was twenty years ago? Seriously??) In response, I’m ear…
The Road to Joy is Paved With Turtle Steps

The Road to Joy is Paved With Turtle Steps

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force, but through persistence." Ovid, Roman poet Let me tell you about my friend, Martha Beck. To be clear, Martha does not know I exist, but I consider her my friend anyway. Her story of how she maneuvered from a life of unhappiness and stress to one filled with joy and meaning has inspired me. You may know about Martha already.…
The Clean Slate of Spring

The Clean Slate of Spring

As a gardener, the resilience of Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. For example, I planted rose bushes a few years ago that truly have no business being alive right now. They’ve been trampled by dogs, riddled with disease and bugs, flooded with too much rain during the summer, and frozen by exceptionally cold temperatures in winter. Each year, I’m certain I’ve seen and smelled the las…