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Three Happy Stabilizers In The Midst of Confusion

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. – Francis Bacon (1625) Essays ‘Of Gardens’ In the midst of pandemic confusion, three stabilizers:  zinnias, Butterflies and the Monet Garden at Maison Steinbuchel have provided peace and a sort of anchor this summer.  The March into April shutdown prevented visiting […]

Can What We Know Prevent Desired Learning?

‘It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.’ – Claude Bernard Unlearning so that desired learning can occur seems counter intuitive.  Yet, during a recent experience in upgrading my piloting skills, I had to do some serious unlearning to learn! I have been a private pilot since 1992.  With the exception […]

Behind The Scenes – Reflections On September 11

It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her … For those thousands in […]

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Sure And Positive Outcomes When God Reaches

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 “God reaches” in my life are a daily constant.  I don’t know how anyone can walk this life without […]

The Joyful Pleasure Of Riding A Bike

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F Kennedy In this season of social distancing, face masks and isolation, a the joyful pleasure of a simple bike ride can do wonders.  Here is a reflection on a ride I took some years ago,  through eyes that saw the contribution of […]

Why Bother With A Tail Wheel Endorsement?

In the Fall of 2019, I applied for and was awarded a scholarship from Women In Aviation (WAI), for training toward getting a tail wheel endorsement.  But why bother? I earned my private pilot certificate, single engine land (SEL), in 1992 in a Cessna 152, a tricycle gear aircraft.  Over the next few years, I […]

How To Keep This Summer Special

Summer is very precious.     Dylan Lauren       The summer of 2020 is almost over.  I doubt it was typical for anyone anywhere in the world.  Wearing masks, sanitizing anything and anyone entering our space, shutdowns, job losses, and schools, what is going to happen with our schools?  All of these questions, […]

Why This Is A Good Time For Life Planning

“You have been given a gift—your life. What will you do with it?” – ― Michael Hyatt, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want In 2016 I embarked on composing a Life Plan.  I wrote about the process in a series of posts at that time. I followed the […]

Four Sweet Attributes of Strut The Cat

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.  – James Herriot Judging from the amount of time I manage to spend watching animal videos on social media, there is no doubt we are enamored with our pets.  At Maison Steinbuchel, we have cats. For the moment four, two upstairs and two for the back stairs.  Each of the […]