A Safe Place – Where And When Did You Last Feel Safe?

The world can only seem a safe place when we feel safe inside. – Agapi Stassinopoulos “Where And When Did You Last Feel Safe?” was asked recently in a writer’s workshop.  Challenged to describe a safe place in a twelve-minute free-form writing exercise, I was pleasantly surprised where I went. I found myself on my […]

Hitting A Wall? You Are In Good Company

We are living in a demented world. And we know it. It would not come as a surprise to anyone if tomorrow the madness gave way to afrenzy which would leave our poor Europe in a state of distracted stupor, with engines still turning and flags streaming in the breeze, but with the spirit gone. […]

Signs Of Life! A Stunning Surprise From The Compost Bin

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the signs of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent. – John Ruskin Signs of […]

How Memorials And Memories Challenge And Encourage

“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called repairing the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”   Isaiah 58:12 There are a series of BLOG posts about how the families, for whom our historic home is named, converged […]

Four Weddings Of Maison Steinbuchel – Love, Elegance and Disappointments

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – William Shakespeare June is rapidly approaching, as is the peak of the wedding season.  Even in these times, June weddings continue as a tradition.  It seemed […]

How Does One Find The Slipstream To A Transformational Adventure?

I have lived my life in the slipstream of experience – Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard A slipstream is defined as “a current of air or water driven back by a revolving propeller or jet engine” and “an assisting force regarded as drawing something along behind something else.”  As applies to life, it usually is in retrospect that I […]

Three Transformational And Memorable Stories That Connect Time

“Family stories can be told nearly anywhere. They cost us only our time, our memories, our creativity. They can inspire us, protect us, and bind us to others. So be generous with your stories, and be generous in your stories. Remember that your children may have them for a lifetime.” Elaine Reese Collecting and recording […]

What One Thing Never Fails?

Love Never Fails….. (1 Corinthians 13:8) The gavel came down and the divorce was final.  My childhood sweetheart, the boy down the street had simply decided he did not want to be married.  I had no say, no voice in the matter, except to go on record that this was not my desire, but the […]

Hiding Out In A Secret Place

Hiding out:  “I am nothing but an imperfect being, who is residing on earth with a perfect God as my guidance and protection.”  ― Edmond Mbiaka I am not going to whine or state the obvious about 2020, but like most, I am glad it is in the rear view mirror.  Even so, as I reflect, […]