What Is Your Gift?

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“Be a good steward of your gifts, ” the poet Jane Kenyon urged.
Days can get away from us and we fail to do the one thing that is most important.
This is a wasted day. We really have no time to waste.

Special Times

“This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph Waldo EmersonIMG_9040

The Precious Years

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“Charm doesn’t fade, wit doesn’t age, and knowledge is still priceless. If we live well, every year we become a year’s worth better, smarter, and more fun.” Molly Ivins
Children remember these special times – really, they only remember the special times.

The Children Were Here

This shoppe on Gaylord Street in Denver is near one of my favorite restaurants, Wash Park Grill. I love to walk by it because everything inside and displayed in the windows is colorful and unique.
The children’s drawings demonstrate that an environment of freedom of creativity is fostered by the owners. I imagine that no one told the kids what to do, the drawings came from their hearts. And, the art was made by hand, outside!

Smiles Are...Money

Look around you, who is smiling? From my experience, not too many people have thought to truly smile. Part of being an adult is knowing the power that a smile has on our environment, no matter what we are currently going through. Children look for smiles, families want to see it and the world is simply better if we have the courage to smile.

A Simple Skill, Oh So Important

Pure cooking is a skill . Eating well with fresh ingredients, cooking knowledge, and a good list of delicious dishes we can prepare is a skill. Simplicity.
Children acquainted with all manner of food, prepared well, are the lucky ones.
Eating isn’t optional. It can be a pleasure to share with others. Purely simple.
Osteria Marco, Denver, Colorado

Our Impact on Others

“Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others?” Neil deGrasse and Annie Druyan
And, it’s always so hard to know how much we’ll mean to the people in our lives.

Consistency?

I hear people criticize others when they’re not consistent over time. Seems to me that evolving thinking is clearly a sign of intelligence. Rigidity is not.
For example, just look at nature – as it changes..

On Being A Boss

“I’ve got this boss thing all figured out.”
Treat subordinates as grown-ups – they’ll grow up. Kill grimness with laughter. Maintain an atmosphere of informality. Encourage exuberance. Get rid of sad dogs who spread gloom. Sack incurable politicians... Oglilvy told me all this

 Smart Young Heroines, At the Mall

I watched these smart, patient mothers try to navigate a lunch out together with their combined five children. The children ate, the mothers didn’t have time. The kids enjoyed the outing; the mothers tried their best to keep everyone safe and happy, as they smiled reservedly at each other. The moms wanted some conversation, but maybe it will have to wait until a nap-time phone call.
Whatever their husbands were doing at work was nowhere as difficult as this outing to the mall. Our heroines.

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