Random Thoughts

Listening for Yellow

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers, and plants that make up the displays gracing so many of our homes, churches, and public spaces. One December, a woman and her little girl visited Longwood Gardens, a 300-acre […]

Read More

Our Lingering Selves

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger We’re in the midst of “the travel season,” the final six weeks of the year. Although my own holiday travel won’t involve more than a drive out of state, I find myself thinking about this Helen Bevington quote: “I have learned this strange thing, too, about travel: […]

Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your families health, healing, and happiness. Happy Thanksgiving! β€”Maria Print PDFRelated Posts:Happy Thanksgiving! From Me and My Fairytale PumpkinMake Your Own Bone Broth From Thanksgiving Turkey BonesMaria’s Five Favorites: Things to Be Thankful For

Read More

When Did ‘Hello’ Become Harassment?

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Let me go on record here: I don’t understand the point of the Hollaback video. In case you’ve been on Neptune for the past week or two, here’s the story. An actress, Shoshana B. Roberts, took a casual 10-hour stroll through New York City neighborhoods while a […]

Read More

In Defense of the Selfie

It’s popular for people my age to complain about selfies or call people who take them narcissistic. And I’m sure, as with every single thing on this planet, people can take them to an extreme, including the famed “duck face” of selfie culture. But I was thinking about it the other day while looking through […]

Read More

Celebrating the Harvest of Middle Age, or Becoming a Peach

by guest blogger Elizabeth Murray, author Living Life in Full Bloom: 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity & Relationships This is the season of harvest when all of the hard work, intention, and magic of the spring and summer have come to fruition. There is such abundance that we are overflowing and can […]

Read More

Coming Home

In the past few weeks I’ve traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Philadelphia, New York City (many times), and Maine (for college visits). While all my travels were amazing and inspiring, and I have no horror stories from the road (other than the strange fact that I constantly seemed just a few short steps […]

Read More

Leave the Baby, Take the Popcorn

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Let me start by saying I had no idea. But when I googled “mommy taking baby to movies,” the search returned 240,000,000 results. (Fun Fact: When I googled “mommy reading to baby,” I got 23,500,000 hits. Shall I go on?) Why would I google “mommy taking baby […]

Read More